Thursday, November 17, 2011


I had a visitor this morning. I'm sure it was something on Mr. Hunt's calendar, but it came as a pleasant surprise to me. Mr. Patrick Bocking came to spend a bit of time with me this morning and a bit of time with me in the classrooms. Before our tour of the school we talked about a number of things, including observations I had to share about my brief time here at the school, programmes, utilization of space and most importantly, achievement of students. It was a nice visit and I can't believe that in our walk through the classes I did not have my camera with me to show some of his interactions with students. If you check out his blog, you will get a good sense of the man. I like him and I think that over time, he will be good for the District as a whole.

When we were in Ms. McAllister's class they were having quite a discussion about their recent field trip to Grouse mountain and quite a mind map was on the wall to flesh out the goals and activities. During the Q/A, Mr. Bocking shared with the students that when he was in Grade 2 and 3, he attended a school in North Vancouver where the gondola was within direct eyesight. It was a great connection.

Later when I spent some time in the classroom the students were working on a task which is aligned with our main goal for this year, working on the writing process. In this activity they were identifying questions to ask before reading, during reading, and after reading the story, Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson.

Perhaps you might to try this activity yourself with this story.

Until tomorrow...

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for keeping us up to date Bob :) It's nice to see what the kids are up to. Because of course when I ask 'What did you do at school today?', I don't hear about all this!
    Sue Cloherty