Friday, 27 May 2016

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Never Give Up

Today we explored the Twitter Blog for Kidsedchatnz. It was all about persistence which is one of the Key Attitudes at Frankley School.

We watched these very powerful videos.

Please comment and share your thoughts after watching these videos. You might also want to comment or share your thoughts on the questions below.
The questions to comment on during the twitter session were:

1. Why is it important to never give up and to keep on trying?

2. "Failures open the doors to success!" Tell us about a time when you failed on something? 

3. Why do we give up? What can we do to avoid giving up in the future? Who can help us?

4. There's no such thing as an overnight success. What does this mean? Do you agree?

5. Tell us about a time when you had success? What did you do to achieve success?

6. Inner confidence and self-belief are the keys to success. Do you agree or disagree?

7. What is a challenge you have faced this year? Explain what happened.

8. We are responsible for our own success and learning. Do you agree or disagree?

9. "If you do what is easy, your life will be hard." What is this trying to tell us?

10. "Just decide who you are going to be, what you are going to do, how you are going to do it." What are you going to be and do?

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Student Led Conferences

Hi everyone

Kaisei sharing his learning with his Mum.

A HUGE thank you to those of you who made the time to come to your child's conference led by your child.

We were impressed with many of our students as they worked to explain and help you understand their learning in our Hub.

For some students, it was harder for them to articulate the learning goals they have and to explain their learning. We appreciate your careful questioning to support their thinking.

Student Led Conferences support your child in developing Learner Dispositions. We believe the more confidently they can articulate their learning and explain this to someone else indicates their engagement and understanding of what they are learning and why. It also puts he accountability on the learner and this is important as we strive to help our students be in charge of their learning with our support.

We invite you all to make another time with your child for another conference this term. It can be during the day and can be quite informal.

We also strongly encourage you to keep the Learning Conversations going at home with your child.
- ask about their goals or what they are working on at the moment in a particular area
- ask them to show you their spelling or the Maths they are doing. get them to explain and show you an example
- expect and encourage them to know their basic fact/knowledge goal, help/encourage them to work on this

Work with your child to make a "Positive Difference".

If you could not make these student-led conferences we encourage you to arrange a time and come in.

This is the document we had available before Student Led Conferences. We encourage you to read this and continue with some of these points at home.

Click on this book to increase size.

We also have shared this document to help encourage the Learning Conversations at home.

Click here to read

Thursday, 19 May 2016

You Matter!

This week we took part in an online Kidschat. This is where we communicate with other students around New Zealand via Twitter. The theme for this week's chat was "You Matter!" It flowed on nicely from Young Leaders Day that the Year 6s attended this week and part our school vision - Positive Difference.

Here are the questions we discussed and then shared our answers to. We would encourage you to discuss some of these with your child:

Questions for this week:

Q1. Why are you awesome? What is your Genius?

Q2. What would you like to change in the world around you?

Q3. How do you think that you could do this?

Remember “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love”
– Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Q4. What is the best thing that a Teacher has ever said to you?

Q5. Think of a time when you have achieved a goal. Tell us what this felt like.

Q6. Do you have some learning that you are really proud of? Take a picture and tweet it!

Q7. Name five people that you would put on a "Dream Team" to encourage and inspire you.

Q8. Why are these people amazing to you? Are they famous people, successful people, members of your family?

Q9. What makes you feel proud?

Q10. Think about how you could contribute to make the world a better place. Share your idea with us.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Learning Quote of the Week

Over the last few days we have been discussing this quote. We discussed what this actually means and how it relates to some of the behaviours we see in the classroom. We also talked about how when we are learning it grows the brain by connecting up neurons. Check out the video at the bottom too.
The brain that does the work - does the learning!

Reading - Comprehension Strategies

As part of our Literacy programme this term we are learning about the big seven comprehension reading strategies. 

These are the strategies good readers use to understand what they are reading. They are especially important when a text is complex or long.

We are discussing and learning about each one to build an understanding. We will then be getting students to select the ones they feel they need to target to become better readers. The seven strategies are:

Good readers use these strategies without even consciously thinking about them!

Sunday, 1 May 2016