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What do you think this unit will be about?

The central idea for this unit is:

“The changes and challenges we face as we grow tell us about who we are”

It is hard for teachers to make decisions about what they will show and tell students during a unit of inquiry like this. We even need to consult parents to find out what kinds of things we should or should not be telling or sharing with students at this time in their lives.

I wondered if we should actually start out by finding out what you think the unit will be about, or should be about. After all, the trandsiciplinary theme is “Who we are”!

So, what do you think this unit is all about? What do you think  it should be about? What do you think it should not be about?

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  1. lammington
    May 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Hi everyone, given the physical and psychological changes at this time in your lives this looks like an exciting unit…….I’ll comment on the latter. Maybe the unit should be re-titled, Who do we want to grow up to be? What values will I develop? and What values will I respect? The unit no doubt sets out to have us all examine the “Who” of us as individuals, other elements are the when and the longer term outcomes.

    Interestingly, as you all come from relatively privileged backgrounds, you might want to look at the article on Yahoo.com on Warren Buffet’s son of today http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100510/lf_nm_life/us_books_buffett where you will find……..Buffett, 52, teaches the rewards of self-respect and pursuing one’s own passions and accomplishments rather than buying into society’s concepts of material wealth.

    “I am my own person and I know what I have accomplished in my life,” he said. “This isn’t about wealth or fame or money or any of that stuff, it is actually about values and what you enjoy and finding something you love doing.”

    Reflecting in this manner with a view to your future is a valuable asset, wishing you all great success and insights into yourselves during this unit.

    • Luca
      May 11, 2010 at 4:58 pm

      Who is this?

      • Arne
        May 11, 2010 at 5:01 pm

        Samantha’s mom

        • Samantha
          May 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm

          Good guess but this is my Step-Mom who is very engaged in my life/growing up

          • Arne
            May 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm


      • Cael
        May 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm

        abit rude luca

        • Karam
          May 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm

          If it was rude Samantha’s mom would have said something.

    • 17johannd@nist.ac.th
      May 11, 2010 at 6:59 pm

      Hello Samantha’s Mom

      I like what you have written about physical and mental changes. I think that mental changes can effect your physical change.

      • Mr. Sam
        May 11, 2010 at 7:08 pm

        And the other way around too?

  2. Ping Ping
    May 11, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    This unit will certainly be about what changes we will face when growing up or in a better word: puberty. This unit might also have some parts of prevention of HIV and the use of comdoms. For the students, like Mr. Sam said, must come up with the questions they find interesting to themselves not the teachers. the students need to conduct research with some guidelines from the teacher and finding videos, books, websites that they also find interesting or relevant to their questions. Something that teachers shouldn’t do in this unit is not to just dump losds of things that the students do not understant at all.

    Ping Ping

    • May 11, 2010 at 3:45 pm

      I agree

    • Mr. Sam
      May 11, 2010 at 7:09 pm

      I really agree that teachers shouldn’t just dump a load of things on to the students. It could be really overwhelming and even quite scary.

  3. May 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I think this unit is about all the changes and the challges that you have gone thorw,having now or later. learnig what changes that you have and what changlles that you have.and how to face it and know about your selves and what is going on in your bodies and learnig about puberty.I think it sholud be like teaching us that will happen to us soon or later and telling the things that we are curios about it shound’t be like if some on e told what they have like peried and puberty all that kind of staff and gigleiong about it and saying words are niot aspporiate

    • Mr. Sam
      May 11, 2010 at 6:39 pm

      DoYeon, the content of your comment is fantastic. However, a lot of people won’t be able to understand it because you have not proofread or edited it AT ALL.

      Please improve the quality of your writing so people can read and understand your intelligent comments.

      Mr. Sam

  4. Taku
    May 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I think this unit will be about how our body start to change like growing more bigger or part of your body changing or maybe a little about puberty.

    • Mr. Sam
      May 11, 2010 at 6:39 pm

      What about the other questions, Taku?

    • May 11, 2010 at 9:46 pm

      I think it would be good if everybody could understand how this change in your life is exciting and fun, but that it can be potentially be overwhelming and sometimes very frustrating. I think it would be good if everybody learned that its not just about you and your POV, but also how your family see you as you change and grow.

      • Mr. Sam
        May 12, 2010 at 8:17 am

        This is an interesting idea. Perhaps the students could spend some time discussing how they’ve changed with their parents, and how their parents hope to see them develop and change in the future. A homework task! Perfect.

  5. Samantha
    May 11, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I think this unit is about the changes and challenges that we face when we are growing up: puberty, physchological changes. This unit should be about puberty, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (would you rather be informed? or learn the hard way?), understanding what makes you happy (psychological well-being) and healthy (psychical well-being). This unit shouldn’t just be about sexual growth,(puberty) but about the big picture, the changes we might expect to go through in the coming years.

    • Mr. Sam
      May 11, 2010 at 6:42 pm

      I like the way you have brought “well-being” into it, linking with the last unit. Let’s talk more about how we can make this unit about well-being – physical and mental.

      • Ms Ashley
        May 11, 2010 at 11:00 pm

        I also like the focus of this unit being on well being.

        Students: you are bringing up some really great topics that you’re curious about and you’ll have lots of opportunities in this unit to discuss important questions about yourself and your body with not only Mr Sam, your classmates, your Counsellor and other specialists who will help you, but also your parents. Those of you with older sibblings may also want to talk to them.

        I agree with Mr Omond’s comment too. Although some of these topics may feel a bit “scary” or “embarassing”, which are completely natural/normal ways to feel, but it’s also a very exciting time.

        • Mr. Sam
          May 12, 2010 at 8:15 am

          This is true, it is an exciting time. I was talking to my wife about it this morning – she couldn’t sleep last night so she got up and read our blog at 2am! She thinks you guys should be thinking about all the things you want to achieve in your lives and how many of the changes you will go through in the next couple of years will give you the ability to fulfill your potential. Even something as simple as a boy’s shoulders getting wider and stronger can enable him to do things he has not been able to do before.

  6. Luca
    May 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I think it is about the changes that happen to us when we get older like puberty and the stages of puberty. The changes that happen to us mentally and physically. Maybe condumns (a bit). Maybe a bit about Sex.
    I think it should be like I said above but maybe also there should be how different countries think of this unit. 😀
    I don’t think we should learn 100% about sex and 100% about private parts because we are young and we’ll probably learn that when we are older because now it isn’t 100% relevant!

    • Mr. Sam
      May 11, 2010 at 6:42 pm

      I like the idea of talking about different perspectives from different countries and nationalities.

  7. 17mikit
    May 11, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I think this unit will be about how our bodies growing or changing and why. And also about mind, for exanple how mind(or feeling like that) change or grow(?). I think this unit should be about “Growing and changing” (I think I said a little ago) or somethig like that. I think this unit sholudn’t be only “Our bodies are growing and changing”.

    • Mr. Sam
      May 11, 2010 at 6:43 pm

      So, you think it should be about our bodies and minds growing and changing?

  8. Rosna
    May 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I think this unit is all about the changes we are going to be going through and problems we will be facing to get through it all. This unit should be teaching us about puberty and how to be prepared for the mental and physical changes that will be happening or are about to soon. I think we should learn more about our bodies than rather adult things for example like what Samantha said about sexual growth. This unit is one of the most important ones because we are positively going to be going through these things and we should know whats next for our future/health/bodies.

    • Mr. Sam
      May 11, 2010 at 6:46 pm

      I agree, I think there is lots of time for you to learn about “sexual growth” and perhaps we need to concentrate on the things that are happening, have happened or are about to happen to your bodies and minds.

  9. Sasha
    May 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    I think this unit will be about the changes that we will face, puberty, these things you will just having to live with because everyone has to go through puberty, and how to cope with with what you are going to go through.
    If you start changing then you should tell your parents because your parents are the only people who can help you and most probably you wouldn’t want to tell you older sister or brother because they might tease you, same with your friends.

    • Rosna
      May 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm

      I agree with you with the part that says your older siblings or friends might tease you if you start going through puberty challenges

    • Mr. Sam
      May 11, 2010 at 6:50 pm

      Don’t be so sure. Remember that your older siblings have gone through this before. If you approach them seriously and show them that you value their wisdom and advice I am sure they will repay you by taking you seriously. It could really bring you closer together.

      • Rosna
        May 11, 2010 at 6:59 pm

        I will try that with my older sisters. I think after what you have said they might take it seriously also because its happened to them and they wouldn’t want us to be afraid to talk about things that are going to happen soon.

        • Sasha
          May 11, 2010 at 8:16 pm

          I agree with Rosna and I will also try that with my sister.

        • Mr. Sam
          May 12, 2010 at 8:18 am

          I think you will be pleasantly surprised by their maturity and their caring attitude about this.

          • Sasha
            May 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm

            Maybe some sisters and brothers would care but some would just tease you. For e.g I just told my sister that we are going to start this unit she kind of started teasing me.

  10. Cael
    May 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I think this unit will be about how are bodys change and what will be the challanges of going through puberty. We will learn what to do and how to handle it but we might be learnig abit about sex and also safe sex. I think we might be abit young to talk about sex but I think learnig about puberty is really a good thing to learn about at this age. I think we shouldn’t be learnig much about sex.

    • Mr. Sam
      May 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm

      I think you’re right, Cael. Let’s focus on the things that are really relevant to your lives at the moment.

  11. 17nikkis
    May 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    In this unit it will be about the change that we all need to face and go through, as we grow older. We will learn all sorts of things, which will be related to our bodies and ourselves. We will be learning about puberty, our health, physically and mentally changes, being hygienic and many more. This will help us be prepare for the future and it will give us a better understanding. This unit will also teach us to become more mature as we will have a lot of organizing skills and our mind set will teach us to be more focus and calm. This unit also shows us the pattern of the way we grow up and have become more mature. For example: for what we are now stepping into teenage life, another pattern is from PYP to MYP. So I am all set to an exciting in learning to wards “Who we are.” 🙂

    • Mr. Sam
      May 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      You’re right, you’re going though changes in your school lives as well as physical and mental changes.

  12. 17saeriy
    May 11, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I think this unit is going to be about how our bodies are going to change. I think this unit should be how our bodies change and why.

    • Mr. Sam
      May 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      Can you give us more details? This really doesn’t look like a lot of effort or thinking.

  13. Karam
    May 11, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    I think that this unit should be about how to cope or deal with the change our bodies will be going through these couple of years and more. I also think that it will be about how to deal with your hormones, for example you might just be irritable and start a fight for no reason at all. I also think that this unit will be about how to consult to your parents freely about this, so that they can help you after all that is what parents are for. I do not think that this unit should be about sexual intercourse. I also don’t think that prevention of sexually transmitted diseases should be part of this unit because………….well you know…… we are not really old enough to know about this stuff. I mean …….. don’t you think it’s to early to learn about this stuff?? Too learn about changes in our bodies and hormones is fine but this is going a bit over board.

    • Mr. Sam
      May 11, 2010 at 7:00 pm

      I couldn’t have expressed it better myself. Well done, Karam. Will you work on the planning of this unit with me tomorrow. This is my summary of your outline:

      – physical changes
      – effects of hormones and how to deal with them
      – your relationship with your parents, honesty and discussion

      • Jaemi Hodgson
        May 12, 2010 at 11:07 am

        I think a lot of you have hit this unit right on the mark but as Mr Sam said, perhaps Karam has expressed it in the best way. To me, it is about learning how to cope with the changes that your bodies are going through and having people (your parents for example to talk to.

  14. Arne
    May 11, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I think this should be about what we are interested in and what they might want to find out about more. This unit is going to be about puberty our changes of ourselves and body and how we grow into an adult. A bit like process. This unit will teach us how to become more mature and to help us with our changes. We will need to become more hygienic because of our changes. So our unit shouldn’t be about what they think is happening to us because that is personal we have to tell them our changes and our secrets so than can help us.

    • Mr. Sam
      May 11, 2010 at 7:01 pm

      I like the idea of mapping it out like a process, let’s definitely do that. We can use SmartArt.

    • Nathan
      May 11, 2010 at 8:47 pm

      I like the way you said hygienic

      • Nathan
        May 11, 2010 at 8:48 pm

        You included

  15. Ranvir
    May 11, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    This unit should be about how we grow and how it will affect us in the future. This must include stuff like puberty and sex. It should also imply how we will change and what challenges we must face in the future.

    It shouldnt be about private parts and only stuff like that. Growing stages and solutions to circumstances should be mentioned and not only the problem.

    • Mr. Sam
      May 11, 2010 at 7:01 pm

      Do you think sex is really relevant to students whose average age is 11?

  16. Ness
    May 11, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I think this unit is about the changes of your body both mentally and pghysically. I also think it will be about How to prepare and How it happens like if we eat this food it will happen faster. This unit should be about hormone, puberty, how to get ready. I want it to be about how to handle it, how it happens, what to do if you have it, how to prevent this from happening faster. I don’t think it should be all about sex because it’s not revelant and it’s not really for our age. Also I think it shouldn’t only be about a specific thing about but be about many things the way we want to know and learn about.

    • Mr. Sam
      May 11, 2010 at 7:03 pm

      I like the way said “how to get ready”.Of course, it may be too late for some of you because you may already have started to go through it. However, I believe eductaion is all about getting students ready for life, so let’s think about all of this as “getting ready”.

  17. Nathan
    May 11, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I think this unit will be about how we change and our sexual growth and how to cope with how we are growing, like growing pains, wet dreams and stuff. I think we should be about teaching us what to do when we that happens to us. I should not just be about stuff not relevant to us like how to have safe sex and things like that.

  18. Mick
    May 11, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    In this unit we will be learning about puberty and how our body will grow up. We will be learning about taking care of ourselves when we grow up. We will also learn about how our body changes mentally. We will also learn about the affects of hormones and how to deal with them. We might also learn about having disscussions about this subject with our parents. What we shouldn’t learn about is more grownup stuff like sex and all thoose other stuff.

    • Ms Ashley
      May 14, 2010 at 3:51 pm

      You bring up a really important point Mick – learning about how to talk to your parents about all of these changes. Mr Chris and I invited Year 6 parents to come and learn a little bit about this unit on Wednesday evening and we talked with them about talking to their kids about these issues and questions. Your parents love you all so much and always want you to be healthy and happy, so getting used to talking with them about your body, changes you experience and all of the issues that come along with puberty is really immportant. It’s OK if it feels a little bit “weird” or “embarassing” talking to your parents about these issues, but like many things in life – the more you do it the easier it will get.

  19. SUJINNA :D
    May 11, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I think that this unit is about the changes we would / MUST face as we grow up mentally and physically. I think that it is also about how we could be prepared with these physical and mental changes. I think that this unit is mostly about what we want to inquiry into about or bodies and how it works… it’s not like what Mr. Sam said ” Dumping a whole load of things (rubbish) on you” I call it rubbish because some of us don’t even want to know about it or you have already learnt so it is more like what you want to learn a bout. I think that this unit shouldn’t be about sex like ness said because it doesn’t actually relate to this. I think that it is not related because we are not yet at the age to know about it.

  20. Ms Rebecca
    May 11, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Dear 6S
    It seems to me that you are definitely mentally prepared for this unit judging from the maturity of this discussion. I can reflect back on knowing many of you from Year2 and 4 and can see the changes you have gone through already in your Primary Years life and I love how this blog keeps me connected with you. I wonder how this will happen in the future as you continue along your journey into High School? So great planning and I look forward to seeing how this unit goes.

    • May 12, 2010 at 6:18 am

      I didn’t knew you knew our bloG

      • Ms Rebecca
        May 13, 2010 at 12:58 am

        Hi DoYeon
        I have been following your Blog for most of the year and I love it. I even shared it with my class in Switzerland.
        Ms Rebecca

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