Last June, Mrs. Hamelin retired from the library at Bayview School after a 30 year career, most of it in the library. For the last two years I have been part-time librarian with Mrs. Hamelin, and the rest of my time was as a primary planning time teacher. I am very excited to be Bayview School’s full-time librarian this year.
On April 3, all the Grade 1-3 classes walked to the Midland Cultural Centre to see a performance of Victory Quest, by Duo Percussion presentd by the Brookside Music Association. Brendan and Dave charmed children and adults alilke with their journey through an imaginary video game quest. On the way, they introduced percussion instruments from around the world, and performed a variety of musical styles ranging from classical and jazz to popular music. The duo shine most brightly when performing as a vibraphone duo and the children were all excited by their closing number, a vibraphone rendition of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep. In my 20 years teaching, this is one of the best programs geared ‘for school-aged children’ that I have seen.
After we got back to school, my grade 2/3 social studies class and I wrote a letter to Brennan and Dave of Duo Percussion.
Grade 2-3 Class
Bayview Public School
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Dear Brennan and Dave:
We saw you performing Victory Quest at the Midland Cultural Centre today. We enjoyed the Mario music at the start of the show. We all enjoyed the last song, Rolling in the Deep. Mr. McGaughey likes how you told an adventure story while showcasing a variety of musical styles and instruments. We also enjoyed the Harry Potter theme.
We have a few questions for you.
What do you like the most about being a professional musician?
How do you tell the difference between crash cymbals and ride cymbals?
How long did it take to learn how to be a professional percussionist?
Do you ever get scared on stage?
Thank you again for your wonderful show this afternoon.
Mr. McGaughey with Ms. Graham’s Grade 2-3 class.
Last week a package arrived for us from Duo Percussion containing answers to our questions, postcards, a signed glossy photo, and enough Duo Percussion stickers for everyone in the class. Thank you, Brennan and Dave.
In my grade 2 science classes, I have been teaching about the three phases of matter: solid, liquids and gases, and how to change the state of the matter between them.
The past two weeks have been very cold in Midland. One afternoon when it was abou -20C, I conducted a demonstration with several of my classes.
While the children watched from the window, I took a kettle of boiling water outdoors and tossed it into the air. The near boiling water began to turn into steam and immediately flash froze in a puff of white steam and ice crystals. For it to work you need a very cold day (below -20C and very hot, almost boiling water).
*Caution: Don’t try this without an adult. You could scald yourself with the boiling water before it freezes. Be careful that the wind is not blowing back towards you.
Each year, Ms. Young asks her grade 8 students to write children’s books to give as Christmas gifts to children in the hospital or at the Rosewood shelter.
During our weekly computer classes, students are going to adapt those stories into an interactive “Choose Your Own Adventure” type story using powerpoint. They will also use Smart Ideas to help them plan and outline their stories.
Here is a draft version of the assignment prepared by Mr. McGaughey and Ms. Young
ASSIGNMENT: Use SMARTideas and Powerpoint to create a choose your own adventure style story.
Smart Ideas: Use an outliner and brainstorming to create a plan, define a problem and organize your thoughts.
Powerpoint: Gain confidence in using powerpoint to create slides using multimedia, transitions, hyperlinks.
Language Arts: Write a Narrative children’s story in a non-linear style.
Due Date: December 2013
Preparation time: Once weekly with Mr. McGaughey and maybe more if Ms Young books the laptops.
Creates an outline of the story and choices using SMARTideas. Should include at least 3-10 parts/choices.
Writes the full story using power point. Try to include– Prose (Words) , clip art, audio clips and transitions.
The grade 7/8 class is creating digital stories to educate and inform others about social issues. In my weekly lessons with the class we have been discussing ‘What is digital storytelling?’ and the tools they can use to make them.
Learning Goal: Students will apply the creative process to publish a multimedia work in order to educate and inform their chosen audience about a social issue linked to their grade curriculum.
Oct 29: We watched videos about what is digital storytelling.
The primary tools the students will be Smart Ideas and Microsoft Photo Story.