Fundraising

HI 🙂

 

Another update- Seeing as I want this event to be free of cost for the students, I will have to be creative with ways on which to fundraise to help support this idea!

I have been in contact with a local store who would be willing to make a bulk order of custom shirts that I can sell in order to help support the fundings that will be needed in order to help this vision come true!

I have designed a t-shirt that is simple and embodies the message I want to spread. This is the design below, FINGERS CROSSED if this idea gets approved, then I would love if anyone contacted me with regards to showing their support 🙂

 

(GET ON BOARD EMPOWERING YOUTH)

 

 

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Fundraising

HI 🙂

 

Another update- Seeing as I want this event to be free of cost for the students, I will have to be creative with ways on which to fundraise to help support this idea!

I have been in contact with a local store who would be willing to make a bulk order of custom shirts that I can sell in order to help support the fundings that will be needed in order to help this vision come true!

I have designed a t-shirt that is simple and embodies the message I want to spread. This is the design below, FINGERS CROSSED if this idea gets approved, then I would love if anyone contacted me with regards to showing their support 🙂

 

(GET ON BOARD EMPOWERING YOUTH)

 

 

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The Importance of Sport

The enhancement of physical and mental development of children is certainly the most important contribution of sports for children. “

 

I thought I should write a blog post explaining WHY I am wanting to create an event for students/ children/ honestly anyone- encouraging physical activity, and the importance of it! I was reading an article about the “Novak Djokovic Foundation” and it listed off so many great reasons as to why sport/ physical activity is important for children. I have placed the link at the end so please to check it out!

This article I was reading says it best that sport is “a powerful tool that breaks down all the barriers and helps us feel good about ourselves, both physically and mentally.”

Being a part of an organization, creates relationships. You become friends with individuals you may never have singled out before to form a bond with,  and it allows children to become comfortable with people of various ages (coaches, team-mates parents/ siblings etc…) This helps with children’s development of social behaviour, and brings together people from all over the world through a common interest.

https://novakdjokovicfoundation.org/the-importance-of-sports-for-children/

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The Importance of Sport

The enhancement of physical and mental development of children is certainly the most important contribution of sports for children. “

 

I thought I should write a blog post explaining WHY I am wanting to create an event for students/ children/ honestly anyone- encouraging physical activity, and the importance of it! I was reading an article about the “Novak Djokovic Foundation” and it listed off so many great reasons as to why sport/ physical activity is important for children. I have placed the link at the end so please to check it out!

This article I was reading says it best that sport is “a powerful tool that breaks down all the barriers and helps us feel good about ourselves, both physically and mentally.”

Being a part of an organization, creates relationships. You become friends with individuals you may never have singled out before to form a bond with,  and it allows children to become comfortable with people of various ages (coaches, team-mates parents/ siblings etc…) This helps with children’s development of social behaviour, and brings together people from all over the world through a common interest.

https://novakdjokovicfoundation.org/the-importance-of-sports-for-children/

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PROJECT “GET ON BOARD” update

 

I have been in contact with the founders of “get on board” from Ahousaht to see if they would be willing to “get on board” / team up to create an event to encourage physical activity in the community through surfing and skateboarding etc… in the local Sooke school district. My vision for this is to utilize the amazing resource that the people in the Sooke community have with the ocean being so close, to help promote physical activity for students.

I want students to get the opportunity to see what sport does for a community, and for not only physical health, but mental health as well. Sport reduces stress, and helps build positive self- esteem in children that is crucial to helping a student in school and in life.

I have been trying to contact a lot of Local artists on the Island who are passionate about positive imaging and empowering youth, to get involved in documenting this event as well as promoting it.

I have been talking with Local photographer Bryanna Bradley from Tofino who is a well known surf photographer, who says she would be interested in photographing this event if it happens, as well, she was willing to let me use some of her photographs to help promote this project. Some of her work is posted below.

The aim of this project is for it to be fully “non profit” so that the focus can be all about the children, so fortunately I have also contacted a media company who said that they would love to come and document the event free of charge 😀 (YAY!)

^^^^^^^^ Local, loves passion projects, and free of cost for this event! 🙂

More updates to come, but things are coming together SO well!!!!!!

 

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Assignments and Lit Circles

As I continue to dissect Faye Brownlie’s book Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses: A Unique Approach to Literature Circles, I have started to look at what assignments should people do when doing lit circles. If you are wondering how to set up lit circles, check out my earlier blogs.

Teachers try to have a journal component for lit circles. The amount of journal entries depend on the teacher, some teacher have students journal daily in class, others promote natural journal where students make notes/connections whenever there is a part of the book that resonates with the student. I am thinking of trying to do journals 3-4 times a week. My belief is that there is some flexibility where the teacher can try and bring in other comprehension strategies, assignments, and learning how to use multiple connections (text to self, text to text, text to world). Be sure to use scaffolding like in the table below

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Types of journals (these names will change depend where you are reading)

  • Double Entry Journal- set up in t-chart with one heading being “What happened” (quotations for older grades) and the other heading being “My Thinking.” This style of journal is one of the most traditional set ups that people see. It is a nice graphic organizer to help students write clear connections to text samples.

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  • Combination Journal- Students use sticky notes to mark points in the book that are significant. Students are to write down a direct reaction to the event/quote. This is more of a paragraph response compared to the split double entry journal.

 

  • Dialogue Journal- This journal method is where students reading the same book are paired together. Students then write responses to each other and have a back and fourth. Students connect to each others responses and elaborate further. This method can be tricky because some combinations of students just do not work together. I would personally try this as a one-of attempt to grow students’ writing but I would not use this as my main journal entry method.

 

Comprehension Activities: These are bigger assignments that are to happen every 2 weeks (according to Brownlie). These activities are to explore story structures further, story structures include: setting, characters, plot, and conflict. Students that are not reading the same book can do the same activity which leads to collaboration among students. It is important for students to know the purpose of each activity because this can help the students understand what to do. As anything with lit circles, it is important to model with the class to get the best results.

Here of some of the Activities from Brownlie’s book that I want to try:

Working with setting– this assignment looks into how settings affects the plot. Depending on the grade level the expectations will change for this assignment. As the grades get higher the more details needed for the answers. Questions to ask: Where? When? Why? Students are to pick scenes and write how the setting plays an element in the story.

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Character Chart- this is an in depth focus on one character. 1-make a T-chart 2-Pick a character 3- Pick three key characteristics about the character 4-Find two pieces of evidence for each characteristics.

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Speaking in Role: Talk Show Hot Seat- This is method is one I want to try the most in my class but it is the most challenging. First you will need to put students into teams (each team member has read the same book). This will be tricky because it is a group assignment and not all students might be keen to participate because there is some role play. Students in these teams will simulate a talk show where a “host” interviews key character from the book. Questions will need to be in depth and not yes or no answers. For assessment of this strategy students can write in role of the character to a prompt, this is open for the teacher to play around with.

 

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