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  1. Neighbourhood Provocations

    AMpSun, 16 Feb 2014 02:52:14 -040052Sunday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Our neighbourhood is looking fantastic with lots of visible provocations to get our students thinking and connecting ideas about CHANGE. Our neighbourhood has been transformed into a large museum. Come and take a look!





  2. Some science inspiration!

    AMpMon, 24 Jun 2013 08:27:29 -040027Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Enjoy these awesome science videos to tide you over through the break.

    Watch them all at: Symphony of Science

  3. Reflecting on our inquiry into media and PHPS

    AMpTue, 18 Jun 2013 06:42:30 -040042Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Think back on your experiences working with either film, logos or brochures and reflect on your learning in these areas.  Post your comments to share your opinions with the neighbourhood.


  4. 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) 



  5. (Change Inquiry) An example of a project planner. All students working in groups.(Double click on image to get the full view)

    AMpFri, 23 Nov 2012 01:29:59 -040029Friday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

  6. Our Change Inquiry (Parents)

    AMpWed, 14 Nov 2012 05:05:10 -040005Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Today all Grade 5/6 students participated in 5 workshops designed to spark curiosity and wonderings into aspects of change. From these workshops, students will have opportunities to pursue and investigate areas that they are passionate about.

    Tony: Science (Change of State)

    Meredith: Media and Communication

    Anne: The Arts

    Mike: Environmental Change

    Tim: Social Change

    Eighteen of our Grade 6 students are in the process of organising the Grade 6 Graduation. This will be their project and they will be working through a Guide To Action model: Simple Steps Towards Change.

  7. Alice In Wonderland Reflections (Student Responses)

    PMpTue, 24 Jul 2012 22:27:06 -040027Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

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