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  1. Genius Hour: Some clips we shared with students to introduce Genius Hour

    AMpMon, 04 Feb 2013 00:06:06 -040006Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

  2. Genius Hour (PIT: Personal Inquiry Time) (PARENT INFORMATION)

    PMpSun, 03 Feb 2013 22:16:43 -040016Sunday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Today the neighbourhood started Genius Hour. Genius Hour (or hours) is a personal inquiry time where students are investigating something that they are passionate about. It is a  time for discovery, curiosity, creativity and thinking. Students will have 2 hours in class time to complete their inquiry but can also use some of their learning agreement time. The students will present their work to their peers on Friday afteroons.

    The teachers will be monitoring Genius Hour carefully and modelling their own investigations as well. Workshops will be followed up if we see a particular need to focus on certain skills. Eg: research skills, using graphic organisers and computer skills)

    The benefits of a personal inquiry time are numerous. When students are given time to create and design their own inquiries they:

    Are more motivated to learn as they are interested and feel their interests have value.

    Are more likely to stay on task and focussed.

    Apply the skills and strategies they have gained in their shared inquiry experiences and can, therefore, demonstrate their facility with these skills.

    Are less reliant on their teacher or peers and so develop important selfmanagement skills such as planning, organization, time management, goals setting.

    Learn by watching and listening to peers explore a wide range of topics and interests.

     Share their skills and knowledge and particular areas of expertise with others.– building their self-esteeem.

    Have opportunities to be “in their element” – to learn in a state of ‘flow’ and build on their talents and passions.

    Give teachers opportunities to observe, assess and confer with individuals in a more flexible and differentiated learning context.

    Have opportunities to work and learn alone rather than collaboratively. For some students – this time is precious and when they feel most ‘in their skin.’                            (With thanks to Kath Murdoch) 



  3. I Love You: We think this dog is a GENIUS :)

    AMpFri, 01 Feb 2013 09:37:53 -040037Friday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

  4. The Benefits of Blogging (Parent Information)

    AMpFri, 01 Feb 2013 08:01:31 -040001Friday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    What Students / Teachers Can Learn From Blogging

    Practising Literacy and Digital Literacy Skills: A blog requires a lot of reading and writing as well as communicating and conversing with others. Persuasive writing skills can be developed by responding to the Behind The News Program where students are required to watch contemporary issues and justify their opinions through text.

    Authentic Audience: In the traditional classroom, the only audience for student work was the teacher and sometimes classmates and parents. Blogs provide a much larger audience for student work and an avenue for feedback and self-improvement through commenting.

    ◦Sense of Community: Creating a class blog requires teamwork and collaboration. Students and teachers learn and share their learning together. A real sense of classroom community can be developed through blogging and establishing a class /neighbourhood identity.

    ◦Global Connections: This can be one of the most exciting benefits of blogging. Blogging can help flatten the classroom walls and we hope to get to know many classes across the world.

    ICT Skills: Blogging assists students to become more ICT literate which is an important 21st century skill. Through blogging, we are able to incidentally discuss many ICT skills such as researching online and troubleshooting.

    Home- School Partnerships: Through reading a blog, families can be a part of what is happening in our neighbourhood and have real time access to their child’s education.

    ◦Appropriate Online Behaviours: Everyone will agree that teaching students to be safe online is an important issue. You caa’t just do one off lessons on cyber safety. Cyber safety is not a separate subject. Through being heavily involved in blogging, students have opportunities almost every day to discuss cyber safety issues and appropriate online behaviours in an authentic setting.

    Confidence: We have found that students really take pride in their work that goes on the blog and want to do their best for their impending audience. Students can gain self-confidence from being part of a class blog and demonstrating their achievements.

    Overall, blogging is a platform for everything. It is a fantastic place to start for teachers and students who want to learn about technology. Additionally, there are so many wonderful Web 2.0 tools out there which have so much more value when you can embed them in a blog.

    (With thanks to Kathleen Morris)

  5. The Grade 56 Neighbourhood Blog (parent Information)

    AMpFri, 01 Feb 2013 07:19:41 -040019Friday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Dear Parents,

    Welcome to the 2013 school year. There will be only ONE 5/6 neighbourhood blog this year and we hope that you will be able to keep up with all the happenings in the 5/6 neighbourhood.

    The blog will have 4 main purposes.

    1: A comprehensive source of information about programs and events in our school.

    2. To showcase our learning to our school community and global community.

    3. An extensive link to educational websites for parents, teachers and students.

    4. As a teaching and learning tool for students.

    All students will become more familiar with our blog in the next few weeks and will learn about blogging etiqette, cyber safety and how to produce quality responses to blog posts. Parents will be encouraged to respond to posts during the year. (Please read the blogging guideline PAGE at the top of this blog.)

    PS: I have kept the same URL address as visitors from our community and our global community can read through old archives and I wasn’t sure if all of the links would be lost if a new URL address was created. These links have taken hours to search and have been added to the blog in the last 2 years.

    Meredith (on behalf ouf 5/6 team)

  6. Welcome to a new School Year 2013

    AMpFri, 01 Feb 2013 04:27:31 -040027Friday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

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