Monday, December 20, 2010

Ambassador - Blogging

In 2010 I have been an ambassador for Pt England School.  My role has been to talk about my learning to hundreds of visitors who have come to our school from all over the country and around the world.

This video shows you what I had to say about how Blogging helps us learn - and is fun

This is the transcript of my presentation:

There is one way that we ALL can share our learning with the world and that is through blogging. 

At this school every class has a blog of their own, and in 4 classes every student in the class also has their own blog.  That means we have about 150 blogs at Pt England!  

 Through the Manaiakalani Project our teachers have figured out ways to make sure that we all can participate in this and still keep safe while we are online. If you are interested in that you can ask Mrs Burt later.

I am going to tell you about blogging in our classes and then a bit about my own blog.  

Blogging is really important because it helps us get better at literacy, especially reading and writing and listening. 
 And for those of us who get to record our voice on our blogs, it helps us get better at speaking too.  If you don't believe me, you can check this for yourself by choosing one student and looking at their work at the beginning of the year and comparing it with the work at the end of the year.

If you look through our class blogs you will see that everyone of them is about sharing the things we have been learning, and that lots of us use our blogs to share our writing. Blogging is a great way to share your writing and the latest things that have happened. 

 In some junior classes you will see the teachers type up the children's stories and publish them along with pictures they have drawn about the stories. 

 In many classes we publish our stories by recording them in front of a camera and then we post them. 

 In lots of classes we make animations and movies out of our writing to share on the blogs. There are lots of cool ways to share your work.

Kids at school have a lot of fun blogging. It even helps to improve your spelling and typing skills! One important part of blogging is leaving comments to give people feedback about what they have posted.  You can go back and look at the comments from your readers and see what they have suggested you can do to improve. The
one thing I like most about blogging is reading my comments. Sometimes I'm lucky enough to have comments from different countries.

I started blogging last year when I was in Miss Squires class, and I have enjoyed it ever since.    Last year my blog was nominated for the Best Student Blog award and I came 4th - all the winners were Americans.  I write a lot of my posts in class but sometimes I think of stories at home. Fortunately I don't have to remember them until the next day at school, because I can easily access my blog from our home computer. Sometimes I type my posts directly into the blog, sometimes I write them on a Google Doc first and copy and paste them into the blog when they have been edited.  Sometimes I write them in my writing book and type them up later when a computer is free.  My favourite things to write about are my own made up fantasies. I like to be creative with my writing and try to hook my readers.

Blogging is a privilege because you get to show more than your class what you've been up to. Everyone in the world can share your writing.  You also can write in the weekends and holidays if you have got things to say.
Not only can the world see your work, but I can enjoy reading it over and over again.
Why don't you check out our blogs - and make some kids smile by leaving us
your comments!

Minister Heatley speaking to us after we gave our presentation.

Minister of Housing, Phil Heatley, was one of the people we presented to this year.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

2010 has been a THRILLING year. Though I found a few things difficult, the rest was still awesome! I think that I’ve done a good amount of work this year and that I have done well. The rest of my writing will explain to you why.

Firstly, writing. I figure I did pretty good with it. My motivation, is that I would like to be an author in the future. I reckon I’m a slow writer, when Miss Garden tells us things I take time to process it all.

To be honest, I’m not a fan of Maths. I guess I didn’t do as good as I could have. For me, the strategies were quite difficult. Because when ever I thought I’d learnt how to do it properly, we would move on to another strategy. Maths is the one subject that I would REALLY like to improve on.

My MAIN motivation for this year was Prize-giving. It was AMAZING! I REALLY liked our ambassador prizes. I also love receiving lolly leis (Though I’m not sure where they disappear to).

Camp Bentzon was a HUGE highlight for me. It was the first time I had seen dolphins, stingrays, wallabies, jellyfish and a gummy shark! Though it was a bit frightening, the camp was SENSATIONAL!!! Another exhilarating bit was studying Active Earth. I really liked our projects. I think my booklet looks impressive.

So there you have it, the main reasons why I thought my year was thrilling! 2011, here I come!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

One Well-Crafted Film

Crystal Clear from KPE TV on Vimeo.

This year I teamed up with Angela and Mubasshira to produce the well-crafted movie above.
It took a lot of practices and brains to create this fantastic film. The song we chose was: "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", by Pat Benetar.
We had a lot of fun in the making of this movie. We hope to soon see your movies. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the movie.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Me Myself and Time

I imagine myself in my own little world. Where there's only me, myself and time. My mood controls the weather. Every thing smells like strawberries. Except for one little pink house. I don't know why it's there though. I want to give it a makeover. Make it all sparkly and pink. But I don't know what's in it. I never have. I wonder if anyone else has their own world. I wonder if it all smells like strawberries. I wonder...