Pumpkins & Volunteers
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Professional Development Day - October 21
First Nations Learning
We continue our learning about First Nations themes and topics through the character and stories of Raven. We have read a couple of books about Raven and the bringing of light to the world. The version by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd was especially beautiful. You can check it out of the school's library. We also enjoyed watching the Raven Tales version. Raven Tales is a serious of videos with each telling a different story. You can find out more about them by clicking here. You can also check out our First Nations Learning page for more information about Raven.
Drop Everything And Read - October 24
Our First Big Fieldtrip - November 14
There is a lot of planning to do and I'll update you regularly. What we need to do now is develop our list of volunteer drivers. If you can drive and are willing to transport children (this keeps the day affordable) you must complete the Volunteer Driving Process. It's pretty simple. Click here to find out what is required. Please let Mr. Adams know if you are planning to drive and he'll add you to the driving plan.
Theory to Practice
I am sometimes asked about my beliefs about learning and my approach to teaching. It's difficult to put into a few simple words. But, "a teacher-led, child-centered, purposeful, fun-filled approach" probably describes what I attempt to do in my classroom.
This summer, I read one of the best written books about teaching I have ever read. "The Importance of Being Little" by Erika Christakis should be required required for all teachers of young children. She handles all of the issues, big and small, in her book. It's a reassuring read and one I will reference again and again. If you're interested in understanding and promoting excellence in education, please read this book. I highly recommend it for parents too!