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Teamwork skills

February 4, 2020

Grade 9s worked today on a task of circling all the numbers from 1 to 100 in order. The task was first done independently.

And then later done as a team to see if it could get done faster that way.

What is interesting about this task is that after a little while, a pattern emerges, if everyone is taking turns and using their own marker.

Every number is in a quadrant. Once we recognize that, we can plan effectively, and improve our strategy!

Groups began to get up, and cluster close together

People helped others find their next number

And we found great success in our teamwork.

What had originally taken over 10 minutes to do independently could be accomplished in under 2 minutes in a well organized team.

We brainstormed what it looks like/sounds like/feels like to be in a good team afterwards, and are going to refer back to our list over the course of the term.

Adds to 10

February 4, 2020

In our 1L class, we are working on numeracy concepts, and have looked at adding to start with. We are really good at adding 2 numbers to make 10.

With this game board each player takes turns placing 2 markers on circles that add to make 10. There’s some strategy involved, because each player is trying to build the longest chain of their colour marker.

We played for a bit, and then had a class tournament complete with a competition bracket. We are now really good at adding to 10. We’ll keep practicing this skill over the term.

Sky Scrapers problem

February 3, 2020

Grade 9s started today with a problem to solve.

On the cards is a grid, a city plan. Each row and column can have one building of each height (1 floor, 2 floors, 3 floors, 4 floors). On each side of the plan is a number which tells how many buildings are visible from that position.

We developed good strategies to solve the logic problem, and worked on our group collaboration and speaking in French.

Sometimes it seemed really tough to get started. There are many perspectives to consider!

We worked together and found that each of the different puzzle boards could be solved using a similar method. Some perseverance was definitely required!

Welcome back!

February 3, 2020


January 23, 2020

Grade 10s are writing their exam today. It’s been a good semester! Best of luck to everyone.

Portfolio interview preparation

January 21, 2020

Today we worked on our interview skills. We did an inside circle/outside circle activity where we practiced answering questions like “what was the biggest challenge you faced this year”, “what are you proud of”, “what learning skill improved the most over the course”.

We had inside or outside circle move and then we answered more questions.

Then we practiced speaking for 5 minutes in partners for an interview carousel.

One partner spoke about their experience this term, for 5 minutes, as they will during our interview. Their partner listened, took notes, and prompted as needed. They switched roles after giving feedback. We used team shake to make different groups and practiced several times. We are getting more confident with practice!

Distance time graphs

January 10, 2020

We worked on distance time graphs today, relating speed with the slope. We used this graph game.

We noticed that we need to move the stick man at different speeds, forward and backwards to match the graph

If the graph shows a flat horizontal section, it is because the guy is not moving.

We applied our new knowledge to look at EQAO questions like Kenny’s big adventure