Nova Scotia, you've got some beautiful nature goin' on! :)
WWF Wildlife Photo Contest
I would have entered three photos but after losing my hard drive saves, I can't find a high-resolution version of the third (or fourth) (the Facebook download doesn't cut it)! So, here are my two entries along with elephant-able and baboon-ular mentions!
While I certainly don't think I'm a solid contender, I do want these photos to be seen. They captured some incredible moments in my life - incredible moments that reminded me this is a shared planet and we really have to appreciate and respect that. ...And we really have to save that.
Wish me luck! :)
Maldives...wow...nothing short of incredible.
And also thank you to Camille and the team at Arena Beach Hotel for some of these awesome shots!
These photos only do this incredible place minimal justice:
A cruise through an abnormally clean Phnom Penh...
My Cambodia Adventures in 2017 (so far) in photos:
Pete the Cat & Pop See Ko
The first half of my 2016/17 has already brought about two opportunities to show my appreciation for books/childrens' icons. First, we had Book Week in October and I (along with my TA, Nearÿ (who also dressed up!) and my tailor) created a Pete the Cat costume. I had a pair of white Nike Air Force Ones that I haven't been giving much wear so it was easy to choose which version of Pete I'd be. Nearÿ was Pete with his four groovy buttons. Obviously, we were a hit with the students (and teachers) and the extra effort paid off; I really do go all in/out (depending on where you're from) if I'm going to bother with a costume at all!
The second (not really) dress-up...well...impersontation...(?) opportunity came about with ISPP's Got Talent which took place just last week. The ELT (Elementary Leadership Team) filmed a 'Pop See Ko' video to show at the end of the talent show! As you can imagine, it was a riot making it and we're all pretty impressed with our end result...which was filmed in just one take.
I look forward to what 2017 will bring in terms of dress-up opportunities...I know I'm already excited about our 'Imagination' unit later in the year! :)
My trip to Myanmar in photos :)
The years fly by...
Wow...the post under this one is VERY old...another year began and finished followed by yet another year that's one week away from completion! And trust me, I've still been busy making videos...weekly...that attempted to give parents a glimpse into their students' learning and progress over time. We also trialed Blogger as a platform for student ePortfolios which involved individualized student learning videos...and not without headaches! Next year, we'll switch it up to using Storypark for our 'reporting'.
You can see all of the blogging action from our class blog this year at http://msmelindamackskgclass.blogspot.com/ and a few of my favourite videos below:
Another video highlight since my last post has been my daily update from Tanzania in June/July 2015. Students on the trip reflected on their daily experiences and a video compilation was posted so that parents could experience Tanzania with us... but from home! If you want to know what the Munich International School Tanzania Project is all about, then check this out... Link coming soon!
Another school year has begun and I've continued to capture the students in action in PE class with my trusty iPad! A weekly feature on the MIS PE Blog has been the "Learner Profile Athlete of the Week" which recognizes outstanding efforts by students in PE class. After having several students in my past few years of teaching PE excel in the gym but not in the classroom, I saw this as an opportunity to recognize and motivate students who may struggle academically to shine. Of course, there are also students who receive this award that are very talented both in the classroom as well but a little extra motivation never hurt anyone, did it?
And before I launched this initiative, I only felt it fair to have examples of students demonstrating the IB Learner Profile in action in PE. I spoke with the students at the beginning of the year about what the different learner profile words mean and you can check out their responses below! :)
PE LP Balanced
With access to iPads in our department, it's so great to be able to film and create videos for the students to see themselves in action but also for their parents to see them in action if they have to be at work. Sports Days are always a highlight within the PE subject area and it's a great platform for students to demonstrate their learning and skills over the year. Below are three videos from our three Sports Days at MIS this year - Grade 3&4, Grade 1&2 and EC.
Grades 3&4 Sports Day Featuring MGMT - "Kids"
Grade 1&2 Sports Day Featuring Venga Boys - "We Like to Party"
EC Sports Day 2014 Featuring Pharrell - "Happy"
As a link to the classroom UoI "How the World Works", the Grade 3 students acted as explorers reading maps and taking photos of locations listed on their team maps. It was a fun, outdoors activity for them!
Grade 3 Adventure Challenge Exploring Featuring Pharrell - "Come Get it Bae"
"Donkey Kong" is a really fun game that all of my students enjoy. It was created by my colleague, Dan Harcock and it's great for combining classes and getting them working really hard - I mean you always want that, right? Check it out below with tidbits of instructions on how it works! :)
In May of 2014, I attended a PYP Job-A-Like session for PE teachers at Vienna International School. It was awesome and like a mini ECIS Conference styled PD that lasted for the day. I volunteered to film and put together a video for everyone in attendance to share with their colleagues, but also for me to share with my own colleagues. Little did I know that this would prove to be a challenging job with a lot of video footage to combine, along with some explanations for the activities we shared. I did get it done after a few days and here is the final result!
My fascination with technology keeps me motivated to try new things and to record student learning in interesting ways. Below, Grade 1 students complete a scavenger hunt and then an iPad photo challenge as part of their Adventure Challenge unit. We're really looking to get on the QR Code Scavenger Hunt Train when we have our class sets of iPads!
This year's first unit of inquiry for third graders was all about 'Conflict Resolution' which set up a great link for PE - cooperation is key and resolution is quick in our 55 minute PE classes. For 5 weeks, we played games and then discussed the conflict that arose when we were playing. Students suggested ways to improve games so that conflict is reduced or eliminated and strategies to resolve any issues were discussed.
Volunteering to travel as a chaperone to Tanzania with the MIS Tanzania Projects Group has given me the opportunity of a lifetime to discover Africa...and to ensure I go back one day. The "Tanzania" video clip captures some of the incredible moments I got to experience while in Tanzania for 16 days with 24 Grade 10 and 11 students in the summer of 2013. You can also check out my blog for more information and recounts of the days I spent in this incredible country.
My various involvement in events, teams and committees at MIS has allowed me the opportunity to get to know students and staff across the entire school - which is no easy feat. Through the Intercultural Awareness Committee, I've had the chance to work with colleagues to record, edit and produce short video clips/films documenting different aspects of life at MIS - these videos can be seen below with the most recent at top having been made October 24th, 2013.
EC Sports Day happens once a year at MIS and do the kids ever love it! I made this video after sports day last year and the students were begging to see it again and again - I'm excited for their reactions again this year!
It's fun to experiment with different ways of showing student learning and progress - the Apple iMovie 'Film Trailer' was a definite crowd pleaser!
This was one of my first ever Apple iMovie projects - I was a loyal PC and Windows MovieMaker user up until working at MIS. The video is quite self-explanatory as to what's happening but I was proud of the students and the footage gathered for this summative assessment task; this is a unit the Grade 2s (now Grade 4s) still talk about!