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March 27, 2020
by Pat Bathurst
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Hoping you are all well

Greetings everyone,

I am sure this has not been the Spring Break you were hoping for or imagined.  These are unprecedented times and will no doubt present us with challenges.  I am awaiting instructions on how we can meet up via technology and what “school” will look like in the coming days.  I’d love to hear any thoughts you might have on what you’d like to see take place or what you’d like to learn about.  You can always comment on this blog or e-mail me at pat.bathurst@burnabyschools.ca.

I really hope you are all feeling well and coping well with our new reality.  If you or your family have any needs, please reach out.  You never know, I may be able to help or know of ways you can get support.

I miss you and look forward to our time together soon, whatever that looks like.

Much love,

Mrs. Bathurst

March 11, 2020
by Pat Bathurst
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Term 2

This has been a fast paced term and students in Div. 2 have worked hard on their learning.  Much of their learning has been demonstrated through the completion of projects which they have shared with you on their blogs.  Please have a look and ask them to further describe their learning and experience.  I am sure they would love to receive a comment.  I wish you all a wonderful family time together over the Spring Break.

November 29, 2019
by Pat Bathurst
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Thank you Mr. Borean

Today we have to say goodbye to our wonderful Student Teacher Mr. Borean.  He has added so much to our classroom and to our learning.  We will miss him but at the same time we are really excited for him as he embarks on his career as a fully qualified teacher.  We wish him the best.  Come visit Mr. Borean.

November 29, 2019
by Pat Bathurst
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Buddies

Div. 2 students have been excellent buddies this term.  They are working with Ms. Chan’s grade 2/3 class.  After

getting to know each other, they supported their buddies with weaving.  

October 21, 2019
by Pat Bathurst
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First Steps in Creating Our Classroom Community

Instead of creating rules for the way we wanted our classroom to be, we started our year co-constructing a classroom contract.  The process was as follows:

Deciding what we wanted in our contract

  • In groups, students were given Y charts to fill in 3 categories.    1 section of the Y was for their thoughts on “What an Ideal Classroom Looks Like”, 1 section was for their thoughts on”What an Ideal Classroom Feels Like”, and 1 section was for their thoughts on “What an Ideal Classroom Sounds Like”.

After documenting their brainstorming,  students worked with their group to talk about and decide on the 3 qualities from their brainstorming that they thought were most important in creating an ideal classroom.

  • Each groups 3 most important qualities were gathered together.   Altogether we ended up with 10 qualities. 
  • To keep our contract manageable, students then individually placed a star beside their own 3 choices.  From the five qualities with the most stars, we chose our top 5 to focus on for our contract. In the end, students unanimously agreed that being safe, respectful, inclusive, clean and having fun were the top qualities that make for an ideal classroom.

Creating the contract

  • Students were divided into groups and each group of students worked on describing how we will take responsibility to ensure our classroom community has these qualities. 
  • The framework was:     We believe . . . therefore we will . . .   

                                                

  • Sonia and Sophia, our classroom visual display artists, then created this poster                                    
  • Students all signed the poster contract which proudly hangs in our classroom to remind ourselves how we want to be and what our responsibilities are.  

I am so proud of the way your children engaged in this activity and demonstrated their ability to use the core competencies of:

Critical thinking (Analysing the information created by the class in order to make personal judgements about their own values and, articulating their views while considering the views of others)

Communication (Engaging in conversation as listeners and contributors while seeking consensus)

Social Responsibility (collaborating effectively and demonstrating respect for and inclusion of differing perspectives)

 

 

Global Awareness – Our class experience

October 21, 2019 by Pat Bathurst | 0 comments

This term, your children have been engaging in curriculum that centers on the theme, Global Awareness.  In Social Studies and Language Arts they have been learning about the world, the declaration of human rights and the discrepancies inherent in the world due to issues like war, economics, government and the environment.  In Science they are participating in activities designed to develop their awareness of the environments around the world and the impacts of human beings on these environments.  The following blog is a window into a hands-on, minds-on activity that took place a week ago.  The activity was designed to create a  realistic outlook of the way in which people live around the world, broaden their perspective of the discrepancies within the right to adequate housing and to develop appreciation for what they have.

The set up:

  • Introduction to the basic human right of adequate housing and shelter.
  • Students were placed in groups with envelopes containing differing amounts of money ranging from $10.00 to $300.00.
  • Students were assigned the task of build a shelter using only the materials offered for sale.
  • Supplies were offered for purchase with the rule that money and materials could not be shared.
ITEM PRICE
Popsicle Sticks $2.00 each
Glue Gun $5.00
Glue Sticks $2.00 each
Tape $ 1.00 (30 cm)
Scissors $3.00
Paper $1.00  (8X11)
  • Students planned their shelter and supplies (according to what they could afford) and began building.
  • After the completion of the buildings each group was given chess pieces to represent the number of people that would inhabit the shelter they built.
  • Following the activity the students engaged in a conversation around the following questions:
    • Did anyone have any specific challenges?
    • How many people live in each of your homes?
    • Which houses appear to be the most stable?
    • Which houses appear to be the most comfortable/spacious?
    • Who had the advantage?
    • What feelings came up for you during this activity?
    • What do you think this activity reveals about the world?

                                            

     The fruits of their labour.  A vivid representation of the challenges                                                                                             families face around the world when it comes to adequate housing.

Ask your child to share their experience and learning with you!

September 22, 2019
by Pat Bathurst
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Welcome to Div. 2 and Mrs. Bathurst’s first 2019/2020 School Year Blog

Although it took a little more time to organize the classes, the start up of our year has been wonderful. I am excited about getting to know your children and being a part of their social and academic learning journeys this year.   I can already tell that they are wonderful people.

I am looking forward to the Parent’s as Partners evenings on September 25th and 26th.  If you have any questions about the format explained in the letter that went out, please email: pat.bathurst@burnabyschools.ca or call the school.

This is my second year blogging. It is a great way to share with you the activities and learnings that are going on in our classroom. My greatest hope is that it will allow you and your child to engage in more discussions around school. Your child will also be creating and using their own blog.  Their blogs are controlled by the district and private to you, your child and myself.  Over the course of the year they will be using their blogs to showcase and reflect on their learning.  From my experience last year, I can’t think of a better way for students to communicate their learning and develop ownership of it.   Blogs will be discussed in more detail at the Parent’s as Partners sessions.

Please feel free to contact me by email or phone.  You are also welcome to visit the classroom at any time.  I look forward to our communications throughout the year.

Kind regards,

Mrs. Bathurst