Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Kids need Passion

I just wrote a post for my students. It is hopefully going to light a fire under some of them. Spring fever has hit and school is not a priority. Perhaps in the near future something will come back.

Here is the post I gave them....

Learning is about passion.
Flickr attribution by Tyla'75

You need to have this passion to succeed in life. In recent weeks I have seen many of you get spring fever and lose your will to learn. Many of you are going goldfish,

not asking questions and just wanting answers. This passiveness needs to disappear and you need to rekindle your passion to learn.

We only have a few weeks left in school. Take everyday as an opportunity to find new things to learn and use this knowledge to succeed on your final assignments and exams.

Watch this video and listen to these Grade 5 students. They are part of a noon hour club in New York City. These kids have passion. They want to sing, learn be active in society. Watch their faces as they sing and the passion in their voices. The students have sung onstage with many performers and will be singing with Fleetwood Mac at Madison Square Gardens infront of 18 000 fans on June 11th.

Find your passion and succeed.


Monday, May 18, 2009

2minutes Final Instructions

Here is a post I have just given my students. The movie project is finally coming to an end. I hope that there are some films to share with my network. From how the kids are talking we should have a few to share.

Oscar Wagon by grebo guru

The time has come for you to have a completed video. So the logical question is now..... Where do I put it!

You must upload the video to

or There is a spmath login for both of these sites. The password is the same at both. Email me if you do not know the password. Please use it so that I can create a channel and keep all videos organized. Both sites allow HD uploading so please use youtube if possible.

Once you have your video uploaded please embed it at your blog. Create a post
  • Title ________ 2 Minutes to Make a Difference
  • In the body give a 2 to 3 sentence explanation of your video.
  • Embed your video
  • label your post in the usual way, name, 2minutes, spinquiry
Your movie is to be 2 minutes in length. I will give you an extra 30 seconds to add the credits at the end of the movie. The credits are important because it informs the viewing audience about your sources of music, photos and information.
Please make sure that you have added into your credits all information about
  1. photos
  2. music ..... make sure you have permission to use the music you are using. If you have asked for permission and no one has replied back use up to 30 seconds and you should not have too many issues with copywrite. Make sure you state in the credits that you asked for permission.
  3. websites Inform the viewing audience where you found your material. They could then go and learn more about the topic.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Last Movie Post

Here is the last post for the Grade 8 students on their Inquiry Project 2 Minutes to Make a Difference. It is posted at the Mathzone. The movies will be posted on a youtube channel and hopefully at itunes.

The last stages of your 2 Minutes to Make a Difference are almost over. You should be making your movie as we speak. The final deadline for your movie will be on May 20. On that day I need access to your movie, you can burn it to a cd or use a flash drive.

Your movie projects will be marked on the following criteria, Length of movie, script, do you make a difference, production quality, direction and credits. Here is the rubric that will be used to mark your movie.

The final part of the movie will be a day where we will watch all of the movies as a grade. On June 15 we will use periods 2 and 3 to screen the movies. You will have a chance to vote on the ones you liked the best. Following the screening you will be served lunch and we will have an awards ceremony during period 4.

Red Carpet by jeffbalke

This will be a great way to get ready for your math exam which will be on June 16th!! Be sure to study!!!!!

You have had many months to create these masterpieces. Please take time to finish them to a standard of excellence that will make you proud. Following the ceremony we will unveil your iTunes channel and youtube channel. You will be able to