Wow, what a term we have had with lock down learning, then back to school, flexi time learning for literacy and maths, tech for the year 7 and 8s, and speeches for everyone, just to list a few things.
While a lot of things have been strange this term due to the Covid alert levels, we have still done a lot of learning.
This week for blogging I want you to reflect on your learning. What have you enjoyed? Have you made improvements in certain subjects? How do you know? What are you most proud of? What do you think you could have done better?
Last week you did a fantastic job of writing your odes to summer. I would like you to publish your ode on your blog so we can share them with the world. Please add some pictures to your post.
Although I didn’t write an ode to summer, here is my ode to Whakatane.
How I long to see
the lush, dense bush
that hugs the road to Rotoma .
How I long to feel
the moist blanket of humidity
which warms me through to my bones.
How I long to hear
the slap and splash of water
in Nan’s swimming pool.
Why must you be so far away?
I feel the pull of your warm arms
as winter creeps up on us.
Well winter is definitely upon us now. This weekend the temperatures really plummeted (minus 5 this morning), but we have had such beautiful days – cold but clear. I’m not usually a fan of winter as I really don’t like being cold, but this beautiful weather has helped me overcome my dislike of winter. It’s hard not to enjoy being out and about in beautiful sunshine with not a cloud in the sky. This weekend my whanau walked around Cape Wansborough and then did an 8km walk/bike along the Alps to Ocean cycle trail. When we were walking the A2O my son found this impressive piece of ice in a puddle:
This week I would like Team Tahi to blog about what they love to do in Winter – or alternatively, what you don’t like about winter. It would be great to see some images to go with your posts.
This term we have been focussing on learning about the water cycle and how this affects our planet and our lives. This week, for blogging, you are to write a post explaining what you have learned so far.
Well, I don’t know about you, but things are starting to feel a lot more normal. This weekend I was able to go to the hairdressers, something that was VERY overdue and I went out for brunch on Sunday with my husband. Prior to Covid-19 and the lock down, these were both things I took for granted. I think one of the biggest things I have learned during this whole crazy experience of lock down is how enjoyable little things, like getting your hair cut, are, and how I never appreciated them enough before. I would like you to share what you did over the last weekend, and tell us some of the activities that you are really happy to be able to do again now we are out of lock down. You could write this as a piece of prose or as a poem if you like – maybe an acrostic, or a haiku. For example:
My weekend was great
Getting rid of my grey hair
Makes me feel much better.
This week looks really interesting, as it is all about learning about schools around the world.
Here is the link to the instructions for this week. Week 6 instructions
Don’t forget to put your blog post onto the google form so others can see it. Here is the link
Google form link
It’s been a real shame that we have missed out on some of the student blogging challenge because of lock down. Here is this weeks challenge and it ties in nicely with what we were learning about in term 1.
Here is the link to the instructions Week 5 instructions
If you do this – don’t forget to add your post to the google form so other student bloggers can see your post and comment. Here is the link to the form GOOGLE FORM
Last night I started a new book by my favourite author – Alexander McCall Smith. I have read nearly all of his books. He tends to write series and my favourite series is the 44 Scotland Street series. He is a Scottish author and his books are very character driven. This means there is not a lot of action but you get to know the characters really well and their funny little quirks. I love that about his writing.
The book I started last night is called ‘The peppermint tea chronicles’ and I read only one chapter which is unusual for me normally, but because I have to wake up at 2am to give my husband his medication, I am getting quite tired. Anyway, the book started off with two characters, Angus and Domenica, a married couple, talking about how people need to be more humble and not so narcissistic (which means thinking very highly about oneself – sort of like a showoff).
I am looking forward to reading more tonight.
Here we go – the blogging challenge is finally here. Click on this link to take you to the instruction page – there is a lot so make sure you take time to read it. Week 1 student blogging challenge
This week is all about getting to know each other.
Team Tahi, I hope you have realised by now that I LOVE reading. I read every night, in fact if I don’t read I can’t get to sleep. This is a habit that my mum gave me because until I was 13 I had to go to bed at 7.30pm every night but I was allowed to read for half an hour. When I was young, I thought it was really unfair because all my friends were allowed to stay up and watch TV. However, as I got older I became very grateful as the books I read allowed me to escape into so many different worlds, much more than a TV programme or movie. (Don’t get me wrong – I do like TV).
My favourite book ever, and this is a very hard decision, is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I read it when I was in high school and it just captivated me. It’s all about lost love and tortured souls.
What I would like to see from Team Tahi this week, is a post about your favourite book. Sell it to us – tell us a brief run down of the plot (what happens), the main characters, what your favourite part is and why we should also read it. I look forward to reading your posts.