After nearly 220,000 hits, readers in every country on the planet, mentions in global media, nominations for awards and recognition from teachers and students worldwide… 6SS@NIST is shutting down. The reasons behind this are to do with every class in the school having blogs that look the same and every class in the school having blogs with similar URL addresses. The 6SS blog can now be found here: http://blogs.nist.ac.th/6ss/.
This blog has had an amazing effect on my teaching over the past three years and it has led to some amazing experiences for my students and I:
- the students telling us about the fires, explosions, riots and general violence surrounding their homes two years ago: http://6ssatnist.wordpress.com/2010/05/19/what-has-your-day-been-like/
- the amazing philosophical thinking in the Sponge vs. Stone postings: http://6ssatnist.wordpress.com/?s=sponge+stone
- the “essays” that students wrote as comments in response to Angela Maier’s article about Mallory Fundora ( and Mallory’s comments herself) http://6ssatnist.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/homework-read-think-share/
- The students reactions to Robyn Treyvaud’s presentation about online safety and then Robyn’s reaction to their comments: http://6ssatnist.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/reacting-to-robyn-treyvaud/#comments
- The advice that 6SS students gave to students at Mt. Scopus Memorial College as they prepared for their first PYP Exhibition: http://6ssatnist.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/advice-for-other-year-6grade-5-students/
Blogging has helped my students and I by:
- Giving us a place to react to and think about things at any time, and from anywhere
- Allowing us to express ourselves without being interrupted or told we’re wrong
- Allowing us to develop our thinking in a way that was not really possible before
- Giving us a place to share our interests, our creativity and our ideas
- Giving us an audience of real people who would read and respond to our writing
- Connecting us with other people
- Giving us a way to make homework more fun and more connection to what we do in class
- Giving us the possibility to do “online learning” when it was not possible to come to school
- Helping us to stay in touch during holidays
What effect did 6SS@NIST have on you?
Spend some time looking at the homework you have done so far. Read the things you have been writing. Think carefully about the things you have been talking about recently. Think back to the videos we watched.
What are you interested in learning more about? What is most relevant to you at the moment or in the next year or so?
This will be your research for next week and you will become an expert on it. Select an inquiry carefully and write a comment to tell us what you will be working on.
There is a special book being created to celebrate NIST’s 20th anniversary. Each of you has to write something short and sweet about your school.
Log on to our Twitter account and write a Tweet that says how you feel about NIST. Remember it will be published so focus on positives and try to say something that is really you and your thoughts. We don’t just want a load of identical quotes.
“The changes and challenges we face as we grow help us to
understand who we are”
This is our central idea.
I would like you to come up with your own idea about how to show what you think about this. You can share your thoughts however you like, but we must be able to see what you have done – you can’t just talk about it. If you want to talk about it, film yourself talking!
There are good things and bad things about being either a boy or a girl. Using Caitie’s gratefulness theme, think of the reasons why you are glad you are or a boy, or glad you are a girl.
Create an attractive TOP TEN REASONS I’M GLAD I’M A…. visual that will go on display in the classroom. Try to keep it serious and sensible as many of the things you might be thinking about could be sensitive for people who are the opposite gender.
Well, it’s nearly the end of the year and it is time for you to think back over the whole year and how your reading has come along during your time in Year 6. You have been given a lot of freedom to choose the kind of books you like to read and have also been expected to get good at choosing books that are “just right” for you. You have all really impressed me with your ability to read independently this year, and even the people who were not really readers at the start of the year are finishing the year very strongly.
So, create a Blogfolio posting to share the following information.
- The best book you have read this year and why
- The most challenging book you have read this year
- A book you tried to read but gave up
- The genres and authors you like and why you like them
- How you use reading skills to do research
- The Landmark Book you are reading at the moment and why it is a Landmark Book and not just any old book
Now, don’t be confused here… I am not asking you what your favourite animal is! That would be very uninteresting indeed. I am asking you to think about yourself, your personality and your behaviour and find an animal that is similar to you! IT IS NOT EASY. Believe me.
When you have thought about it deeply. Find a high quality image of the animal and create a JPEG with a description about why you and the animal are so similar. Make the description nice to read.
Here is mine:
Create a JPEG using Powerpoint to do a “The Important Thing About Me” page for a “The Important Thing About 6SS” book.
You have TWO DAYS to complete this task.
Together, we will create a “Who are we?” display in the classroom. You need to prepare a visual that shows people the information about you that you think is most important.
- Your personality
- Your values
- Your culture
- Your interests
- Your family and friends
- Your likes and dislikes
- Any other things that make you interesting or unique
Make your visual:
- Good to look at
- Clear that it is about you
- Show things that are not already obvious to us (VERY IMPORTANT – Don’t just tell us a whole lot of stuff we know, like “I like football”)
Create a Blogfolio posting that tells the story of your PYP Exhibition. Try to include the following information:
- Why you chose the spark you chose
- The main things you did to create energy
- The biggest challenge you faced
- The most rewarding experience you had
- The shifts you think you created so far
- The ‘Lynchpins” of your PYP Exhibition
- Ideas for how you can carry on with your PYP Exhibition
Make your posting interesting by including photographs, videos and any other things you can think of. You can find photos and videos in the Year 6 folder on Media.
When you have published your posting, make a comment on here and include the link to your Blogfolio posting.