Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Week 6 update

Kia Ora Koutou Katoa,

Last week felt like a big one - it was only the second 5 day week since school started!

We had Mike Ogle in to talk about Blue Whales last week. He had some great slides, photos and an amazing recording of whale sounds - not to mention his phenomenal knowledge. The students were enthralled for a good hour and would have carried on asking him questions if there had been time. 

During the meet the teacher evening there were some really good questions about how to get the kids writing at home, particularly boys who might be reluctant to write and find reading and maths much more appealing. I'd say go for shorter tasks and give them the opportunity to feel successful early. One thing I like doing is list writing, here's a list of possible topics:

  • favourite toys
  • parts of a motorbike
  • favourite foods
  • hated foods
  • how to scare mum, dad, sister, brother etc
  • scary things
  • list of things to do on the ideal weekend
  • stuff I'd rather be doing if I didn't have to write a list
Also, making quizzes is a really popular activity. Take this quiz with your child to see if making a quiz is right for you.

Should You Create a Quiz - Quiz
  1. Do you like creating crazy questions?
  2. Do you like asking people to make choices?
  3. Do you like thinking up things for people to make decisions about?
  4. Do you like coming up with questions and a variety of answers?
  5. Do you like Quizzes?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions you will definitely enjoy creating your own quiz!

Mr M's guide to creating a quiz

Your quiz should have:
  • 5 - 10 interesting questions.
  • Appropriate format e.g., multiple-choice where you give the quizee several answers to choose from, a straight yes/no quiz or invent a scoring system.
  • Your quiz can be as silly or sensible as you like.
  • Don’t forget to include a scoring system
Good luck and rock on,
Mr M

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