We are on day 2 of voting for the Canadian Family 8th Annual Teacher Awards.
I’ve had the opportunity to view each profile and I can say I’m proud to be among such amazing educators. There’s even another Peel Teacher Xochitl Lugo from The Valleys Sr. Public School in Mississauga #peelproud
Of course I really want you to vote for me but I also want you to do your research. I already feel as if I’ve won this award. Being nominated and then selected from hundreds of great candidates is amazing. But I’m not going to lie I would love to win the prize of $2500.00 for my school – Massey Street Public School.
So vote every day, please spread the word and share it with your family and friends. I would be ever so grateful for your support!
You can follow the excitement on twitter #CFTeacherAwards
Last week my colleague Michelle Philpot @K5_RP and I participated in another Peel 21st North Network Meeting. We had been asked to share about our experience with our Grade 5 Coding Club and the Makey Makey. Of course we said sure we love promoting our Coding Club #MasseyCodes but we kind of had that what did we just get into feeling as truth be told neither of us really know how to use the Makey Makey. No worries, we would get our coders to teach us.
In case you aren’t familiar with it, the Makey Makey is an invention kit which turns every day objects into keyboards. It can be really simple as hooking up a lime to it and playing Flappy Bird or using it to run your blender. It’s fun for all ages and a quick search on YouTube will open you up to the possibilities.
Anyway as time drew nearer for the North Network Meeting Michelle and I grew more nervous. How would we competently talk about this to our peers when we didn’t really get it ourselves. We then had the brilliant idea to bring along some of grade 5 experts and let them do the talking. The kids were excited and nervous and made us promise that they would use the Makey Makey but we would do the talking. Sounded like a great deal to us!
As it turned out only 1 of our students, was able to attend but we felt like he was the star of the event. His shyness over talking about it quickly fell away as he explained the how and why of the Makey Makey. He even shared his opinions about the Raspberry Pi and why he didn’t think it was a great Minecraft Server :)
It was a proud teaching moment for Michelle and I. We don’t teach grade 5. She’s Kindergarten, I’m grade 3 and neither of us our computer programmers or anything near that but we both recognized the importance of coding and bringing it to our students. It’s allowed many of our students to shine in a way that they don’t get to in their classrooms. They also problem solve together, collaborate together with laughing and a smile on their face the whole time. It’s pretty awesome to see!
J teaching all about the Makey Makey
Today was a proud moment in my teaching career. This year, I took on with one of my co-workers, Sarah Kelly, the Eco Club. We had very large shoes to fill as the teacher we took over for had retired the previous June and she had already implemented many great initiatives at our school. Sarah and I decided that it was time to promote those initiatives and add a few more of our own and go forward with Eco School Certification. We are so proud to announce that officially today we will be an Certified Eco School!. We are still waiting to hear our level of certification (bronze, silver, gold) but our goal with the kids this year was to reach the bronze level.
The best part of this year was the student engagement. We generally have a full house of students come out to our weekly meetings. On top of emptying blue bins they love to make posters, do weekly announcements, perform at assembly and share their Green Team messages with their peers. We started out as a grade 3-5 club but recently we have had grade 2 students asking us to join so of course we said sure. I like to feel that we are creating a culture in our school of individuals who care about our planet and are going to make significant steps to make it better.
Here’s a recap of some of our major campaigns this year:
-What Goes in the Blue Bin (December assembly, posters, announcements)
-Boomerang and Litter Less Lunch
-The Great Gulp (this was taken on by a student teacher at our school – amazing) the whole school drank tap water at the same time and then we used it to reinforce bringing a reusable water bottle
-Earth Hour and Lights off/Monitors Off campaign
-Spring school and city park clean up (Adopt-a-Park) we even did an ice storm clean up of the branches
I can’t wait to see what we come up with next year. We already have some great ideas brewing thanks to Tracy Appleton and our site assessor from Ontario Eco Schools.
The Green Team waiting for our Eco Schools Site Visit to being