Our field trip to Science World yesterday was fabulous! We started with a Science Lab where we designed and created various fans to be used to produce wind energy. In the afternoon, we watched an Omni-Max Amazon feature. Mixed in between and after these two activities, we had lots of time to explore the various areas, including the new Ripley's Believe It or Not exhibit. A fun time was had by all! More photos are posted in the Pictures section.
Capoeira was on for a week at Mackenzie and Division 7 had the pleasure of participating in 2 1-hour sessions. The instructor used intense exercise and simple positions to combine into almost a combination of dance and martial arts. It looked like a lot of fun! A few more photos are in the Picture Section.
This Friday, the class showed off their Bollywood dance moves in both a morning and afternoon performance. I am amazed at what the class was able to do after only 4 days of practice. A video has been posted in the Pictures section of the website from the morning performance from the school. It was WAY too busy in the gym to get a recording in the afternoon. I hope all of the parents that made it enjoyed the performance as much as I did! Great work everyone!
So the PAC at Mackenzie is hosting a bit of a contest using our Hot Lunch Program. The contest is over the next 4 Hot Lunch weeks, where the class with the most students ordering from the Much-A-Lunch website over those 4 weeks wins a pizza party (not related to amount of money spent - just total number of students ordering).
Orders can be put in for weeks in advance, but can also be done, changed and edited up to the Sunday of that school week. The first of the 4 weeks for this contest is the Hot Lunch day on January 19th, meaning orders would need to be in by this Sunday for that date.
To order, you can visit http://www.muchalunch.com/schools/mackenzie and sign up. We are Division 7 (Mr. Martin's class). If you have any problems or questions, you can comment below and I will do my best to answer. This is completely optional, but the class expressed their interest in trying to win a pizza party. The PAC does raise some money from the hot lunch program, which goes towards many great things at the school, such as field trips, ipads, sports and playground equipment, etc, so win or lose, the school wins! YAY!
Happy New Year!
Business First: Don't forget to upload your pictures from the break to your website, or to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org - still a few days left, but worth mentioning.
New Year's Wish Second: I post the same message every year for New Year's, mostly because I have yet to find a better one. Not from lack of trying mind you, it is just a very good message that I think really resonates with how we work in our school and in my classroom in particular. It comes from one of my favourite authors, Neil Gaiman, who you might know from books he wrote for people around your age such as Coraline (which is also a movie) or The Graveyard Book. He had this to say, and I find it quite fitting:
And for this year, my wish for each of us is small and very simple.
And it's this.
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
I'm ready to make some new mistakes and to try to learn from them as I go. Hopfully you are too!
Happy New Year and see you soon,
Bonus: I am still in Arizona with my family. I will post about it more when we return home, but here is a picture to start with:
This Blog will provide updates on what is happening in the classroom, as well as a small peak into the life of the teacher outside of school.
Welcome Students and Parents of Division 7!
I hope that this will be a place where we can better open the lines of communication between myself, the students and the parents/guardians. I also hope to use this space as part of my general encouragement to use various forms of technology to help us learn in different and meaningful ways.