Buddy time is by far one of my favourite times of the week. If you don’t know what buddies is, I’ll fill you in. Buddies at Charles Dickens is a time where the older grade 5, 6, 7 classes pair up with the younger Kindergarten, grade 1, 2 classes and help them read and write and do fun things like going outside and playing games. Overall, I think it’s a great experience for the smaller kids.
Sometimes a big buddy from the upper classes gets paired with more than one small buddy but that’s only if there’s more small buddies than big buddies. The big buddies normally like getting two buddies so it’s not like getting two buddies is a problem. The big buddies also really like just playing and bonding with the little kids.
Every Monday we go down to Buddies to read to them and often they read to us. Sometimes we go outside and play with them. When they read to us they learn how to read and when we read to them they learn how to listen. Sometimes we go outside to play and have fun with them on the playground or spaceball.
I think that some people are playing with their buddies at recess and lunch. I also think that it’s important to be nice and helpful to the little buddies. Some people have two or three buddies and these people are very lucky. The classes who have buddy time are often grade 5,6,7 classes and often the grade 6 and 7 have 2-3 buddies but maybe a grade 5 might also. And that is not an easy thing to do for a grade 4 first time, having more than one buddy!
by flying pinguin and Spongebob
Yesterday we had our first introductory lesson with Ilakkiyan and Christopher about our project for this term. It’s called the Youth Venture program and it’s run by Engineers Without Borders (EWB), which is an organization made up of UBC students.
Here is the link UBC EWB
When they came yesterday, they told us about their organization and what they do. They go around and help people but they do it in a specific way. Instead of dropping off 1,000 bottles of water and making a band-aid solution, they work on long term solutions and go to the communities they are working with and help the people learn about their situation and ask for their advice because they’re the people and it needs to work for them. Instead, they might install a water pump and teach the people to use it and then stay there to make sure it works in their culture.
They showed us an example of a play pump, which the engineers designed, where the kids were supposed to play with a carousel and this would work a well to draw water to a containment centre where the water could be used for farms. Engineers Without Borders thought it was a good idea because it took the power of play and helped everyone to stay alive with water. It turned out not to work because the culture had different roles for kids and the adults ended up using the pump and it was built for kids. Maybe instead they could have used a machine instead!
We gave examples of band-aid solutions and long term solutions and talked about systems thinking, but we’re not quite sure what that means yet. It was like dipping our toes in, because when the project emerges, we’ll learn more about it.
The Youth Venture Program will have us working in groups to look at problems and solutions and the Engineers Without Borders will be our mentors to help us push our group project forward.
Over this term, they will be doing weekly check-ins and lessons with us as well as just learning with them, we will be learning with Jody and Tami and Karim when he gets back and we will send them updates of our ideas so they can analyse them and think of way for us to learn.
Today, we worked with their questions and thought about unmet needs in our school and community. We identified the difference between a need and a want.
We are looking forward to more of these kinds of activities!
by snapshot1178 and chief blobfish
In our class, we have two new student teachers. Their names are:
They will be staying here from the 10th of October to the 17th then leaving until November 1.
We are excited to be working with them and can’t wait to hear their great ideas for our learning!
by chief blobfish
Every Monday after recess when we would usually do math, instead we study a mathematician. Instead of studying modern mathematicians, we study ones that were around as early as 560 BCE! Our teacher makes a powerpoint and we take notes from it.
Afterwards, we usually have an activity that we do that practices things that the mathematician discovered. The recent ones we’ve been looking into are Archimedes and Lagrange, both of which contributed a lot to the math we do today.
Some of the things in the powerpoints are short stories, famous anecdotes, fun facts and biographies about the mathematicians.
After a while, our class started noticing some things in common with all many of the mathematicians, like that they all do astronomy and have wealthy family backgrounds. I think studying mathematicians is a really good idea, because it benefits our learning and also gives us great information about how we do math today.
Recently, we have swapped desks. We have had some criteria. A buddy and yourself could make a group and then Tami and Jody picked another pair of buddies to join in. Together we then formed a desk group. This will most likely last for about a month until we do another desk change. These changes often cause excitement and anxiety in most people but it all works out in the end.
This way of making table groups is good if you want to work with familiar and unfamiliar people. It also helps shy people socialize and make new friends. It keeps things fresh in the class so the students are excited.
In general, we think that table groups are a good idea because it keeps things exciting and fresh.
by electroe05 and smeagaleater10
We started learning about the Seven Sacred Teachings. First we read about them online. The author was David Bouchard. his story is about seven teachings, some of them are humility, the wolf, love, the eagle and yourself. In the book, David talks about the connection between the animal and the teaching. After we were done, we went back up to class because we were in the library and we started a project about Seven Sacred Teachings. The criteria for our project was that we had to have three columns with seven rows.
In one of the columns we put the name of the teaching and we drew a picture of the animal. In the second column, we wrote the name of the animal and the connections. In the final column we wrote the connections between yourself and the teaching. The last column you could use to write about a character in a book, is it one of your strengths, and if you have any connections between you and the teaching.
We coloured the drawings, finelined the whole thing and now we put it up on our walls.