Wednesday, January 27, 2016

You've Won!

Hello my trusty Grade 6/7s!

I thought I would do something a little different this week:

Pretend you are winning an award for doing outstanding work at school (congratulations by the way!).  Write an acceptance speech thanking everyone who helped you be a good student.  Don't forget to add in some advice for future students on what it takes to be successful.  Your acceptance speech should be approximately one paragraph long.

To get an idea of what an acceptance speech could look like - view the video below.

Remember the rules for posting information to the web:

NEVER post any personal information and use only first names please. 
-  Put the question in your answer and always write using full sentences.
- Proofread your work (watch your spelling and grammar) before you post it.
- Keep it appropriate for school.
- Have fun and be creative!

I'm looking forward to reading your answers!

Mr. Boettger  :-)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Surface Area

Here is a quick review of how to find the surface area of a box (Remember: You have a quiz tomorrow).  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Mr. Boettger  :-)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Genius Hour Assignment

Your job this week is a simple one. Complete your "Genius Hour" assignment (see our Google Classroom) during your blogging time as well as, get caught up on anything that you have not completed. Don't forget to "turn in" your assignment please. 

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

What is Genius Hour?

Something exciting is happening in our Grade 6/7 class! Today I introduced the students to Genius Hour! For more information, visit the newsletter page to see the letter that was sent home.

What is Genius Hour?

Genius Hour is the research-based idea that people excel in learning about that which they are intrinsically motivated. In other words, if you want to learn about it, you will succeed in learning about it. If it is a topic or concept you are passionate about - especially if it is something you deeply care about - then your internal motivation will drive you to succeed in learning about it.

Daniel Pink, author of New York Time’s Bestseller Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, says that motivation is driven by three things:

1.  Autonomy (the desire to direct our own life)
2.  Mastery (the desire to get better and better at something that matters)
3.  Purpose (the desire to do things in service of something larger than ourselves)

If you are still curious about Genius Hour, feel free to watch some of the videos below.

It's imperative that we use our time wisely!

What is going to be your awesome?!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Desert Island Dilemma

If you knew you would be stranded on a desert island for 1 year, which 5 objects would you bring with you? Keep in mind that there is NO electricity on the island! Choose you objects carefully and then explain your choices in a brief paragraph. Don't forget to include a video/picture/link etc.

Once you have completed your selections and posted your explanation, read and respond to at least 5 peers.

When the above is completed, make sure you have posted your writing piece on whether or not the Guinness World Records are a waste of time. 

As always, I look forward to reading your responses!

Mr. Boettger  :-)