Simran Sidhu, winner of local reality show, Bollywood Star, graced us with her presence and performed for the school to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. She was amazing. A number of our students were dressed in saris and kurtas. The beauty of the outfits is something to behold. Many of the staff wore saris brought in by one of the parents. It was a wonderful time watching three of our students perform a traditional dance while three others emceed the event.
The kids are getting plenty of work done, but we are also getting some exercise. Not only do we have PE, but we also have our exercise breaks. We've been pretty busy in class, but we manage to squeeze in some laps around the school, some dance and Wii Boxing. Students (mostly) are participating and having a good time while getting up and moving.
We have begun our new Jump Math program. I hope the students have told you about how our whole pod is doing math together! They are working is small groups of 3 or 4 while teachers move about and provide assistance and put on mini-lessons for the concepts we are learning.
Watching the students work together and learn from each other is inspiring. The feedback from most of the students is that they really enjoy this format.
I just wanted to comment on how much I am encouaraged by the students using technology for learning. I really promote the use of iPad, iPhones/phones, computers, tablets, etc. in and out of the classroom. I encourage any students who can, to bring their technology to school to use it. Please make sure you get your parents approval.
We are planning a field trip to the Vancouver Public Library with another grade 7 class from Franklin Elementary. Mr. Orange (the other teacher) and I are looking to have our classes meet and get to know each other so we can do projects together throughout the year. We would also like to plan more field trips together.
The field trip will be on Thursday Nov. 20 from 9:00 - 3:00. Students will need bus fare, snacks and lunch. As well, make sure the kids bring proper clothing and prepare for the weather conditions. I will send home a permission slip soon.
I am away on Tuesday and Wednesday
I forgot to tell the class on Thursday, but I am going to get some emergency service training on Tuesday and Wednesday, so the class will have a sub.
Well, I know you have a long weekend, so I hope you enjoy the time and have a great break. I will see you all on Thursday.