This week felt VERY long. The first week back always does. I'm finding myself feeling exhausted and there's so much still to do. Despite the exhaustion (and necessary testing) it has been a lot of fun as well.
Fun this week
Introduction to the Wonderful World of Blogging
I explained blogging to the year 4 students and showed them this blog. I talked to them about privacy issues for kids and explained that they will create an avatar and alternate identity for their internet presence. We used Build Your Wild Self to create the avatars and saved them to student files. Next session we will need to crop the pictures to get something that will be an appropriate size for a standard avatar. The kids loved this activity and also enjoyed creating a nickname to use.
Circle Time - The FRIENDS values
Some of the teachers in our school developed a great resource on the SMART Board complete with activities for teaching our values program. There is a junior program for students P-3 and a senior program for students 4-6. This week we had the introductory circle time where students played "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and thought about what they would do in different scenarios.
Starting Year 4 Worksheet
Johnno, my teaching partner, is great at finding useful resources for us on Primary Rescources. He found this worksheet for students to complete at the beginning of the school year. He modified it to suit our group. It's a useful introduction to our students and will make a good starter item for the portfolios.