It was with some sadness that the Neinsteins farewelled their role as this blog’s curators yesterday! We have absolutely loved the chance to share our learning stories with an already established audience. We have been excited by the collaboration and projects that have come from this week and we can’t wait to watch where in the world this blog goes from here!
We do have one last request for our “Flat Neinstein” who is currently at the Olympic Games in London and looking forward to going to the Paralympics shortly…
We want to bring Neinstein home by having him make short jumps from classroom to classroom back to Dunedin New Zealand… Would you be willing to post our mascot/logo in the form of an A4 piece of paper and share a little piece of your learning with us?
If so, could you please leave a comment below and the Neinsteins will be in touch…
I had so much fun at the Ukelele Jam on Friday. More than 400 children arrived at George Street Normal School ready to jam on their ukeleles together! It was a fantastic morning and I wish we could do that sort of thing more often. ukelele day
Thanks to Mrs Caldwell, our music teacher for organising the day!
Dear Ms B
This morning we took my Dad down to yachting and saw this sign that has been put up especially. We have won three gold medals in rowing at the Olympics and they are all from the South Island! I thought you would like it!
We have absolutely loved being a part of the Pass the Blog project and have especially enjoyed the feedback and suggestions from teachers from other places. THANKYOU!
Earlier this week, James and Ryan shared a draft of their news post. They got feedback and then went out and edited/ refined their first draft. If this was a written text it would be their second draft.
Ms B is really proud of the boys who worked through their lunch breaks to produce this text…
Shania is back with us after spending over 6 months in Dunedin and Auckland hospitals. More recently she has been in the Wilson Centre for rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Shania has returned to Dunedin and our School. She said that her favourite thing was coming home and seeing her cat, Felix.
Shania is usually back at school for 1 hour before morning tea.We love having her back learning with us.
The Neinsteins continue to use Skype to break down their classroom walls and reach out to experts, other classrooms and to explore the world.
This month they are learning with their friends from Broadlands School which is near Taupo. They are teaching the Neinsteins a waiata called Puti Puti. During their first skype session during Maori language week, James greeted Room 5 and shared his mihi. They then sang a waiata.
Room 5 replied with Ethan’s mihi and a waiata called Utaina. They then offered to teach the Neinsteins a waiata called “Puti Puti”. To top it off, Room 5 created this fantastic teaching video that the Neinsteins have used throughout the week to master the words.
Today, the Neinsteins skyped back into Room 5 at Broadlands. It felt like they were just calling friends! Room 5 showed the Neinsteins the actions to Puti Puti today and are once again going to put together a teaching video for them.
The Neinsteins can’t wait to video them performing Puti Puti so that Room 5 can see the amazing influence they have had on them!
Earlier this week we asked our readers to let us know what they are enjoying about the Olympics and how they think their teams will go. In maths today, we took the data and began graphing it.
Out first question was what Olympic sport are you most enjoying?
This graph shows us:
that swimming is the most popular event.
gymnastics and rowing are enjoyed equally as much.
the people who replied like many different sports. This shows how different people’s interests are.
We are learning to produce video texts as a way of sharing our news. Ms B was so excited when she found this video that the boys made during lunchtime. Please view it as a first draft and give them some valuable feedback… They have one very proud teacher who is hoping her neinsteins can develop their own next steps…
Can you, our readers help us to develop our Vlogging Skills by giving us feedback?
On Monday we began to tune into our new inquiry… We launched our cups of knowledge by sharing in a cup of water and thinking about water and how it fits in our daily lives. We have put a sample of our current knowledge into our cups and will add to them as we learn more. This term, we will watch our learning grow by asking ourselves “So What?” on a daily basis. Watch our cups of knowledge fill up and flow over…
I liked having time to think about what I think I know and think about what I don’t know. It was fun having time to present our cups of knowledge, drink water and take photos.
This year our inquiry is all about our planet and how its Spheres interact with each other. During the first half of the year, we acted like geologists. We went on field trips, interviewed volcanologists and investigated buildings and Second Beach.
This term we have begun to think about the water on our planet, after all
The Neinsteins are learning to share their news in video format instead of print this month. This has meant that we have had to learn a lot of technical skills as well as think about our purpose and audience. Today, after many technical issues we finally finished our first vlog. It is a little bit old as we are talking about something that we did last week but we have learnt heaps. Now we want our readers to help us by giving us feedback so that we can improve the Neinstein News.
What did you think of the opening ceremony at the Olympic Games? Did you go? Are you watching the games? We would love to know what you think of them.
The Olympics are a great way for strong and courageous athletes to show their talent off to the world and even earn prizes and gain world records.
Though fake, the Queen, Queen Elizabeth jumped from a helicopter in the opening ceremony. For some reason she was impersonated by a man. Was there not a woman who looks like the Queen prepared to jump out of a plane? Mr. Bean (Johnny English) was playing the one note over and over again, then the music stopped and he filled in by playing a solo on the piano.
We found out when we skyped Marc this morning that normal people were chosen to perform in the opening ceremony. Marc was of them. He is a friend of Mrs Caldwell’s and he took our flat mascot with him to the Olympic stadium.
All of the pre-dancers had a chance to audition and more than half made it into the dance sessions. It took more than a year to learn the steps with over 100 sessions taking around 45 minutes each to complete, but well worth it because the moves were almost automatic to the dancers.
So far some of the athletes have even beaten their PB (personal best ) by more than 2 seconds. The weights from weightlifting were very heavy and around 100kg. Some weightlifters could only carry for around half of the expected time. Though some failing but still chugging away this year’s olympics will be a very close one.
It was so exciting to see our Flat Neinstein not only at the opening ceremony but IN in it!
Flat Neinstein is our class logo/mascot.
He has been on an amazing, top secret adventure in the past week.You see, not only did he manage to make it to London in time for the Olympic Games… he actually rode in the pocket of one of the awesome performers!
Today we skyped with Marc at the start of the day and he told us all about the opening of the games and the many hours that he and the rest of the cast spent practising this. (Watch out for this post tomorrow!)
Neinstein will be off to a few games over the next week and will then be off to the Paralympics! How lucky is he?
We will be looking for hosts to look after Neinstein on his journey home. We hope that he can visit every continent and maybe a few islands in between! Let us know if you can help him get home in September!
To celebrate Maori language week, Room 9 went to a Marae called Araiteuru Marae to learn about the Maori culture and marae protocol. At the Marae, we did lots of fun things. Some of them brought us out of our comfort zone. Some things like the hongi. The hongi is when two people lightly touch noses. Translated into English, it means the breath of life. We had to hongi all of the staff there and so did the teachers. After that we sang the staff there sang a waita to us. Once we had both sang we got split into three groups and went off to do activates.
On the first activity we did, we all shared our Mihi
The Room 9 Einsteins are so excited to be a part of this global project and think it is so funny that the blog has literally been passed over the hill from Mosgiel to Dunedin in the South Island of New Zealand!
We are a class of 31 Year 5 and 6 students who absolutely love blogging and the audience feedback it provides. It is this feedback that really helps our learning because everything we share is “for real” and we take on board what suggestions people give to us.
We are about to start vlogging and think that we might share the beginnings of our journey here so that we can get some real help and advice.
In the meantime, here is a “window” to our classroom…