Our novel for this summer explores the issues around social class and privilege. We are wanting to learn more about ourselves, our society and understand those who are different from us. Yesterday in class, we did an activity exploring our personal privilege and then had a circle discussion around how the questions made us feel. Students learned how to navigate difficult and uncomfortable conversations.
This week, the TAS ECC Summer Program students are learning all about plants and their different parts. One of the ways we are doing this is through practicing Garden Yoga! Garden Yoga (or other forms of yoga) helps the students to increase their body awareness and mindfulness. Practicing Garden Yoga also enhances their concentration as well as developing their strength and flexibility. It’s such a healthy way to learn! Maybe you can try some of the Garden Yoga techniques at home with your students! Please ask the students to show you any of the poses they can remember. Thanks!
What’s better way to spend the summer than enjoying some wonderful time in a swimming pool? Our MSHS students and teachers were doing just that during their Community Time yesterday afternoon. Besides a free swim in TAS large swimming pool, they were also playing some water games, including handball. How exciting was that!
Chair drumming involves turning our Music classroom chairs into mini-drum kits. Our mini-drum kits consist of a kick drum, snare drum, and hi-hat cymbals. These are great for developing rhythm, pulse and coordination for our first-time drummers! One of the most interesting parts about music is how much it relates to Math. For instance, what is rhythm except a pattern of sounds? This can then be adapted to teach all types of other Math-related lessons. Cool!
Today, we used our engineering skills to build three houses made of paper, sticks, and blocks; similar to the story “The Three Little Pigs”. They were put to the test as “The Big Bad Wolf” came to blow our houses down! Were they strong enough to handle his mighty blow? Well, the only way to find the answer was to run an experiment! Check out the photos and see what type of results were found during our experiments.
This activity is another example of the Scientific Method at use here in the ES Summer Program. Experimenting and using the Scientific Method is an important learning experience that a student can use for the rest of their lives. Try – Fail – Try again. That is what life is all about!
TAS Summer Program 2020 was designed to not only bring an enjoyable time to students, but also teach them lots of knowledge and skills for future growth. For MSHS students, even Math class could be fun and informative. The class started with a game called Coded Counting, in which some digits were substituted with a sound or an activity, and students had to count to as high as they could.
The class proceeded to the main task for students, which was Proving or Disproving fake news. Each team had one fake news or fake concept to prepare a presentation, simulation, or experiment about, and then to present to other students and teacher. The topics they did were: COVID-19 is the same as the flu, The Earth is flat, King James would be a billionaire if he put a dollar in his bank account, Trees get their mass from the sun, The sky is blue.
Yesterday morning, July 13, 2020, MSHS students engaged in two exciting team challenges during PE Class: Tic Tac Toe Relay and Beaches, Bridges, and Boats. These two games tested the students team work, agility and flexibility. The games also focused on developing basic skills for students, such as Chasing and Fleeing, and they can be played in a gym or outdoors. Students definitely had a great time with these physical activities.
The TAS ECC Department is not a collection of individuals, but instead, a Community of Learners. We believe it is essential for the educational development of these young students to have ample opportunity to play and learn together. One of the ways we do this is by using small groups and rotating learning centers. Here are some photos from one of our recent small group activities that was focusing on the development of fine-motor skills! Check it out!
During this Grade 7 literacy class, the students were studying the book “The Phantom Tollbooth”. The book is about a boy named Milo who doesn’t like learning. However, he goes on a magical journey where he learns to love learning. This was such a meaningful book to our students, and they could learn many things from the journey of Milo.
This afternoon, Grade 7/8 students were doing a team building exercise in the Literacy Class of Mr. Aaron Rangoonwala. The lesson was Positive Self talk to affirm how students are growing as learners and affirm their peers. It was such a meaningful lesson for both the students and teacher.