Saturday, 29 March 2014

Finding out

 Post the spring break, we continued with our journey of  inquiry into conflict and resolution. We began by sharing our holiday conflict journal. Some of us had just one entry in our journal as we had managed not to have any conflict at home during the holidays. Bravo!!!

We played a small game to feel how it feels when people are involved in a conflict.

Post the game we understood how angry ...frustrated....agitated we felt while we were pushing against each other. As soon as they stopped pushing they felt relieved....happy and relaxed.

We watched the story of Seven blind mice to understand perspective.

We learnt that people see things differently. It depends on your age, your experiences whether you are sick, happy or sad, who you hang out with etc.To further understand that there is no right or wrong on how people see things we looked at optical illusions.

We concluded, that to reach an understanding we must understand that different people see things differently.
After reaching this understanding we reflected on our holiday journals and tried to think of the conflicts from the perceptive of the other person involved .


We role played different situations to see and understand different perspectives in a conflict. Here is a glimpse of one -

We used the bus stop strategy and went around different stations to write/draw what we thought the words:
- Communicate
- Negotiate
- Mediate
- Arbitrate and 
- Litigate meant

We learnt that these are strategies to resolve conflicts.

We have started working on building a conflict corner for our class. This corner will remind us of all the strategies and  steps we should take when in a conflict.
Stay tuned!!!!

During fun Math time, we explored the concept of time through different activities.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Sharing the Planet

This week we started out new unit under the theme -  Sharing the Planet.  We expressed our understanding of the theme by creating a picture that represented our understanding.

We began with thinking of situations that make us angry and how we react in our anger.

We then brainstormed about what we thought a conflict is and what are the different reasons that give rise to conflicts.

We took a step further and associated conflict with a color we thought it best represented.

Unfolding the central idea - Reaching a resolution during periods or moments of conflict is influenced by the actions and reactions of all involved.

In Math, we are learning about reading time on the analogue clock to the nearest minute.

During fun Math, we worked on our multiplication skills. We made our own multiplication number charts and played different brain teasers to test our  multiplication skills.

Trying to get 5 in a row

Multiplication brainteasers

Making our own multiplication grid

Competing with time to complete the  multiplication grid.

So proud of my students. Some of us achieved the goal we set out last week of reading 10 books by Dr Seuss. Those of us who didn't achieve the goal .... are striving to get there.

Some of us went further and got so inspired by Dr Seuss that we took action on our learning.