In our classroom we love to celebrate our achievements - big or small. Here is a collection of moments we'd like to share!
The new teacher for the Jarvis Traditional Supportive Learning program came to visit the classroom today. Her name is Ms. Rupinder Atwal. She has been teaching at Delview Secondary School in the Alternate program. She is so excited to have this opportunity to work with intermediate students and learn more about how to use positive behaviour supports in a classroom.
She plans to keep all the activities that make this classroom special - Classroom Cash, Direct Instruction programs, using the computer and even Palmeropoly!
Ms. Atwal will also continue to write about daily classroom activities through this blog. It is good to know that the classroom is in good hands. Ms. Palmer will be in touch by email and Skype and will stop in and say hi to her favourite students whenever she can!
Our salmon unit is not over yet! Students continue to explore and learn new facts about salmon. We read aboriginal myths, wrote stories and drew pictures. We continued our visits to Mrs. Lidke's salmon tank and were amazed at how the salmon were changing and growing. Students have learned about different way to fish for salmon including fish farming. They will finish up the unit by completing their Salmon Lap Books.
We like to think of positive affirmations as compliments or bucket fillers that we give ourselves. Our class read an excellent book called "Affirmation Weaver" from Stress Free Kids. In this story sea creatures show a young dolphin how to believe in himself by weaving a web of positive statements. Positive affirmations are also a good way to change red thoughts to green thoughts.
After reading the story each student created a picture and wove their own web positive affirmations. They are beautiful and powerful!
Valentine's Day was bittersweet for us all this year. We shared valentine's treats and cards. Today was the day that each student picked a stuffy (stuffed animal for those not from BC!) . Ms. Palmer collected these stuffed animals whenever she travelled. It just seemed right that they find homes with this years students. Friday February 21st will be Ms. Palmer's last day at Jarvis Traditional as she will be moving to Calgary to start a new position with the Calgary Board of Education and be closer to her family. It is hard to believe that almost five years have gone by since this classroom got started!
Ever since we were invited to make weekly observations of the salmon tank in Mrs. Lidke's Grade 1 class, we have been working on a unit called Salmon in the Classroom. You can follow the link to see all the activities we have been doing. Students have been very interested and have taken many notes and done detailed sketches. Everyone is hard at work on their Salmon Lapbook to display their knowledge.
Today we were very fortunate to have Jesse MacLellan, our school's aboriginal support worker, come in and talk about how BC's First Nations people caught fish in the past. He showed the class pictures of spear fishing, gill net fishing and weirs. He also told the class how the fish were preserved and cooked. Jesse spoke of the importance that First Nations people place on only taking as many fish as they need to survive and making sure that there are enough left for other animals. Jesse showed the class how to draw a salmon using an aboriginal style. He brought canvas boards and oil pastels for everyone. The results were amazing.
Thank you Jesse for a very informative afternoon!