Monday, November 18, 2013

Student Parent Teacher Conferences

We've been so busy; I don't know where to start. First let me share a quote:

 "In fact, one of the saddest but most common conditions in elementary school computer labs (when they exist in the developing world), is the children are being trained to use Word, Excel and PowerPoint," Negroponte wrote in an e-mail interview. "I consider that criminal, because children should be making things, communicating, exploring, sharing, not running office automation tools."

---Nicholas Negroponte, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab

 In our Language Arts classroom we learn to read with understanding, write clearly so others understand, listen carefully to hear what others have to say, and speak clearly so others understand when listening to us. We learn to develop our voice and our own ideas through reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

And we share our thinking with others in our KidBlogs [public] and Edmodo [private]. We communicate with other bloggers, and have even Skyped with another class already this year about the book we are reading, Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper. Some of us created videos about the themes in Out of My Mind, which we respectfully call OOMM. We'll share them all when we have completed them, but here is the work of Grade Seven:

Theme OOMM from Sheri Edwards on Vimeo.

And we collaborated with several classes using our themes for our part of the project. Other classes contributed setting, characters, plot, and point of view. You can view that collaborative video here, graciously put together by Ms Jas Kooner in British Columbia!

As you can see, we are reading, writing, sharing, communicating, creating, just as Mr. Negroponte suggested. We are learning the skills of 21st Century thinkers and problem-solvers.

So, for conference day, please look at the reading, writing, collaborative, and creative skills of your child. There's a whole lot of thinking going on!

The Schedule:

Come in any time.  Teacher lunch is 11:30 - 12:00. Ms Edwards has a webinar training from 8:00 to 9:00.
Students will share their work and learning.
Ask them questions; give them two compliments and one wish for improvement.
Ask teacher any questions.

Be sure to:
Get report card
Sign Student Learning Plans
Grades 7, 8: Get College Bound Application
Get Engrade information to log into student's grades.

We look forward to sharing with you!

Ms Edwards

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