Passing the 100 Mark

by Donald MacPherson on February 1, 2013

100 days smarter! We celebrated our hundred days of school on Wednesday with cookies and Math activities. You can find some fun presentations below. Throughout the week we also explored our new central idea, “Public spaces provide people with opportunities to make connections and establish a sense of community.” You can find the unit overview […]


Investigating Public Spaces, Fractions and Describing Things!

by Donald MacPherson on January 25, 2013

Here we go. Another weekend. Another action-packed week of learning, investigating, challenging and questioning. We’re on a roll in 6C – the classroom energy right now is phenomenal. We kicked off the week by finalizing our 6C entries for central ideas for the Exhibition. We’re changing things up a bit this year and will go […]

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Transdisciplinary Themes, Central Ideas and the Exhibition

by Donald MacPherson on January 18, 2013

Wow, what a week! We investigated the transdisciplinary theme, “Where We Are in Place and Time” and the PYP concepts thoroughly. We explored the criteria of good central ideas and today 6C wrote many of their own. It’s a very challenging process but everyone demonstrated resilience and worked wonderfully together. Next week all grade 6 […]


Bring on 2013!

by Donald MacPherson on January 11, 2013

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas holiday. We had some sleepy heads on Monday, not used to the early mornings. I was one of them.  🙂 We kicked off 2013 in 6C by tuning into the transdisciplinary theme that we will be investigating for our PYP Exhibition: Where We Are […]


Who needs old school?

by Donald MacPherson on November 16, 2012

This has been one of those special weeks that reminds me why I love working with children and colleagues who are passionate and dedicated to their craft. Learning took place this week and students did not sit in desks, write tests, or submit papers to demonstrate it. Instead, it was much more organic and authentic. […]


Values, Conflict, Asking Questions and What’s a Negative?

by Donald MacPherson on September 7, 2012

We started Monday morning with four questions that have resonated with us throughout the week: “What does CDNIS value?” “What does the IBO value?” “What can people value?” “What do you value?” We’ve been continuously coming back to these questions as we develop deeper understandings of our theme, “Who We Are.” This week we heard […]


Going Down with the Titanic … and Talking Values

by Donald MacPherson on August 31, 2012

Week 2 has come to a conclusion and I can say with confidence that this is going to be a tremendous year in 6C! We started the week with an activity prefaced with discussions about the Titanic. Students were in groups of 6, each representing a member of society. They only had a “lifeboat” for […]


Bring on a new school year!

by Donald MacPherson on August 24, 2012

It seems like only a few weeks ago that we were celebrating the end of Grade 5 at Deepwater Bay but here we are with the beginning of the new school year in Grade 6. Personally, I’m very excited about my own move to Grade 6. I’ve always been interested in being a part of […]


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