Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Stephanie's Reflections on Week 2

 This past week has been a wonderfully exciting week! In health class we're learning about the dangers of first hand and second hand smoking & how to respond to peer pressure; We made our own spring chicks in Art class after taking a virtual tour of the Creighton Brother's chicken farm and learning about chickens and their birth and life cycle;  We had the students give us feedback on what we're doing well, and what we can improve on which is really amazing to hear -- its super great having a classroom community where kids can provide feedback on the teacher & one another in a way that is respectful and constructive!; We had the therapy dog Merlin come in and we did an activity where the kids learned the difference between perspective and point-of-view, and they did a creative writing activity where they imagined the day in the life as a Gladiator Snail, but from Merlin's perspective; Natasha and I went with Shauna and the Leadership Club to We Day which was a humbling day that tugged at the heart strings and a learning experience I'll never ever forget! 
      It was super amazing to hear about all the fantastic things that kids everywhere are doing not only to better the local community, but the global community as well. The speakers were so inspiring, and I absolutely loved the messages being brought forth to inspire positive change. I also really liked the concept of not being able to buy a ticket to We Day, but to earn a ticket by volunteering. It was edupirational (educational and inspirational), and I couldn't help but be reminded of how helping the community is a circular cycle: it positively impacts those being helped, and those helping. I had the opportunity to talk more with some of the students in the leadership club, and it was awesome to see how happy they were to be there, and how motivated they were to keep going!
      Friday was also super fun! We went to the Sugar Bush and learned about Maple Syrup and a bit about some of the animals that live on the farm. I learned the secret to a long life is Maple Syrup! (:  

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