Dear Mums & Dads,
How are you, all?
What a weekend! Mangkhut did not spare us. We definitely took a beating; Sai Kung looked like a battlefield on Monday. While I am still stunned by the intensity of Mangkhut, I am even more impressed by the collective effort throughout the city to clean up debris and restore normality. We are very blessed for the strong and established infrastructures and systems that have allowed Hong Kong to get back on its feet so quickly. Here at CDNIS, we are blessed to have dedicated cleaners, security staff and for the FacMan teams who quickly started clean up efforts and repairs to get the school back in shape ready for our return today.
As we missed two days of school, 6A was only introduced today to their new Home Learning Grid for How the World Works and they have been asked, this week, to complete only two activities (instead of 3 in a normal week): one of their choices and one must-do activity, which is the one at the centre of the grid. Please take a look at the activities. You will be pleased to see that, for ‘Speak like a scientist’, the children are encouraged to share with you what they have learned so far in this unit. As for the ‘Experiment’ task, the supervision of an adult may be necessary depending on the experiment your child chooses to conduct at home. 6A has until Friday Oct 5th to complete all the activities on this grid. As for the previous grid, we will get back to it after the mid-term break as we have two weeks of Who We Are exclusively.
Have a great week, Ms. B
From the compass points, it seems that many of you would like to know more about Home Learning in G6 and 6A, specifically. First, let me share with you snapshots of today’s and last week’s home learning share, which takes place in Period 1, right after our morning meeting.
Today’s home learning share
Last week’s home learning share
For these sessions to run smoothly, the children are invited to sign up for three rounds of sharing via a link on our Google Classroom. The home learning share is an opportunity for them to take pride in their work, celebrate their independent thinking, explain their reasoning and be exposed to different perspectives.
The children are asked to complete a minimum of three activities each week from the grid/menu of choices. They are free to do more, if they wish too. However, quality and depth is expected over quantity. The children are also asked to complete a self reflection for each completed task. Eventually, all the activities on the grid will be completed.
The home learning grid and tasks are designed to:
- promote student choice
- positively reinforce and consolidate skills and concepts explored in the classroom across the curriculum
- promote problem-solving and self-management skills
- provoke and deepen thinking and perspective
- foster individual needs
In his book ‘The Highly Engaged Classroom’, Dr. Robert Marzano explains why student choice is essential in the classroom setting and the importance to “…create choices that are robust enough for students to feel that their decision has an impact on their learning.” Marzano found that students perceive classroom activities as more important when they are given choices. It increases intrinsic motivation, increasing effort and task performance, which are essential for their transitioning to upper schools.
On Monday, I will introduce the class to a new home learning grid or menu of choices. It will reflect our inquiry into how matter is manipulated, how it impacts us and how scientific inquiry works. It will also tap into our new ‘whole number’ unit in Maths and our reading language focus: synthesising.