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To the Division 1 class of 2014/15:
I write this before having met you, and I want you to know how much I look forward to spending this school year together. Due to the strike, we had a rocky ending last year, and a late and unusual start this year. This has been a part of my education about the ways of the world; and I invite you to consider how this has affected you. For instance, what is the role of school in your lives, what is government’s responsibility to us, and what is our responsibility to government?
I look forward to hearing and reading your thoughts and opinions about many other things too. We will be on a learning journey together, and where we go entirely depends on us. In this classroom, I highly encourage you to ask questions, to think, and discuss your learning with your peers. Of course, we will be guided by the grade 7 curriculum, and it is my hope and intention that what we study will, as much as possible, be enjoyable, meaningful and important to you. In my opinion, learning involves:
- happy accidents
- checking in with ourselves
- practice, practice, practice
What can you add to the list? I look forward (I know I’ve said this many times already) to hearing all you have to say. I really do enjoy virtually all of the curriculum. There is so much to be learned, and it is my sincere hope that we can do it in a fun and creative way this year. I love to:
- explore issues in Social Studies
- learn how the world works and think like a hands-on scientist
- sing French songs
- read & discuss novels together
- write and publish stories, learnings and opinions on our class blog
(these could take the form of media such as video & podcasts, too)
- make visually compelling art
- and so much more
Here are some books that I have read this summer (I’d love to know what you’ve read, too):
- The Headmaster’s Wager, by Vincent Lam
- Ready Player One, by Earnest Cline
(about the intersection of a virtual reality game & real life)
- The Master Puppeteer, by Katherine Paterson
- The Land of Maquinna, by Ian Mahood
(about Vancouver Island First Nations & Chief Maquinna)
- Middlemarch, by George Elliott
- Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
- Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser
(the last 3 titles are old classics that I downloaded free on my iPad)
…So now you know, I love learning & teaching.
I also love art (sometimes I even make it), reading, the natural world, folk & world music, riding my bike, swimming, yoga and cooking & eating good food with family and friends. Environmental issues concern me deeply. I am married to someone who also loves to learn, and we have grown children.
And now I turn it over to you. What can you tell me about your learning journey, your interests, your hopes for the school year? Looking forward to reading what you have to say! If you click on the “Language Arts” at the top of the blog, you will find the writing ideas page that we looked at in class for “A Letter to Ms. Angel.”
In the meantime, please comment below.
• Name some qualities or conditions that encourage learning
• Name some books and authors that you’ve read over the summer.
By commenting, you will leave your email address, and I’ll then be able to sign you up for the blog. Your comments will not immediately appear here, because your parents will need to sign consent forms before I post them. Thanks, Div. 1!