Ms. Jane emailed me these photos:
Make a comment to tell us:
- What you are doing
- What skills you are using and developing
- What was challenging
- What was quite easy
These groups are sitting in shapes and formations that will help them to collaborate – to work together effectively.
Can you make a comment to explain why their shapes and formations are good for collaboration? Can you see any problems that might happen in their group?
What else is important for collaboration to work well?
You have many choices of ways to write and present your writing. To help you make your choices, I will give you a list of questions.
What do you want to write about? What moments, experiences and conversations were important for you? What responsibilities do you have when you write?
Who do you want to write with? Of course, you can work alone, but you also have the option to collaborate with other people in a number of ways.
Who are you writing for? Who is your audience?
Why are you writing? Why is it important to know the reason you’re writing?
How will you use writing to express what you want to say? How will you make sure people will want to read your writing? How will you get your writing read by other people?
For homework, today, spend some time brainstorming answers to these questions and then make a comment to tell us what you’re thinking. Read the questions very carefully and put some good thought into how you will answer them.
This is the central idea of our next unit:
“The changes and challenges we face as we grow help us to understand who we are.”
We will be looking at this central idea using the concepts of function, change and responsibility.
These are the lines of inquiry:
- Physical and emotional changes during puberty
- Coping with challenges
- Changes in responsibility
Discuss all of this with some people at home, such as parents and older brothers and sisters, and then make a comment to answer these questions:
- What do you think this unit will be about?
- What do you think it should be about?
- What do you think it should not be about?
Image from yankodesign.com
These photos show parents and students of 6SS looking at the students’ cards on the Gradual Release of Responsibility and discussing whether or not they are in the right place on the continuum. They also show parents and students collaborating to write a comment on the blog posting below, giving details of their conversations and telling us what their goals are for the immediate future.
Here’s a nice photo of the parents enjoying the relaxing part of the morning, organized by these students:
Aayush, Paula, Paul, Anirudh, Odette, Ken, Gabi, May, Pimboon, Am and Samantha. Well done to them!!!
With your parents, spend some time looking at the Gradual Release of Responsibility diagram outside the classroom:
- Explain how the diagram works
- Share your cards with them by taking them off one-by-one and finding somewhere to talk about each one
- Find out if they think your cards are in the right place on the GRR
- Discuss how you can work together with your parents to progress
- Decide on one or two goals for the next couple of weeks
- Make a comment to tell us your goals and a bit of information about the conversations you had
Remember, make your goals:
Sustainable (you will carry on doing it)
Manageable (it is not too much to take on)
Achievable (you can achieve success with it)
Realistic (it is appropriate for you)
Timely (now is the perfect time to work on this goal)
What is the difference between being bossy and being a leader?
Make a comment to explain your ideas.
6GD have been blogging about this question too, have a look: http://blogs.nist.ac.th/6gd/2010/09/17/leadership-verses-bossiness/#comment-900