Humanities & Language Arts
6th grade students are writing information books on a topic of activism. Each student selected a subtopic (girls’ access to education, child labor, saving the environment, bullying, or pet abandonment and adoption) and followed a trail of research. While researching, students asked themselves, “What is most important about this topic?” This list eventually became the table of contents. Students are working in a research cohort, but are writing individual books with four to six chapters. Students are writing like crazy to turn all of their research into chapters. Next week we will be adding details such a text boxes, pictures, and maps to enhance our books.
While we are still in the drafting phase, I would like to invite parents to view students’ work and offer feedback during class next week. Students in a research cohort will show you what they have learned so far and will ask your advice about further research they should do or how best to present this information in a book. We will be working on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 12:15-1:05pm and 2:05-3:00pm. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in advising students!
One of the great things about being in the Seven Peaks community is being able to teach character development within my content area. For the past few weeks 6th graders have been learning about respect and responsibility. Both Mr. Gylling and I have integrated activities into our classes such as role playing, dialogue circles, and videos discussions. I have already seen students sitting up a little straighter and being conscious of how their behavior shows respect and responsibility to themselves, others, and the learning environment.
Reports on IB scores for the first semester are now available. Mr. Gylling and I would be happy to explain the scoring to you during an Office Hours meeting on Tuesday mornings. Click here to schedule a 20-minute appointment.
We are starting our computer programming/coding unit. The students are really enjoying the the entry level coding we are doing with www.code.org. We will continue down this road with students exploring block based coding and some students learning how to write actual code using python. I want students to understand how to think critically and problem solve when going through this unit. Read this good article on why critical thinking, problem solving and adaptability are great skills to possess.