Friday, November 29, 2013

November: Thanksgiving And More

November is so busy -- you've seen Parent Student Teacher Conferences, but you probably didn't realize that the grade eight students are involved in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. Each student set a word count goal they could meet given the days we have to work on them -- we lose some to testing, basketball, holidays. As you can see on our Progress Page, we made 124% of our goal:
If you click the Progress Page link, you can see each students' progress. We wrote fantasies, action/adventure, and survival stories. Be sure to ask your student about it! They did share them at conferences.

We continued our work in all grades with reading for understanding: finding the main idea, the key ideas that support it, and how the author developed his/her ideas. We learned how character actions to solve their problem helped us learn about real life interactions, and continued our work with theme.

Remember you can always find our lesson plans here [ My Planbook ] and our student web resources here [ LA Goals ]

One of our next targets is to ask better questions. We will be starting our Junior Great Books program, Level One, in grades seven and eight, which focuses on interpretation of the text and and deeper learning and understanding through questioning, discussion, and writing. This process is called Shared Inquiry or Socratic Method. We'll start the process in grade six in January.

Basketball Rocks! Excitement is always in the air during this season for even those who don't play love to watch our team.  We even have some grade eight kids participate as JV Raiders! Wowser!



And finally, we thank you, our students, family, and community for your continued support and encouragement. Happy Thanksgiving!





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Friday, November 22, 2013

Thank You Students and Families

Thank you students and families!  We have had our best conferences ever! In grades 678, students led the conferences, showing their learning and activities.

Thank you all so much for encouraging each other, supporting needs for improvement, but most of all for recognizing the good work students displayed.




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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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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Veterans Day





We are so thankful for the contest sponsored every year by the VFW Auxiliary which helps student honor those who have served our country and us.  This year Kathy Moses announced the winners:

Poster Winner
1st
Trenton Valenzuela, Nespelem School  4th Grade
2nd Breezy Marchand, Nespelem School 4th Grade
3rd Zack Sellars, Nespelem School 6th Grade
Essay Winner
1st Miah Bearcub, Nespelem School 7th Grade
2nd Scotti Adolph, Nespelem School 6th Grade
3rd LorRinda Richardson, Nespelem School 6th Grade


Elders Darlene Wilder and Barbara Aripa

Our Nespelem Veteran's Memorial Wall



Our fourth through eighth grades attended the Grand Coulee Dam Veterans Assembly, and spent time on our Veterans Wall, looking for the names of relatives who have served. The Veterans Wall was in our foyer during the first two weeks of November. Ms Lezard also created a display for our showcase.





A published essay by an eighth grade student can be read here.


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