Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Thursday June 14 was an absolute wonderful day! It started off by a great tour of our local museum where students were taken back into the past to the early days of the Swan Valley settlement. So many things to see, do, and wonder about, so much learning going on, and yes , even some yummy treats!! In the afternoon , we held our annual Taylor Top Dog Tug-o-War, lots of tugging and smiling !!!
Posted by R McDonald at 3:20 PM
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Screens play an important part in the everyday learning in our classroom. Our school division realizes the importance of technology and is very supportive in every way possible. We are very fortunate to have three laptops, three desktops, and six iPads to use as assistive technology tools in our room. It's really a way of using the appropriate technology when it's necessary, but not for everything and not for every day. So yes, we will be working with manipulatives in math class, we still work on writing with paper and pencils, and we know the only way to become a better reader is by reading, but when we need the technology, it's there. Students maybe working on posting to their blogs on the desktops /laptops, researching a project, or collaborating on an iPad to create a digital story or animated comic strip.
With tablets and mobile learning devices becoming increasingly popular not only at school, but at home, I thought I would try to give parents some guidance when choosing apps to download. We have some really good sites linked on our classroom wiki that give reviews and suggestions by grade level or by subject, of the best educational apps on the market. The apple App store has over 500,000 apps and counting, so yes it can be an extremely daunting task to sift through to find the gems. Click here.. to link to our wiki. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions .
Posted by R McDonald at 8:01 PM
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wear the Shirt. Be the Difference
On April 11, 2012 people province wide will be wearing pink shirts to bring awareness to bullying issues and what we can do to create a safe and respectful environment in our communities.
Why Pink? Pink Shirt Day is an engaging way to get students thinking about bullying and about what they can do to create a safe and respectful environment in their school. This initiative started in 2007 when two high school students in Nova Scotia took a stand against bullying. By asking all of their peers to wear pink to school in support of a male classmate who had been bullied for wearing a pink shirt, they created a grassroots campaign that has attracted worldwide attention. All students at Taylor School were encouraged to wear Pink and take an active stand against bullying.
We were also lucky enough to have a very healthy and nutritious breakfast of fruit, yogurt, granola bars, and muffins, all supplied by Gord and the staff from Extra Foods . Thanks so much for the breakfast!
Posted by R McDonald at 10:12 PM