A Note from Mrs. Key …

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ROOM 214 …
Through our classroom discussions and our current novel study, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, we will continue to learn about prejudice and discrimination and just how important our rights are and our need to protect them.  The novel, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, is a historical fiction story based on real-world events as seen through the naive eyes of a fictional German boy, nine-year-old Bruno. Beginning in 1938, through the events of the Holocaust, this story reminds us of the dangers of prejudice, discrimination, and hatred, while also celebrating the kindness and love that is inside all of our hearts. We will finish the novel by Friday, November 17th. During the week of November 20th – 24th, we will be watching the movie, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and making comparisons to the novel.
The novel and the movie are appropriately rated for the students but can stir up some deep questions and emotions regarding the ‘How?’ and ‘Why?’ of discrimination and prejudice during World War II and the Holocaust. The students are really invested in this story and have been touched emotionally by the characters and the topic. Asking your child about the story and encouraging open dialogue and conversations about what they are learning at school can help them process and understand this difficult, but necessary topic.

COMING UP NEXT …
Following our novel study, students will continue to learn more deeply about the historical movements and events that surrounded the Holocaust. We will take a ‘sensitive’ and age-appropriate approach to the material and try to focus on the ‘big ideas’ instead of the individual horrors of the Holocaust. I have spoken to the students about the need for respect and understanding that images on the internet about the Holocaust involved real people and families. It is important that we do not focus on or sensationalize these graphic images and respect the dignity of those involved. In many ways, this takes the stress and burden off of the students while encouraging them to be informed and educated on a very important event that has forever changed our world and how we view it.

diary-of-anne-frank
We will watch the BBC mini-series, The Diary of Anne Frank. I have chosen this particular mini-series as I believe it to be one of the most accurate and appropriate for our students. As we watch the mini-series, we will complete a series of visual journals through which we will record our thoughts, emotions, and reactions in visual form (pictures/words). The story of Anne Frank is one that I believe all students should understand and know. Following the mini-series, we will complete an Anne Frank WebQuest, through which we will learn more detail about her life and the times.

rights-of-a-childIndividually, or with a partner, each student will complete a project that will help them to develop a deeper understanding of human/children’s rights and how frequently these rights are being violated around the world. The big idea of child-like innocence during difficult times can be a profound concept for young people. Although a daunting task, learning lessons about the importance of kindness and love to combat hate, prejudice, and discrimination is essential for this next generation of world change makers. We will continue to engage in daily discussions through which we will deconstruct and reflect upon these emotionally stirring events in history. It is only through learning and promoting a deeper understanding of tragedies of the past, that we can move forward to ensure that atrocities like the Holocaust do not occur again. From events in history, current world events and conflicts, to social justice issues in our community and school, our goal is to educate each other of the importance of taking a stand for what is right and to show acceptance and love for everyone.

thank-you-kittyThank you for the honour and privilege of working with your child!
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Mrs. Key

A Note from Mrs. Key …

It is hard to believe that it is almost November! We have had a fabulous start to the year and have settled in nicely to the routines of grade seven at Northwestern. Students continue to work hard to develop their character, learning skills, and to become caring and conscientious classroom citizens (good humans).


We have managed to work through the initial ‘bugs’ and ‘glitches’ of the iPads and technology over the past months, and are becoming much more resilient in the face of adversity and new learning. We have learned to create, join, upload, convert, and communicate through this amazing device. The multiple opportunities for student-centred and differentiated assessment of learning are beyond belief! Students can type, speak, listen, and/or write to demonstrate their understanding of concepts! Traditional learning methods (books, paper, and pencils) are still an important part of our classroom and we strive to ensure that our students are well-rounded and able to thrive in a variety of learning tasks and environments. It is all about meeting the needs of our learners, students first! Parents, thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate our way through this exciting time. We continue to use Google Classroom on a daily basis for our classroom agenda, daily blog, and for many class announcements and assignments.

Please check Google Classroom regularly with your child to see what’s going on in our Classroom!

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ROOM 214 …

Last week, we finished our presenting our ‘All About Me’ media project. Students were asked to complete a media slideshow that incorporated important information about themselves (favourites, family, activities, etc.) to share with the class. The products (slideshow) and presentations were outstanding! The level of oral presentations for early in the year was beyond my expectations. Students spoke clearly, openly, and with confidence. They used appropriate body language, gestures, and made eye contact with the audience. Well done! Marks for media and oral communication are posted in Google Classroom for this projects (along with the rubric listing success criteria). If you haven’t seen it, ask your child to share it with you.

This week, students signed up for a self-paced online reading program called Read Theory. Students sign up and complete a reading and comprehension pre-test to determine their beginning level for the program. Following the pre-test, students complete individual quizzes to move through the program at their own pace. Depending on the achievement at each level, students move at their own pace or level through the program. This ensures that the passages are appropriate for the student (not too hard and not too easy). The program has also introduced a ‘ Knowledge Points’ incentive to encourage students to read more, try their best, and achieve new levels and goals. These points have no reflection on individual reading levels and are awarded to kids who take the time to read more and answer to the best of their ability. The kids love this part and are eager to level up and gain more points. I have been pleased to report that many students are eager to do this activity and even do extra levels on their own time at home!

For homework each night, students are still encouraged to read at least 20 – 30 minutes. Read Theory could be an excellent way to do this. Other options that we have explored are, Tumblebook Cloud, Epic (only works at school), and good old-fashioned books (of course).

Next week, we will begin our first novel study, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. We will continue to learn about prejudice and discrimination and just how important our rights are and our need to protect them. The novel, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, is a historical fiction story based on real-world events as seen through the naive eyes of a fictional German boy, nine-year-old Bruno. Beginning in 1938, through the events of the Holocaust, this story reminds us of the dangers of prejudice, discrimination, and hatred, while also celebrating the kindness and love that is inside all of our hearts. Later in the term, we will be watching the movie, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and making comparisons to the novel.

This novel is appropriately rated for the students but can stir up some deep questions and emotions regarding the ‘How?’ and ‘Why?’ of discrimination and prejudice during World War II and the Holocaust. Asking your child about the story and encouraging conversations about what they are learning at school can help them process and understand this difficult, but necessary topic.

As always, please feel free to contact me at any time should you have any questions.

Thank you for the honour and privilege of working with your child!
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Mrs. Key

Happy Husky Games

7A Fun at the Husky Games

On October the 4th, all students from grades 7 – 12 participated in our second annual Husky Games. Participating as a homeroom, the purpose of the day was to get to know your class, cooperate as a group, and have some fun! It was a gorgeous day filled with charades, tug of war, giant Jenga, and many other fun challenges.

During the week leading up to the games, our homeroom participated in daily challenges including, Northwestern trivia, homeroom selfie, homeroom flag, and a music/song trivia challenge. 

Thanks to everyone for making this a memorable day!

Homeroom Flag

 

 

Welcome to Northwestern!

keep calm and welcome back

On Wednesday, August 30th, we will be holding our annual Grade 7 and Grade 9 Open House/Orientation BBQ. This is a great day to tour the school, meet your teachers, and get to know what life is like in Huskie Territory! Did I mention that there will be food?

What:  Grade 7 & 9 Open House & Orientation BBQ

Where: Stratford Northwestern (gym and courtyard across from the office)

When: Wednesday, August 30th – 12:30 – 1:30p.m.

Why: To find out how awesome it is @ Northwestern!

Can’t wait to see you there!  🙂

 

Building Connections – Effective Teaching Strategies and Learning Environments

I absolutely love this chart! Someone photocopied it and shared it with me a few years back (many thanks, whoever you were) and I have had it posted in my classroom since. My piece of paper was getting a little bit ‘ratty’, so I decided to search out the source … and tada … I found it! What a great article to read … AND … I have the source!

Here it is …

Update from Mrs. Key

Here we go … it is hard to believe that we have blown through almost three months of the new school year and are quickly approaching the end of 2016!  Students continue to work hard to develop their character, learning skills, and to become caring and conscientious classroom citizens (good humans).


ipad-tech-image
We have managed to work through the initial ‘bugs’ and ‘glitches’ of the iPads and technology over the past months, and are becoming much more resilient in the face of adversity and new learning. We have learned to create, join, upload, convert, and communicate through this amazing device. The multiple opportunities for student-centred and differentiated assessment of learning is beyond belief! Students can type, speak, listen, and/or write to demonstrate their understanding of concepts!  Parents, thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate our way through this exciting time. We continue to use Google Classroom on a daily basis for our classroom agenda, daily blog, and for many class announcements and assignments. Student blogs have been created, and in the coming months, students will learn to customize, post, share, comment, and collaborate through their own personal blogs – cool!

Please check Google Classroom regularly with your son or daughter to see what’s going on in our Classroom!

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN ROOM 214 …
Through our classroom discussions and our current novel study, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, we will continue to learn about prejudice and discrimination and just how important our rights are and our need to protect them.  The novel, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, is a historical fiction story based on real world events as seen through the naive eyes of a fictional German boy, nine year old Bruno. Beginning in 1938, through the events of the Holocaust, this story reminds us of the dangers of prejudice, discrimination, and hatred, while also celebrating the kindness and love that is inside all of our hearts. During the week of November 21st to 25th, we will be watching the movie, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, and making comparisons to the novel. 

COMING UP NEXT …
Following our novel study, students will continue to learn more deeply about the historical movements and events that surrounded the Holocaust. We will take a ‘sensitive’ and age appropriate approach to the material and try to focus on the ‘big ideas’ instead of the individual horrors of the Holocaust. I have spoken to the students about the need for respect and understanding that images on the internet about the Holocaust involved real people and families. It is important that we do not focus on or sensationalize these graphic images and respect the dignity of those involved. In many ways, this takes the stress and burden off of the students while encouraging them to be informed and educated on a very important event that has forever changed our world and how we view it.

diary-of-anne-frank
We will watch the BBC mini-series, The Diary of Anne Frank. I have chosen this particular mini-series as I believe it to be one of the most accurate and appropriate for our students. As we watch the mini-series, we will complete a series of visual journals through which we will record our thoughts, emotions, and reactions in visual form (pictures/words). The story of Anne Frank is one that I believe all students should understand and know. Following the mini-series, we will complete an Anne Frank WebQuest, through which we will learn more detail about her life and the times.

rights-of-a-childIndividually, or with a partner, each student will complete a project that will help them to develop a deeper understanding of human/children’s rights and how frequently these rights are being violated around the world. The big idea of child-like innocence during difficult times can be a profound concept for young people. Although a daunting task, learning lessons about the importance of kindness and love to combat hate, prejudice, and discrimination is essential for this next generation of world change makers. We will continue to engage in daily discussions through which we will deconstruct and reflect upon these emotionally stirring events in history. It is only through learning and promoting a deeper understanding of tragedies of the past, that we can move forward to ensure that atrocities like the Holocaust do not occur again. From events in history, current world events and conflicts, to social justice issues in our community and school, our goal is to educate each other of the importance of taking a stand for what is right and to show acceptance and love for everyone.

thank-you-kittyThank you for the honour and privilege of working with your child!
flower-smiley
Mrs. Key