Friday, 22 November 2013

Finishing the race

I love this story - sometimes showing up is more important than coming first. How have you 'finished the race' this week? What do you think is more important participating or coming first? Why?

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Cliques - the documentary

Earlier this year our class went to see a documentary called I Am Eleven which followed the story of 11 year olds in different countries across the globe.

After skyping with the director of the movie, Genevieve Baileyour students made a documentary focusing in on our own stories.

Here is one of the documentaries it's about cliques in schools.

Do you have any cliques in your school?

Why do you think cliques form?

Have you ever challenged yourself to become friends with people you would not normally hang out with?

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Tom makes the case for 3D printers

Tom is trying to get his Dad to buy him a 3D printer. Perhaps if Mr Henderson learns more about them, maybe we could get one for the school!

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Giorgi rocks PechaKucha!

During speeches our students were given the opportunity to have a go at presenting in PechaKucha. Japanese for chit chat, PechaKucha has a strict format of slides on auto timer. It's an incredibly hard format to master because the pictures are telling a story with the words. If you speak too fast, you out of sync and have to stop. Too are slow, then you will get behind.

Giorgi had a great speech and spoke confidently. She spoke on a topic she felt passionate about and she tried something new.

Way to go Giorgi!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Lets leave some comment love for the iKids

Room 2 at Maraekakaho school in the Hawkes Bay have been a huge fan of our videos. They have been practicing writing for information and have sent each member of our class an email.

Please leave a quality comment on their blog. 

Friday, 8 November 2013

The power of noticing

There's some fascinating science behind the power of memory. Do you know that we actually remember far less than we think we do?

 Part of lollypop moments is taking the time to notice little things we do all to make life better. For example someone picking up rubbish or taking the time reunite a jersey

What have you taken the time to notice this week?

How have you been mindful?

Make a plan to notice something small next week? What will you do how will you notice? What do you plan to do as a result of this action?

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Fun with MaKey MaKey

As part of our unit on enterprise Room 15 is looking at inventing our own console for an online game. Over the holidays our teacher bought a MaKey MaKey. A MaKey MaKey is a circuit which hooks up to your computer you then hook up the circuit to different objects via alligator clips. The catch is finding out which materials will conduct a tiny electricity to complete the circuit and turn the object into a key on the computer.

 Our teacher went to an online drum kit to help us test different materials. It was lots of fun but now the serious business of designing a console begins!

Monday, 4 November 2013

The very hungry caterpillar

Room 15 made this movie waaaaaay back in term 1. We hope Marvin's iKids enjoy our movie. Do you think we should do another book iMovie? What book should we choose?

Friday, 1 November 2013

The importance of lollypop moments

I really love our tradition of Lollypop moments. It's important to take time to show gratitude for those small things that we all do to make our lives a bit better.

What effect do you think lollypop moments have on our class?

What effect do you think lollypop moments have on you?

Do you acknowledge others good deeds when there are not lollypops?  What might be the effect of showing you are grateful on others?