Welcome to Room 13's Learning Journey blog. We are a class of Year 7-9 year olds in Auckland, New Zealand.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Growing art skills in R13

Our Pastel Sunflowers

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Room 13s Pets - Where in the World Do They Travel To?

We love the pets in our room and they travel to lots of homes but I was wondering... how do they help our learning? Make a comment and tell me what you think!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Highlights of Term 1

Here are my highlights so far:
Watching new friendships develop in our classroom, and seeing friendships being carefully looked after and nurtured, like a gardener takes care of flowers

Completing the Teamwork video challenge because we co-operated so well

Seeing the show The Power of One and watching everyone pledge that they will take responsibility for keeping our school a bullying free zone, and watching everyone's undertstandings grow- I think Miss A will have a great new crop of Peer Mediators before the end of the year! I hope some of our class members will post a blog comment about Cool Schools... I think it is just fantastic for children to be so powerful...
                                  The Power of One: Will we ever be "bystanders" again??

    Seeing our garden plants flourishing because the plants are beautifully watered everyday 

    Seeing how well everyone does our yoga routine Salute to the Sun and does their personal goal setting every morning - and getting positive feedback from Mrs H about how well HG and KS lead the yoga in her year 2 class. It will soon be time to video our yoga and post it on our blog. 

    Developing our understanding of the NZ Treaty of Waitangi, developing our own Treaty (with Article the 4th!! that the original treaty did not have) ... and signing the Room 13 Treaty

    Going to Te Tuhi to see the current exhibition and watching how well you did your colour wheel paint mixing

        Working with Mrs M on our Me in Our Environment study. We are so lucky to be working with such an enviro expert!
          The incomparable Mrs M ... environmentalist extraordinaire

          All the hard work you have been doing on your learning goals and success criteria, and putting them on your e-portfolios

            Sketching our sunflowers (I can't wait to see your paintings)... and all your careful drawings
               and there's three more weeks to go... What are your highlights?

              Books that inspire us!

              Our class read My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig and we did some thinking about what bullying is...
              Looks Like:

              • The bully Katie bullied Monica without anyone else hearing what she was saying.
              • The illustrations showed us Monica looking very unhappy.
              Sounds like:
              • "If you play with them I won't come over to your house tonight"

              Feels like: Bullied people feel
              • Emotional
              • Lonely
              • upset
              • sorry
              • guilty
              • broken hearted
              This book is good for our learning because...
              It tells us not to bully and not to make fun of other peoples names.
              (by IW)


              Books that inspire us!

              Room 13 has read Kermit the Hermit by Bill Peet. This fabulous story, by Bill Peet, s about a Hermit Crab who was greedy with nearly everything - he was mostly selfish about his possessions that he collected and kept in his castle of rocks in Monterey Bay. After he was nearly buried alive by a dog he was saved by a kind little boy. Kermit was so happy, and grateful he changed his ways and became thoughtful and kind. The lovely way he helped the boy and his family made us realise that people can change their ways. The message is about changing your behaviour if you choose to. The main character is an animal but we think the audience is ...US.
              (By KS, OH, YS, SL and SZ)

              Books That Inspire Us!

              Since the year started at the beginning of February we have been reading lots of books about the way people behave towards each other.
              One of our Key Competencies in New Zealand is Relating to Others and we have been busy thinking about the types of behaviours that make our learning community really positive. We saw a show in the second week of the Term called The Power of One and it was about bullying.
              We know that we are still experiencing different types of bullying so we decided to read lots of texts to help us learn more and find different strategies to cope with bullies.
              Here are some of the books that have inspired us, helped our learning and made an amazing impact on some of our learners...