Design Project, 2D Shape Challenges and Goal Setting

by jackierendina on October 20, 2017


DESIGN PROJECT

This week has been an epic design week in 2A.  Students spent over 6 hours working through the Stanford design thinking process to create a fun video game for their peers.  From empathizing to designing, ideating, prototyping and testing, children used a wide array of transdiciplinary skills as well as intense organizational and mathematical thinking.  2A students used the block coding app “Scratch Jr.” to create their games, which included mazes, quizzes, character adventures, sports games and multi-level challenges.  Not even I could have imagined how excited the kids would be about this project and what an amazing job they would do.  I am incredibly impressed with what the students were able to achieve this week and hope that parents will help to congratulate them on their creativity, resilience, problem solving and higher level thinking.  Keep an eye out for future posts about this exciting and innovative project and don’t forget to share your child’s excitement this weekend by asking them all about the app they created!


GOAL SETTING

Today you should be able to find a copy of your child’s main goals for Grade 2 on his/her blog.  The goals are based on the conversations that took place between parents, teachers and students in the early October learning conversations.  This week students met with teachers to further develop the goals to include success criteria (how I will know if I achieve the goal) and steps to help the learner to reach the goal.  Parents should review these goals and ask students to explain the 3 parts (Goals – Success Criteria – Steps).  By explaining to others, students can take greater ownership of their goals, deepen their understanding of the goals and gain further motivation to achieve them.   Finally, if parents feel they can help students with their goals at home, discussing this can build a sense of home-school connection and support, to further enhance learning.


2D SHAPE CHALLENGES
Can you make a triangle by using 2 small triangles, a trapezoid and 2 rhombus pattern blocks?  Understanding how 2D shapes fit together and explaining relationships between 2D shapes is one of our goals in our geometry learning.  Students had a fun time exploring these relationships this week and will continue to further their understanding while expanding to 3D shapes.

BILINGUALISM IN CHILDREN: Separating Fact from Fiction
Join us at LLAC for a presentation that focuses on the nature of bilingual development; ESL & language delay; the benefits of bilingualism; and common myths & misconceptions. The talk will take place on 24th October (Tuesday) at 8:00-10:00 am with Arthur Fang, a paediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. Register here.

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