Inquiring Minds is pleased to share today’s blog post from Ms. Isabella Bei, Richland’s 5/6 teacher, on her class’s recent experience with poetry.
The Grade 5/6 Students have begun a journey in reading and writing poetry! Students have blossomed in their writing, showing creativity and emotion like never before. The students and I have shared in laughter, and even some tears as we brainstormed, drafted, critiqued, wrote and performed our own works of art.As students were asked to contemplate, “What makes good poetry?”- Heated discussion ensued. Ideas and opinions were shared, debated and layered. Finally, one student pointed out that a theme was emerging; “Really…poetry is a short but powerful piece” that shows “deep thoughts, words and wisdom”. Finally – consensus!
Through this unit, we have been exploring issues around remembrance, peace and conflict, in honour of Remembrance Day. Mature ideas such as nostalgia, loss and death have emerged in their words. Through the course of the study, I have been continually impressed by the lack of inhibitions and their willingness to expose their emotions and ideas around these deep issues.In the end, our poetry study has become a powerful method of communicating, and bringing our peers together. Poetry is helping us build community! Each week, we look forward to our Poetry Coffeehouse. Where we read and share our poetry. Within out coffeehouses, I have enjoyed watching the students engaged as supportive audience members. The lights and dimmed as each audience member sips tea. We watch, enjoy and appreciate with “snaps”!
We continue to write and reflect! Stay tuned for more news around our “deep thoughts, words and wisdom” on Inquiring Minds or our Twitter @RichlandClass.
Richland Academy’s Faculty are committed to delivering the curriculum in such a way that students are curious and engaged. Today’s Inquiring Minds post comes from Richland’s Grade 5/6 teacher, Ms. Bei, who has been piloting the flipped classroom with her students.
This year, Ms. Bei and the Grade 6’s are flipping traditional methods of teaching to allow for more active, collaborative and authentic learning. In the flipped classroom, teachers create and curate videos on classroom topics for students to watch at home. By receiving direct instruction through interactive technology at home, time in the classroom is focused on discussing, questioning, collaborating and getting one-on-one support.
Through this model, students become active learners who meet challenges with the guidance and support of their teachers and peers. In addition, teachers are able to assess the students learning as it happens and adjust their teaching to enhance learning.This model supports Richland’s Reggio-inspired mandate by positioning the teacher and student as co-learners within the classroom. Furthermore, students are given more time in the class for deep inquiries and authentic learning opportunities. We welcome you to continue to follow our journey through our Twitter page @richlandclass!
On Thursday, June 14th, we honoured and congratulated our SK and Grade 6 students at respective Graduation Ceremonies. It was remarkable to see how far each student has come on their path of learning, with support from their fantastic teachers and families! We wish our SK students the best of luck as they progress to Grade 1 next year. We wish our Grade 6 ‘Class of 2012’ graduates continued success as they venture beyond the ‘walls’ of Richland.We congratulate each of our students as they advance to the next step of their learning. We are proud of each and every one of them! We wish the Richland Community a safe and fun-filled Summer break!
After researching the principles of forces and structures, our Grade 5 and 6 students worked in trios to create sturdy and functional chairs, made only from newspaper and masking tape! Students presented their knowledge from their sustainable design inquiry at this year’s Science Inquiry Festival. Their drafts, research and design demonstrates an incredible amount of creativity and criticality in their thinking, with designs that incorporate elements from some of the most famous, oldest and sturdiest structures on earth!
Today, Richland students highlighted their scientific and inquiry learning talents at our ‘Science Inquiry Festival.’ Explorations included: the life cycle of a frog, butterflies, sensory organs, simple machines, food chains, moving bodies, and chair constructions. Congratulations to our students for their hard work and dedication to their remarkable projects!
Our Grade 5/6 students recently wrapped up their inquiry into space and astronomy through creative and unbounded presentations! Students took on topics from Black Holes to the Sun and everything else in between! They presented models, Prezis and other online presentations and some even did experiments and demonstrations! Here is just a taste of the fantastic knowledge that came of their inquiry – from Sara and Ashley, who took on the topic of Parallel Universes in the form of a documentary video!