Mr Graham's Class Learning Definition 2012

"Learning is discovering new things, improving knowledge, and not giving up when things get hard. It is about getting better at something you are not good at so you can become a smarter person" Mr Graham's Class 2012

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

The Best Place To Work...

Here is a clip about one of the best/most fun companies in the USA.




Would you like to work for a company like this? If so, why?


What makes this a good/fun place to work?


Leave your comments... :) Do you know of any other really fun places to work in NZ?

Awareness Test

This is for the people in class who missed it...enjoy (try it out on your families!)



How many passes did you count?


Monday, 27 February 2012

Week 5 Clip - How Good Are You At Spotting The Difference?


How many changes did you notice as you watched the clip? (Be honest and record your answers below)

Term 1, Week 4 Merits

Shayen for being kind by including others in cabin groups for camp
Cody for being kind by including others in cabin groups for camp

Also, we had the following peer nominations for exceptionally kind and helpful behavior towards others;

Tony
Kirsty
Coral
Asia-Vi
Daniel
Reid
Jordyn
Greg
Dalton

Well done to all these people who make our class a great place!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Term 1, Week 3 Merits!

Well done to the following people...(you guys are awesome)


  • Reegan for demonstrating good teamwork during activities
  • Zak for demonstrating good teamwork during activities
  • Rosie for demonstrating good teamwork during activities
  • Jordyn for being caring towards others

Please feel free (students/parents/caregivers) to leave your comments


Term 1, Week Three Random Youtube Clip


May the force be with you! (Personally I can't bear it)

Homework Week 3

Everybody must complete the following by next Monday (20th February);

  • Learn your spelling words at least 3x a week
  • Read for 20 minutes for at least 3x a week and fill in your reading log
  • Complete this weeks basic facts sheet and get this timed

Extra Topic Work

  • Complete your Careers 'Interview Sheet' 


Below is a funny Youtube clip of a four year old student ringing 911 to get help with his maths (NOT a good idea!)


Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Learning Definition...


This year we brainstormed in several different groups to come up with a learning definition. After revising it over a week by looking at it/making changes we finally came up with;

"Learning is discovering new things, improving knowledge and not giving up when things get hard. It is about getting better at something you are not good at so you can become a smarter person" 

Mr Graham's Class 2012

(This is now up on our wall - see the picture below)



The video below features one of the funniest contestants for the TV show 'Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader'. You won't believe the answers she comes up with...
(This is WHY discovering new things and improving knowledge is important)


Teamwork!


Today we did a class brainstorm of what is teamwork. We watched the above video and collected our ideas in groups and then shared with the class. This is what we came up with...




Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Term1, Week 2 Merits!

During the first two weeks, we had a focus on 'Caring' and upholding our 'Class Norms' (which we spent a lot of time writing together).

Caring

Each week we have a vote on who was the most caring person of the week. The winner needs to have shown caring towards others through...
  • Respect
  • Listening
  • Helping
  • Fair Play
  • Teamwork
  • Working without rewards

Class Norms 2012

After reading the short story 'Simon Duck' by Paul Jennings, we made a 'discussion doughnut' and talked about how we would like to be treated by others. 

Next we sat with a partner and came up with 3-5 things that we would like to see in this class.We wrote these on post-it notes and put them on the whiteboard.
The last part involved making connections - we grouped everything we came up with under seven categories:
  • Respect
  • Honesty
  • Positivity
  • Sportsmanship
  • Fairness
  • Inclusiveness
  • Friendliness


Term1, Week 2 Merits!


  • Reid Osman for being caring towards other classmates
  • Reid Osman for upholding the class norms and setting a good example for others
  • Jordyn Bold for upholding the class norms and setting a good example for others

(Parents/Caregivers and students are invited to comment)