How We Learn

Awesome Artwork

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 in How We Learn

Awesome Artwork

Last week, Diana painted this fantastic portrait of a classmate.   She worked on the painting for 4 days, with some frustration and lots of persistence. She used these strategies to achieve success: - drawing basic shapes - researching face proportions - observing and photographing the person - adding details and outlines - asking Miss Davies for advice - adding shadows and highights - mixing colors and tones - using different brushstrokes Congratulations Diana! What do you like about...

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Taking Over as Teachers

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 in How We Learn

Taking Over as Teachers

For two weeks, we are taking over as teachers! We have each made a plan to improve in one area of strength and one area of weakness. We set goals, planned strategies and gathered equipment. We are now putting our plans into action for 1 lesson per day, for 8 days in a row. We are pre-testing ourselves, using strategies and trying to stay committed to our goals. Each day, we are reflecting on challenges, writing about strategies that worked and planning different strategies for the next day....

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Average Adam – Our Imaginary Friend

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 in How We Learn, Maths

Average Adam – Our Imaginary Friend

UPDATE! Today we finished our data investigation called Who Are We?  After collecting lots of data about the people in our class, we could finally answer the question: Who is the average Grade 4 student? It was a little tricky to give a final answer. We had to organise our data and think carefully about whether to use the mean, median or mode for each category. Would you like to meet the average student?  It turns out that no-one in our class fits the profile. We created Average Adam to be our...

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Who are we? (A Data Investigation)

Posted on Sep 3, 2012 in How We Learn, Maths

Who are we?  (A Data Investigation)

This month, we have been getting to know each other through Mathematics. We’ve been writing questions, designing surveys and collecting lots of data about our classmates. We’ve learned to find and interpret the mean, median, mode & range of data sets. We’ve learned to use different graphs for different purposes. We’ve discovered the importance of scale and labels on our own graphs. We’ve gathered data on our ages, learning strengths, birthday months, time at...

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Strategies make all the difference.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 in How We Learn

Strategies make all the difference.

The word of the week in Grade 4 is strategy. We have learned that applying the right strategies makes all the difference to our learning. This week, each person chose 2 learning stations: one represented an area of strength and one was an area of weakness. We pre-tested ourselves, then applied some learning strategies, then tested ourselves again. For example, at the logical station, people made lists, drew pictures and found patterns to solve hard Maths problems. At the musical station,...

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Doodling Designers

Posted on Aug 26, 2012 in How We Learn

Doodling Designers

Yesterday we strengthened our visual spatial intelligence. We asked our art teacher, Miss Davies, to help us understand how visual intelligence is useful in the world. She told us about people who are architects, graphic designers, advertisers, fashion designers and typographers. Inspired by the designers at Google, we decided to re-design our own names. We aimed to use line, colour, theme and shadow to create eye-catching images and fill a space. Here are some examples:      ...

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