Room One’s inquiry this term is the question ‘What are our stories of the past and how can we tell them?’ We connected to the past by way of our teddy bears. We invited our buddies from Room 5 to join us and we each brought along a special old teddy or soft toy. We enjoyed listening to their stories, followed by a delicious food at our teddy bear’s picnic! Our buddies even made the bread rolls themselves!
Ellie is a snuggly elephant. He is my toy. It used to be my Dads when he was a boy. The first thing he did was sit on him! He looks like an elephant but he is yellow. I like to hug him. Ellie is cool. By Sam
My Santa teddy is cuddly. My Great Nana made Santa for me before she died. Santa is snuggly. I think he really likes me because I look after him. By Blair
Miranda is my doll. Miranda has long orange hair. I got her on my first birthday from a Katikati shop. I pushed my trolley around Katikati with her in it. I was cute pushing her around Katikati. She loves me!! Miranda!! She comes to some tea parties and sleeps in my bed. She is knitted. She’s a school girl. I love Miranda! By Aby
Toby is my teddy. But Georgia had him when she was a baby. Toby is a kind and cuddly teddy. I love to hug my teddy. By Gabe
Goody Goody Gumdrops is my favourite bear. I like to cuddle him. He looks cute in his T shirt. By Saxon.
My dog is named Troy. Troy is a teddy. He is a fast teddy. I got him from my Mum. My Mum got him from her friend and his sister. He has got brown lines going to his eyes. I like to pat his back. Troy is cute. By Nikora.
Can you match our water colour paintings with the photos?
When our children were small we gave up watching the news on television the day our daughter asked …”Why are there always bad things happening in the world?” She is now 32 and guess what, when we watch the news it seems that nothing has changed. Most of the stories presented reflect a high degree of political and social unrest in many parts of the world. Moreover, the level of violence against humankind seems to have escalated. Add to this the bad press surrounding the Olympics, be it the potential impact of the Zika virus, the doping scandal that has rocked Russia, or the security of athletes in Brazil, and you wonder where the good news exists. Well let me tell you……
Watching and listening to Ella and Bryden Nicholas speak from the heart about their kayaking one cannot help but recognise the motivation, drive and positive energy these two young athletes exude. Furthermore, when they speak about their cultural heritage and the pride they have in representing their country they illustrate what the Olympics ethos aims to achieve. They are excited about being a part of a world event that draws in countries across the globe. As a school we share in their excitement and revel in the fact that they epitomise what we want for our students when they finally leave Matahui School. There is not just good news, but GREAT news……..thanks Ella and Bryden for being such shining lights.
I often write about learning and the focus tends to fall on the qualities or traits our students exhibit so, by way of a change, I thought I’d share some thoughts with you about adults as learners. The following ideas came from an eLearning Industry paper produced in 2013 which centred on how to create and structure the right course content for adult learners. Take a moment to read through these and see whether or not the characteristics we display as adult learners bear any resemblance to those we might demonstrate as children. This would make a great dinner time discussion. Have the children ask you……… “What did you learn today?”
Adult Learners’ Traits
Adults feel the need to take responsibility for their lives and decisions and this is why it’s important for them to have control over their learning.
- Practical and results-oriented
Adult learners are usually practical, resent theory, need information that can be immediately applicable to their professional needs, and generally prefer practical knowledge that will improve their skills, facilitate their work and boost their confidence.
- Less open-minded
Adults are more resisitant to change. Maturity and profound life experiences usually lead to rigidity, which is the enemy of learning.
- Slower learning, yet more integrative knowledge
Aging does affect learning. Adults tend to learn less rapidly with age. However, the depth of learning tends to increase over time, navigating knowledge and skills to unprecedented personal levels.
- Use personal experience as a resource
Adults have lived longer, seen and done more, have the tendency to link their past experiences to anything new and validate new concepts based on prior learning.
Learning in adulthood is usually voluntary. Thus, it’s a personal choice to attend school, in order to improve job skills and achieve professional growth.
- Multi-level responsibilities
Adult learners have a lot to juggle; family, friends, work, and the need for personal quality time. This is why it’s more difficult for an adult to make room for learning.
- High expectations
Adult learners have high expectations. They want to be taught about things that will be useful to their work, expect to have immediate results, seek for a course that will worth their while and not be a waste of their time or money.
Room 6 Matahui Year Seven and Eight students have been developing their Term Two Inquiry which focuses on Innovation and Invention. As a part of this they have been receiving additional support from parents who are highly skilled in Technology and Invention. Darren Bruning and Simon McDonald are two such parents and their skills and experience have raised the bar with the students learning.
Darren has been visiting each week to show the students the first steps in computer programming. The students have been totally absorbed with the complexity and challenge associated with a learning area which will be an important part of their future.
In the photos above Connor, Alex, Blake and Olly follow a wiring diagram to prepare their electronic hardware.
The completed breadboard and Arduino board ready for connection to the computer.
The computer programming study has generated a lot of interest including a visit from the Bay of Plenty Times. To read their article and learn more about the students learning follow the following link:
Room 1, along with Asha and Bryleigh from Room 3, and our wonderful student leaders from Room 6 -Kayla and Grace, had a fantastic day at our annual Boat Day at Omokoroa Beach. We started the day learning to paddle in kayaks, then sailing the optimists. After morning tea we had fun at Beach Olympics and then we went fishing out on the jetty. Our biggest catch was Bryleigh’s starfish! Our final activity of the day was heaps of fun -floating and balancing on the tubes. Thank you to Grace and Kayla and all the parents who came along to help and make the day such a fabulous experience.
On Wednesday the 24th of February Room 5 and 6 from Matahui School supported by some fantastic parents made the trip to Auckland to attend a performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Pop-up Globe Theatre.
What a wonderful experience! We were filled with the artistry, drama and wonder of Shakespearian theatre. The performance had us spellbound.
Matahui Room 5 students Rose Brunning, Rory Robertson and Bridget McGirr won the prestigious Year Six WBEET Baymaths competition last night against strong opposition from upper North Island schools. The three were first in the team challenge and second in the timed challenge and also highly competitive in the individual round. Another wonderful example of our students having outstanding success on the big stage. Congratulations!!!!!