Mr. Bedley's Class News

November/December 2015

Wishing You The Best of Holidays and Happy New Year

Here's a look back at just a few piece of what our class was up to during November and December.

Un-Making to Understand

Students collaborated in teams to dissect a variety of items. Prior to and during the dissection, students used research skills for better understanding of each object. Finally, each team created items by recycling parts of their original object.

Adding to Our Digital Portfolio

Each Monday, students are provided time to add to their digital portfolio in Google Drive.
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Reading to Our TK Buddies

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Each year I look to honor Casey Strale and his family, a former Plaza Vista Student, who boldly faced the fight against cancer. We use this garden to talk about the importance of healthy living and how we can support others facing this fight. The items grown in the garden are to be sent to local food banks.
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Thanksgiving Feast to Celebrate Our Many Cultures

Thank you to the many parents who helped or donated food and/or time for our feast!
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Visit to Riley's Farm to Kick Off Our Colonial Era Studies

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Learning About Life in the 1600 & 1700's

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Physical Education

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Seeing Patterns in Math for Deeper Understanding

Along with almost daily quizzes to assess student progress in math we often use inquiry method to think about math more deeply. This lesson started off with this picture and the simple question "What patterns do you see?" and was followed by discussions about other paterns in math. We are focused on multiplication and division of decimals currently. Our next unit of study will be on area and volume.
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Show and Tell... In Math

Students regularly show their work on our walls during Gallery Learning. Another practice we use is called Coming to Consensus. During this students must show their work and justify how they solved each problem.

Showing How We Solve Math ... Projected for All to See

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Math Daily 5

Students regularly are involved in Math Daily 5 which includes work on problem-solving, critical thinking, analysis, number sense, mental math, math online, math games and more. During this time I meet one-on-one and in small groups for re-teaching and differentiation of instruction. I also use this time to check for mastery of each of the core 5th grade standards.

Writing Revisions

Students work in teams on their writing to revise the content for greater detail, add vocabulary, and make overall improvements. This is not a time we use to edit for spelling, punctuation, grammar but is purely focused on what students are communicating through their words.
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Thank You For all The Kind Gifts and Thoughts for my Birthday and the Holidays!

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Hour of Code - Teaching Our 3rd Grade Tech Buddies

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Connecting Learning - Talking Directly with the Experts

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Dead Explorer's Press Conference (Focused on Researching the Age of Exploration)

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Science Presentations

Students used a variety of different ways to demonstrate their understanding of the connection between life process and organ systems. They also examined and presented the potential problems if an organ system where not working correctly. Many students used the iPads we've received over the years through grants and from the PTA. Students gravitated towards several tools including Adobe Voice and ThingLink.
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Spreading Joy at Irvine City Hall

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Mayor Choi Thanking Us for Showing Kindness and Spreading Joy
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Caroling Digitally Across North America

We sang for students across North America from Canada and North Carolina to New York and California.

Closing Shots...

Grant Awarded to Plaza Vista!

Our 5th-grade team recently was selected to receive a grant of 3 class sets of Google Chromebooks. Only 30 classrooms across the district were selected. This means our classroom will be the first one-to-one device-to-student classrooms at Plaza Vista.

California Snowball Fight

Students enjoyed our quarter 2 responsibility reward "California Snowball Fight." It was a great last activity before the break.
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We Have Some Great Things Coming in Quarter 3!

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Parents' Corner

Along with teaching, I work as a community facilitator to help support teachers around the world through an online publication called Edutopia. It’s a great opportunity share to the world what we are doing here at Plaza Vista, as well as learn the most up-to-date strategies being used globally to improve student learning. I recently shared an article with a few other teachers that discussed questions parents should be asking their teachers. This is the continuation through the 19 most important questions parents should ask their child’s teacher.


* How are assessments designed to promote learning rather than simple measurement?

Assessments are deliberate and happen regularly. We assess to see where students are, how much they are growing and what we can do better to make sure they understand the content that is being taught and discussed in class. Research says frequent assessments help both teachers and students understand what areas need to be focused on in order to improve growth. So we assess with the hopes that we can improve our students and allow them to reach their utmost potential. Many of these assessments are used to inform me on the content area to support your child. I'm able to get the information on how to support their learning this way. Not all these assessments go towards their overall report card.


* What can I do to support literacy in my home?

There is so much you can do but it all starts with encouraging your child to read regularly. You can do this by buying books they are interested in or heading to the library and allowing them to choose. They should use the I PICK technique we teach in Daily 5 to choose their books as well. I would also encourage you to practice the strategies taught in class such as Infer and support with text and even making predictions. Stopping them at any time in their story and asking them "Who the story is about and what just happened?" goes a long way as well! Remember, if your child reads regularly they will become both better readers and better writers.