Watch the following video and see how the girl must feel as she goes through her day. We continue to hear and say that we won’t bully and we won’t be bystanders but do we put ourselves in the shoes of those who are bullied? Are we empathizing with what the day must be like? For your weekly blog post this week, I would like you to write the story of the bullied character’s day. Not the day where it gets better but the day before. Write her story from when she gets up one morning to when she goes to bed. Include interactions with her parents, her teachers and her friends. If we can try to understand a little more how it feels to live that life, maybe we can work even harder to make a difference in the lives of those around us.
“You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose”.
This quote from Dr. Seuss is so empowering. He really offers a message to everyone, each one of us has our own special set of skills, abilities and CHOICE! We can steer ourselves any direction that we choose. This week I have seen such amazingness from you all. You were being positive role models, sharing the robot and it’s abilities to the kindies and the grade 8’s. You were steering yourselves in positive directions. For your task this week, I want you to think of how you can continue to steer yourself in a positive direction.
What is one thing you can do this week that will make a positive difference in someone’s life?
For your blog post this week, choose to do one nice thing that makes a difference for someone. Describe what you did as a story, or a narrative. Can you tell it so that we can point out the characters, the conflict, the climax? Tell us the story of your positive choices so that we can all celebrate how we’re making the world a better place--one kind act at a time!
This past week in class we looked at poetry and we wrote poems to commemorate Remembrance Day. Poetry is a powerful writing tool, an amazing art form and a wonderful way to communicate meaning. Poems can take many forms and they cross many genres. This week we also finished PAX, which was an incredible story about friendship, family, and war. For your blog post this week, I’d like you to write a poem that conveys some feeling, some meaning, some idea from PAX. You can write your poem in a google doc and paste the link in the comments below and if you do it this way, you can use font, colour, images, and more to make your poem come alive. If you post your poem to your website, post the link to that and we’ll read it there Friday. Let’s celebrate the amazing story we just finished.
This week, we looked at our learning skills and took some time to be very reflective of our own learning so far this semester. For this week I want you to continue to be reflective on your learning, and your personality and to think about failure. Failure isn’t fun, it never feels good, and sometimes it can be downright embarrassing! The crazy thing about it though, is that it’s through failure that we do our biggest amounts of growing as students, as learners, and as people. In your blog post this week, I want you to think back on this past month, week, year, etc. and write down 3 times that you failed or weren’t successful on something you tried. Write down what happened, why you feel that you failed and what you learned from this failure.
My example for this week:
One of this biggest learning times I have ever experienced is when I was in teacher’s college. I had a class of grade 6’s and I was teaching them about finding volume of triangular prism. I had the vice principal in the class watching and I TAUGHT IT TO THEM WRONG! I got confused with the numbers and the vice-principal had to come up and help me with the lesson. What I learned from that failure was that: 1. preparation is key when teaching any lesson and 2. Mistakes happen and you have to be able to accept that as a teacher.
Mr. Steltman's Class
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