August 30, 2019

 

Dear Families, 

As we head into the long weekend, I wish you a joyful time connecting and relaxing together.

4A Important Information

  • Wednesday September 4:Class Elections. Class student council representatives will be elected next week. If interested, your child should write a short speech or make a presentation explaining why he or she would be a good representative for our class. Elections will then take place with a secret vote ( mimicking a proper election). Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
  • Thursday September 5 from 6-7:30pm: Back to School Night. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
  • Thursday September 12: Moon Festival. Students should wear an Ao Dai on this day. These can be purchased downtown and/or specially made by a tailor. 

Explorations This Week

  • Prompted by videos from Jo Boaler, we continued to build our math community by discussing how depth is more important than speed and how mistakes are valuable. This video led many students wanting to justify more of their mathematical thinking with words, models and numbers in their math notebooks.
  • Discovering powerful language from mentor authors to use in our narrative stories.
  • Meeting our Grade 1 Buddies! Please see some photos from this time together.
  • Constructing our understanding of an ‘inquiry way of thinking’ that will be referenced throughout the year. 
  • Finding ways to connect to The Learner Profile through movement, hashtags and examples from our lives. These posters we will continue to add onto throughout the year.

Something to Try at Home

  • Check out this website as a jumping off point for a ‘family question of the day’ or ‘family inquiry.’ Have fun!

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out should you have additional questions. 

Warmly, 

Ms. Maggie

August 23, 2019

Getting to know each other as mathematicians.

Dear Families, 

With our first full week of Grade 4 behind us, I find myself wondering if the entire year will go by so quickly?! 

My weekly blog post will be written concisely to provide a snapshot rather than all the fine grain details. That being said, if you would like more specific details about the learning relating and your child, please do not hesitate to contact me. I love a good educational chat!

In each weekly post you’ll find:

  • Important information relating to our class.
  • A short blurb of the week’s explorations.
  • Something to try at home relating to our learning.
  • A photo or a video.

4A Important Information

  • Photo Day-Tuesday, August 27th
  • Headphones should be brought for laptops. These can be left in the classroom.
  • Please complete this form as a way for me to support you and your child this year. 

Explorations This Week

  • Examining bookstores around the world through the lense of form and function led to student interest groups creating literacy spaces around the room. Come and check them out!
  • This week we inquired into ‘What is math?’ and ‘What does a mathematician actually do?’ through countless conversations, a scavenger hunt, using manipulatives and videos.
  • Drawing our neighborhoods as a tool for finding story ideas. An analogy has been made between a race horse’s blinders and the tools we need for success. Both of these ideas will be ongoing throughout the year.
  • Diving into the Makerspace with a cup challenge.

Something to Try at Home

  • Create a ‘Shelfie’ of your most meaningful books and then speak with your child about why these books matter to you. Your child did one this week so you can ask which books created his or her ‘Shelfie.’

 

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out should you have additional questions. 

Warmly, 

Ms. Maggie

 

Welcome!

August 14, 2019

 

Dear Parents and Students of 4A, 

 

It’s here! A new school year filled with possibilities. I am thrilled to be your teacher this year as we unpack those possibilities– wondering and grappling together. What does it mean ‘to grapple’ about something in Grade 4? How can we find out? As we move through this first week, and beyond, we’ll be pushing ourselves to engage with our learning and ourselves in new ways. I encourage you to continue conversations at home by asking each other, “How did today matter to you?”

 

In thinking about our day-to-day life in 4A, please see our schedule on the back. This schedule is new to all of us in the elementary school, so it’ll take some getting used to. We are now using a ‘Week A’ and a ‘Week B’ schedule, and while the timing is the same except on Wednesdays, our specials will change from week to week. You’ll also notice that school gets out at 3:30- except on Wednesdays when the finish is at 2:30. It is important to put this schedule somewhere special, where everyone can see it and help each other to be prepared. As we move into the upcoming weeks and we get the details of our schedule down, I’ll send home another one and update the blog so that you know when maths is happening, literacy and units of inquiry as well a library book exchange time.

 

If I haven’t met you yet, please feel free to stop by to say xin chào!” and ask me “How has today mattered to you?” 

 

Wonderings? Feedback? Note of gratitude? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at mmagowan2@unishanoi.org and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Warmly,

Ms. Maggie