Archive | March, 2018

I See You:)

29 Mar

Recently, I was fortunate enough to see/hear a guest speaker discussing the importance of stories in education.  Since this is a topic that is near and dear to the hearts of these sisters, she had me at the title.  As part of the talk, she included a piece about “I see you” and explained that in some cultures this phrase is used instead of “I love you.”  Interestingly, a quick Google search brought up many versions of this idea.  I guess that “I see you” is even the title of a song in the movie Avatar.  Since I am not the Sci. Fi. loving sister, I was unaware of this connection since I didn’t see the movie.  (My sister is probably horrified reading this confession.) 

The idea of someone looking at you and really seeing you should appeal to anyone.  In our current society with rampant technological communication, this is something that people are really missing.  Human beings are social creatures.  Decidedly some of us are more social than others but personal connections are still important to all.  Think of the expressions such as “looking deeply into your eyes” or the “eyes are the window of your soul”.  That type of theme is common in many cultures.  It is easy to assume that this is solely about romantic love especially given the myriad of media images around this topic.

Possibly even more important than being seen is the idea that the “looker” likes what they see.  

If you think about this idea in terms of a school setting, it really becomes all important.  Imagine how important this idea is for a child.  I know that the teachers that my child has connected with the most have been the ones who could share personal stories about her.  They knew some of her interests; they remembered ideas that she had shared with them; they saw her for herself.  She might not have articulated that she was being “seen” but it was evident in how she talked about them and how much she appreciated them.  She also worked harder for those teachers and gave them a little more respect.

I remember hearing an educator once say that what mattered most to parents was knowing that teachers knew their child and hoping that they liked them.  I think this is true of students as well.

It is easy with a class of thirty children; a very full curriculum; and organizational/behavioural concerns…to run out of time in the school day for any truly personal connections.  It could be argued that those personal connections, even if it just means a few minutes here and there, could improve those working conditions for everyone.  It certainly isn’t going to hurt the situation.

Never underestimate the power of being seen. 

Since our freebie is totally unrelated to the blog topic, we will connect it with a simple “We see you.”  Hopefully, this will help you free up some time to make those personal connections.

Please let us know if you notice any errors or omissions. You can download the file here:

EQAO Algebra Task Cards Brownlee and Belanger

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Symmetry Interactive Notebook

13 Mar

January and February felt like the same as always. Very long and very stressful. Then, March arrived and it seemed like Spring was truly on the way. Whammo! One last hurrah at winter. Another day with barely half a class and the sad knowledge that you will get to teach the same lesson twice. Sigh. At least, the incredibly fast meltdown brings a bit of happiness … as well as mud and blacktop recess. Feeling like we’re back to the “fortunately/unfortunately…” post:-)

Guess what we are saying is that we are just doing our best to hang on until March Break! This year, we plan to vacation with our families together in a warmer climate. Our children are very excited about the prospect of being together for a week – which they could have done at home as well but, at least they’ll have better weather! Whatever you have planned for your break, take some time for yourself and relax. To help you further decompress, we have you covered with another freebie. Enjoy.

 

The following freebie is an interactive notebook entry on symmetry. Our expectation is that students are able to sort polygons by lines of symmetry as well as rotational symmetry.

You can find this file on our downloads page or you can download a copy here:

Symmetry INB Brownlee and Belangerr