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It's Underway - 2016!

posted Mar 3, 2016, 12:23 AM by Unknown user

Room Three has kicked the year off with a focus on their learning and levels of agency.  What this means is that our students are setting themselves up to become 'self-managing' learners.  We already have four students who are now able to choose where to go to do their learning.  This could be in our brand new breakout room complete with a 'green room' environment and beanbags or in our fabulous library.  
Our homework club is going strong with students working on a weekly written piece based on a short movie.  This is inspiring 'personal voice' and a bit of competition to see whose written pieces make it to the wall.  


It's all about Choice ...

posted Aug 24, 2015, 2:07 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 24, 2015, 2:09 AM ]

Over the next few weeks Officer Lynda Kendrick, our police education officer, will be teaching our Seniors about drug education.  This also encompasses self esteem, making good decisions and being strong enough not to bend to peer pressure.  We will also be looking at persuasive advertising and how this can sway our opinions.  Throughout the rest of our term the students will be building their own story.  These will be shared at the end of the term.  We would love you to join us.  

A genuine question is one we don't know the answer to ...

posted Aug 3, 2015, 12:41 AM by Unknown user

This last week I have been at Auckland University learning some more about Open to Learning Leadership.  So, what does this have to do with Room Three and their learning?  Right now we are at the beginning of our Inquiry.  Everyone is working on their two open ended questions.  The difficulty is ensuring your question is not closed.  A good way to know it is closed is that it can either be answered with a yes, no or a short answer.  I also define a closed question as one I can find the answer to on google in 20 seconds.  

Back to Auckland and the title of this week's blog.  A genuine question is one we don't know the answer to.  I want our students Inquiry to be a genuine one and for that to happen they can't know the answer already - which doesn't lead to real new learning.  

It's All About the Rugby ...

posted Jul 21, 2015, 1:39 AM by Unknown user

Monday arrived with everyone keen to get on with the business of learning.  For me, I had planned the ultimate first week plan, jam packed with engaging learning materials.  That was until Jordon informed me that Zac Guildford was at Weber School.  Was he coming to see us?  Could we go and see him?  What's a teacher to do?  Ask Fayln to get on the phone and start investigating is what she does!  We diligently completed our maths assessment and then jumped on the bus - thanks Mrs Berry!  What a great morning, Weber School welcomed us and our Seniors had a great time learning some new skills with Zac Guildford and two other Hawkes Bay Magpies - Michael Alardice and Mason Emerson.  Autographs were signed and the coveted Ranfurly Shield was held rather tightly!

A new addition to our literacy Programme is AVAILL http://www.availll.com/about/.  Check the link for a detailed understanding.  This is a fun programme that sees students watching a movie with subtitles and having to record certain things.  It also involves the original novel the movie was adapted from. Our first one is 'Hook' an adaptation from J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan.  

Our Inquiry unit on the Rugby World Cup kicked off with a lively game of Double Jeopardy.  Students had to answer questions around rugby with different values in the hope of winning.  We learnt we know quite abit about the game and we also learnt that there are facts we don't know!  

Our online classroom.google.com is up and running and everyone is becoming familiar with this - ask your child to share this with you.  

Welcome to Term Three

posted Jul 16, 2015, 12:23 AM by Unknown user

After the excitement and success of our production, Hansel and Gretel we are ready to settle into some new learning.  This term we are splitting our learning into two five week blocks.  One will involve the Rugby World Cup and the second the programme Choice.  This is about us looking after ourselves, being aware of social roadblocks such peer pressure, self-esteem issues and dangers such as drugs and alcohol.  Stay tuned for our regular updates.  

Week Ten

posted Jun 22, 2015, 10:06 PM by Unknown user

It's a busy week, this week and Room Three are out and about on various E.O.T.C.s.  First up is our Year Eight boys who are off on the two day leadership camp.  I know they will have an absolute blast and come back showing up what they have learnt.  For the rest of Room Three, Year Five and some Year Fours, they are off to the Seven Aside Tournament in Pahiatua.  This was very successful last year - wrap up people the wintery blast will be there to greet you!  

We welcome back Harold and the Life Education Bus this Wednesday and Thursday.  This year Harold is going to teach us all about how important 'empathy' is.  Our students will learn about understanding each other's differences and respecting those.  

Our end of the week will be very exciting with a trip to Palmerston North to go ice skating and do some art lessons at Te Manawa.  It's all fun and excitement!

Week Nine

posted Jun 16, 2015, 12:33 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 16, 2015, 12:53 AM ]

This week we had a Reading Cafe with a French Flavour!  On the menu was quiche lorraine, chicken and mushroom crepes and Chocolate eclairs.  As usual, all was made from scratch, including our pastry.  It was great to see the whole class had earned the right to be there to cook and eat.  But of course, the main reason we were there was to review the novels we are reading.  Room Three is reviewing their novels on a much deeper level.  I was impressed to see that students are identifying the main idea in a novel and then making connections with this to themselves.  

Week Seven

posted Jun 2, 2015, 12:29 AM by Google Administrator

Our short week has started with a full on production practise.  We have some lovely voices that are harmonising and blending beautifully, I can't wait for you all to hear them!  In a week that saw our mid-year reports go home it was time to turn to our Key Competencies to ensure that we are using these successfully in order to be the 'best I can be'.  Our short week ends with the Small Schools' Road Race.  We are ready to race!

Welcome to Room Three's Blog!

posted May 25, 2015, 2:18 AM by Google Administrator   [ updated May 26, 2015, 3:36 AM ]

Week Six, Term Two

Room Three is working hard at learning lines, dance steps and songs for this term's production of Hansel & Gretel.  We are also writing our own fairytales - some new, some fractured but all lots of fun!

Reru the kereru came back for a visit this week.  He has grown and entertained us with eating grapes and taking flight!  Thanks, Marshall for coaxing Reru back.  Reru has sparked even more Inquiry questions, as well as answering a few we had.  


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