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Passing the TORCH … our hopes and dreams for NEXT year’s Grade Threes!

Posted by on June 28, 2013

This has not been a TYPICAL end to the school year. We’ve lost SEVERAL school days to SEVERE flooding in our city and province. We are feeling SO badly for all the people who have been affected by the flooding. We WEREN’T even SURE if we would GET to this, but we did … so … here are our hopes AND dreams for NEXT year’s Grade Threes:

Before we sign off for the year, we would love to say THANK YOU to ALL our AMAZING readers. You have given us an AUTHENTIC audience to write for. You have PUSHED our learning DEEPER by leaving COMMENTS and pushing our thinking. We have LOVED learning with a GLOBAL audience.

We’re feeling a little badly that we haven’t replied to some of the amazing comments left on our blog lately. It has been VERY important for us to reply to each and EVERY comment left by our faithful readers throughout the year. Please forgive us … the extreme flooding shut our city down for several days … and … the city/province STILL has a long journey ahead. Know that your comments have been a VALUABLE part of our learning journey this year. Who knows … maybe SOME of the Battalion Hawk Bloggers will reply to some of these comments during their summer break!

We wonder:

  • did we MISS anything IMPORTANT from this list of hopes and dreams?
  • will YOU keep checking back? We sure HOPE so because even though we are moving on to Grade FOUR … we know that MANY of us will continue to check back on the journey … and … maybe even leave a COMMENT or two!

12 Responses to Passing the TORCH … our hopes and dreams for NEXT year’s Grade Threes!

  1. Elisa Waingort

    Dear Grade 3’s,
    As I sit at my desk trying to get some work done for my doctoral project, since I am finally on vacation, I want to send good thoughts to you, your families and the entire city of Calgary. Please stay safe. You are in good hands with Mayor Nenshi.

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Elisa!

      Thank you so much for your kind words. It has certainly been a strange year end for all of us. We are feeling so badly for the many people who have been affected by the flooding … and hopefully many of us will find the time to support them now that summer vacation has begun. You are right. We are in AMAZING hands with Mayor Nenshi!

      Laurie (on behalf of the Battalion Hawk Bloggers) ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ross Mannell

    Hello Battalion Hawk Bloggers,

    There are times when nature reminds us we are merely another species on our living world. No matter our plans or desires, circumstances can change. I have no doubt your readers will forgive the lack of time nature created for you. I suspect all of us have had unexpected delays in our lives.

    Thinking of passing the torch set my mind in motion. I wanted to share some thoughts with you one more timeโ€ฆ

    Enjoy your vacation and the new challenges awaiting you as you move to Grade 4.

    Ross Mannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • Laurie Renton

      Ross … this was just simply beautiful. It brought me to tears. As if the end of the year … and saying goodbye … passing your students, who you know are VERY ready for the next grade … wasn’t hard enough!

      You are so right. It really IS about SHARING the torch … a fire has been SHARED. I LOVE that thought.

      You have been SUCH a HUGE part of our learning journey for TWO years now. I feel SO blessed to have had our paths cross. You have absolutely earned your WINGS, Ross!

      I hope that some of the Battalion Hawk Bloggers take the time to read AND reply to some of the latest comments we were unable to get to! And, I truly LOVE the way that your name came up MANY times in their hopes and dreams for NEXT year’s bloggers!

      You have made a HUGE difference in our lives. Blessed is an UNDERstatement!

      Laurie ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ross Mannell

    Hi, Laurie.

    Minds can work in strange ways. Looking at a comment I had made on higher order thinking, I decided to write a post on a rarely used blog I had set up. It was an attempt to look at blog commenting and a possible link to Bloomโ€™s Taxonomy model. As an example, I referred to your blog.

    Hereโ€™s a linkโ€ฆ


    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Ross!

      What a GREAT surprise to wake up to this morning! I continue to check this blog, each and every day throughout the summer, even though students are off for their summer holidays. I do this for several reasons … first and foremost … I would hate to miss “approving” any message that a student or a reader may have left. Second, I can NOT believe how much “spam” can be generated each and every day. We have a couple of posts, in particular, that generate the majority of spam … I’ve tried making those posts “private” for several months, then “public” again. As soon as they are public … up starts the “spam” again. Ugh.

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading your “The Awakening of Thought Through Blogging – Bloom’s Taxonomy and Commenting” post for SO many reasons. I am relatively “new” to the classroom blogging “movement”. Last year, we really only BEGAN the process half way through the year, by the time approval and consent forms were all in place. So, essentially, it’s been 1 1/2 years. What an INCREDIBLE learning experience it’s been.

      Prior to beginning, we did a TON of exploring other classroom blogs. From there, we did a LOT of reflection on what it was that we liked about what we were seeing. For our purposes, our learning journey with our NGO and the work in Peru, helping to build a library in a small rural weaving village, it became quickly apparent that our blog would look quite different from many we saw. Ours was a “class” blog with a focus on sharing our “reflections and understanding” of this journey. The FUNNY thing, the UNEXPECTED thing, was how MUCH further the comment section of each post could take our “understanding” of these difficult concepts.

      Just like our learning with our NGO … and the “cultural iceberg” … the comment section had the potential to take us FAR below the surface … to the TRUE essence of understanding … further up the Bloom’s Taxonomy ladder. Right from the beginning, we KNEW the importance of replying to each and EVERY comment left on the blog. Little did we know, with our AMAZING interaction with you, that SO much on a blog could be missed if you DIDN’T take the time to read each of the comments and interactions taking place in this “interactive” section of the blog! Wow! WHAT a JOURNEY!

      You are SO right about the levels taking place. You have BLESSED us with pushing us deeper. It has been the time invested in deep and thoughtful commenting that has TRULY ignited curiosity … for each of us, each time we have interacted. I will NEVER forget, and will ALWAYS treasure this amazing interplay. Your recent tweet meant SO much to me: and MAY even end up somewhere on our classroom wall!

      Thank you, Ross. You have moved us beyond “praise” to “creating DEEPER meaning” each and EVER time we have shared our thoughts with one another. I owe you a HUGE heart-felt THANK YOU for being our “teacher on the OTHER side of the world”!

      I LOVE your classroom posters … and now have a particular love for ECHIDNAS … as do my students! Prior to this adventure, shockingly, many of us had never even HEARD of the “gentle echidna”. These lovely posters will ALSO make it onto the classroom walls.

      I look FORWARD to continuing this journey with you, Ross. We all feel BLESSED to know you.

      Laurie ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Jayden

    Hi Ms. Renton ๐Ÿ™‚ that video was amazing and now it feels like just yesterday was the last day of school. I also was wondering how your summer was going .well see you hopfully next year ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Jayden!

      What a LOVELY surprise to see your comment! I really loved the way the Animoto turned out as well … I think the way our thoughts come out as postcards and envelopes looks SO cool! You are right. The last day of school feels like it was just yesterday. I hope you’re having an AMAZING holiday so far! I will look forward to seeing you in September, Jayden, and hearing ALL about your adventures!


      Mrs. Renton ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Sheri Edwards

    Hi Laurie, I came to your blog via Lorraine’s Liebster Nomination! What an amazing time your students have had blogging and skyping with other schools. They are fortunate to have such a thoughtful teacher. Look at all the flags on your sidebar! You and your students have brought delight to many! Best of luck and blogging in you next school year!

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Sheri!

      Thank you SO much for leaving a comment! I felt truly blessed by Lorraine’s nomination … and thrilled to know that others are enjoying our blogging journey! I am relatively new to classroom blogging and I can NOT believe what blogging has taught us! What a powerful learning tool – connecting with the world has been such a powerful motivator. We’ve ALL learned so much through this process! I’m so glad you visited the class blog and left a comment for us! I can’t wait to see where blogging takes us THIS year!

      Laurie ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Rebecca

    Hi Mrs. Renton!

    It was really said leaving Battalion Park, but, I said I would check out the blog again… and here I am! Have the next years grade threes started school yet? If so… I hope there having a blast!!!
    ( I sure did! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Rebecca!

      What a lovely surprise! I am glad to see you’ve left a comment! The new Grade Threes begin school on Tuesday, September 3rd. Have you started back yet? I hope you keep checking back … we will miss you! I hope they have the blast that we had last year and I look forward to our new adventures!

      Mrs. Renton ๐Ÿ™‚

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