Month: December 2011

Merry Christmas

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Christmas vacation starts tomorrow! No school for two weeks 🙂

I know I’m looking forward to some relaxation, visiting with friends and family, eating good food, and skiing. Stacey, Sam, and I are heading to B.C. to go skiing for a week in Fernie! Bring on the powder 🙂

What are your plans? What do you want to do during your break? What types of things does your family do for Christmas? Are you going away to visit? Tell us what your plans are.

                     

I am Norm

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I can’t believe what an impact the movie Including Samuel had on me. I was partly affected because I have a son named Samuel who is around the same age. However, it is most likely my personal link to someone with Cerebral Palsy. My friend, Roxanne, taught me a lot about life and how to treat people. She was one of my biggest fans when I played professional hockey. It was Roxanne who showed me what inclusion means to people with disabilities. Unfortunately, Roxanne is no longer with us, but what a special teacher of how to live life she was for me!

I am Norm is a campaign to show people that “different” is the norm. We are all unique in so many ways. It doesn’t matter about our abilities, we all have the right to the same opportunities, in school and our community.

Is there anyone that is not considered “normal” by society’s standards, but is a role model to you? How would you feel if others treated you differently or excluded you because they didn’t define you as “normal”? How has Including Samuel and Darius Goes West changed the way you think about people with disabilities? What actions can you take to ensure inclusion works well in our school and community? How are you going to support the I am Norm campaign?

 

Darius Goes West

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“I’m gonna live my life till I can’t live it no more.” 

Darius Weems

Darius Goes West was a very enlightening documentary about Muscular Dystrophy geared for young people. Today, I would like you to respond to some of my prompts listed below to this film. I want you to express your thoughts, feelings, and ideas from this documentary.

What was the message? What did you learn? How did you feel after watching this? What was your favourite part or moment? Why? What did you think of MTV’s decision not to participate in his dream of “Pimp my Wheelchair”? And lastly, what did Darius teach you about yourself?

Click on the picture to get to the Darius Goes West website!

Critical Literacy

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We’ve spent the last week looking at point of view and specifically how to look at text with a critical eye. Remember what I said, You can’t truly understand a text, until you realize what’s missing from it first“!

Now I want you to apply these new found skills on the following article. Click on the link below to go to the article on year round schooling.

As you read the article, use the questions of critical literacy provided. Think about who the intended audience is, whose voice you hear as well as whose voice you don’t hear. What’s the purpose of the text? And lastly, what isn’t this article telling us?

I’m looking for a 2-3 paragraph response to the article using your new critical literacy eye!

The Case for Year Round Schooling

Our Next Read Aloud

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I have two possible books in mind for our next read aloud in the new year. Please click on the book picture to check out some information on them. After, place your vote. You can only vote for one! If you don’t like the two choices…. then suggest another!!

        

Blood Red Road

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We finally finished Blood Red Road! It seemed like a very long journey, but that is what a book is supposed to be. And with all journeys we change and learn a little more about ourselves and the world.

I would like to hear your comments, ideas, thinking, beliefs, and comments to one another about Blood Red Road.

Also, please fill out the surve