How Can We Share Our UNIQUENESS With the WORLD?
It’s the EIGHTH day into a BRAND new school year. We are busy building connections and relationships with one another in Grade Three. Already, it is EASY to see that this is going to be a MAGICAL learning journey. Inspired by Daniel Pink’s “What is Your Sentence?”, we’ve spent some time sharing our passions, our interests and our hobbies with one another. I began by sharing my Animoto on the first day of school. Next, I shared five personal treasures designed to give my students a deeper glimpse into the passions that make me me.
I challenged these eager eight year olds to gather their OWN treasures and, over the next few days, we shared, asked questions and began to learn even MORE about each of us as individuals. Sharing our passions and what makes us tick outside of school truly helped to round out our understanding of one another. Family photos, treasured art pieces, trophies and sporting medals, lego figures, pictures of beloved pets and favourite vacation spots … shell and rock collections … we have SO many similarities and differences. Together we will TRULY be AMAZING!
Next, we spent time thinking about our strengths and best qualities. Using our journals, we created personal webs of all the characteristics we admire about ourselves … traits that are strengths that we can share with our learning community, our school community and our world.
This was a truly inspiring experience to observe. It was EMPOWERING. Watching these amazing eight year olds eagerly record the personal qualities they were MOST proud of was goose bumpy. We sat and shared our number ONE trait with one another … and THAT’S when it hit us … we should WORDLE this! Selecting our top FIVE characteristics, we created our class Wordle:
Now we had DEFINITELY begun the first few days talking about curiosity and passion … but I was incredibly surprised to see that MANY members of our learning community had recorded it as a favourite personal trait! This is ALSO where I discovered that I was on another amazing learning journey ALREADY, as a “lead learner”! Creating a word document, I began placing hyphens between some of the two word phrases such as “hard worker” in order to keep them “together” within the Wordle. One eager student immediately piped up and said, “Mrs. Renton, LAST year we discovered that if you use the ~ key … it would keep the word connected withOUT leaving a dash between the words!” Yup … LEAD learner … that’s what I LOVE about teaching … I get to learn something new each and EVERY day!
Next, we each crafted juicy, interesting sentences about HOW we plan to share these amazing qualities with the world. We each chose our favourite sentence to share on our blog! Although this section is inspired by Daniel Pink and his “What is YOUR sentence”, we have written ours as “actions” rather than in “past tense”.
Our blog permission forms are ALL signed … we are READY to begin blogging and sharing our learning journey with the WORLD! We are SO excited to interact with a global audience … because … together we are STRONG!
- What is YOUR sentence?
- Do you have a unique quality you share with the world? If so, HOW do you share your gift?
- What five treasures would you share to tell people about what makes you you?