Friday, 9 September 2016

Term Three - Kidsedchatnz Reflection and and feed forward


Kia ora,

The end of the term is fast approaching, so this week's chat is a reflection about Term Three and some feed forward for Term Four.

This week we will be asking you to reflect on your learning, and to share your thoughts about Kidsedchatnz.  One of this weeks questions will be answered using a google form which will provide us with some great feedback.




Questions:

  1. What was the most interesting thing that you have learned in Term Three?
  2. What are some of the challenges that you faced this term?
  3. Share one piece of work that you are really proud of from this term.
  4. What were your proudest moments as a learner this term?
  5. Thinking about your learning, what would you like to improve in Term Four?
  6. This question will be a link to a google form to provide us with feedback about Kidsedchatnz. I will tweet it out on the day.
  7. Think about a success you had in Term Three. What was the key to your success?
  8. If you could describe Term Three in 3 words, what would those words be?
  9. What are you and your whanau planning on doing during the school holidays?





Thursday, 1 September 2016

What else......

Kia ora,

Right across Aotearoa in every classroom children are busily engaged in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics learning.   This happens in every school and every classroom.  This week we are on a mission to find out 'What else' goes on in your wonderful schools!

So be prepared to share all the other awesome things that you do that make up your normal school day.

I can't wait to read all about these great things that makes your school day awesome!






Questions:

Q1: Tell us a little bit about your School.

Q2: During a normal school day what else do you do (apart from Reading, Writing, Maths)?

Q3: What is your favourite thing to do in class (apart from Reading, Writing, Maths)?

Q4: I love the video!  What makes your School awesome?

Q5: Does your school run clubs, groups etc?  Tell us about them.

Q6:  If you were able to add one more club or group, what would it be and why?

Q7: What cultural/sporting/music opportunities exist at your school?  Do you take part in them?

Q8: What school events take you out of your School grounds?




Thursday, 25 August 2016

Week 6 - Sharing your love of Writing

Kia ora Kidsedchatters,

Well recently I have been looking through all of our awesome Kidsedchatnz topics. It was inspirational looking at the great topics.  However, one thing struck me. Writing, we haven't had a chat dedicated just to writing in a wee while.

So this week we are chatting about your writing.  The work you produce either in class or at home.  I can't wait to hear and read about the brilliant writing that occurs in classrooms right across Aotearoa.

Before the chat watch the videos below. They are inspirational writers talking about their experiences when writing.











 Questions:

Q1: What is your class writing about at the moment?  What is your daily motivation?

Q2: What are your learning goals in writing at the moment?

Q3: How do you know when you have reached or met your writing goals?

Q4: What do you do when you are finding writing difficult? Are you able to solve it independently?

Q5: Do you agree with the quote from the first video "Inspiration is nonsense"?  Why or why not?

Q6: Share a piece of your writing.  This could be a doc, photo, or in a tweet.

Q7: What skills do you think a good writer needs to have?

Q8: What are your favourite topics to write about and why?

Q9: If you were to design a perfect writing lesson, what would it include and how would it motivate others?

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Sharing our interests & learning

Many times we limit ourselves because we fear what other people might think. The result is that we might not share things that we find interesting or even all the amazing things we have learnt.

Here is a great video to watch and to think about. Always remember that you are awesome!


Questions:

Q1. What are your interests, talents or passions?

Q2. Do you get to share about your interests in the classroom? How?

Q3. Do you enjoy sharing your interests/ learning with others? Why? Why not?

Q4. Who do you share your learning with? 

Q5. In what ways do you share your learning?

Q6. Share some learning right now... on twitter! Add a link, photo, write about it, anything you like.

Q7. Do you think it is important to share your learning with others? Why? Why not? 

Q8. What are the benefits for you, as the learner, when you share your learning? 

Q9. Share with us your most favourite app or online tool to share your learning. Why is it your favourite? 

Go and find a tweet to reply to. Start a conversation with someone new. Say "Hello" and respond to their tweet!

Thursday, 11 August 2016

The Olympic Games

The Summer Olympic Games are held every four years. This year it is hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to 21, 2016. Many athletes and their teams are selected to represent New Zealand.
Image Source: www.sparklebox.co.uk


You can watch the Official Olympics 2016 Theme Song Music Video. You might like to pay attention to the words written at the bottom.


Questions:

Q1. Do you agree with the words in the video? Which 'phrase' do you like? Why?

Q2. Name some of the Olympic sports. Which one is your favourite?

Q3. What is the Olympic torch?

Q4. What are the Olympic Values? What is their meaning?

Q5. Who wins medals?

Q6. Are the gold medals real gold?

Q7. Why do we have the Olympic rings as the emblem of the Olympic Games?

Q8. What is the Olympic motto?

Q9. Who is your favourite Olympic hero? Why?

Q10. Imagine your own Olympic success in the future... which sport do you think you would be participating in?


Image Source: www.sparklebox.co.uk

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Maths

From 8 - 12 August we have New Zealand Maths Week, therefore KidsedchatNZ will be talking about Maths.

Below is a whole lot of different Maths tasks/challenges that you can complete during the week. You don't have to complete them all, just pick whichever ones suit your level.

The tasks/challenges are:
1. Throw a pack of cards out onto the concrete and put them into order as fast as you can. They need to be placed in suits from 2 to Ace.
Image credit: Pixabay

2. Design your own money!

Image credit: Pixabay

3. Turn this triangle upside down by moving only three of the 'coins'

4. Make 3D shapes using ice-block sticks / toothpicks and play dough
Image credit: sicosico

5. Use ScratchJr and make a short story or conversation
Image credit: ScratchJr.org



Questions:

Q1. Tweet a picture or video of some of your challenges this week.

Q2. Leave a reply on someone's tweet. Remember to comment on their challenge.

Q3. Reflect on your challenges. How do you think you did? What was hard? Easy? Enjoyable?

Q4. Write your own word problem for other people to answer.

Q5. Try and answer someone's word problem. Make sure you reply back saying whether they are right or wrong.

Q6. What have you been learning about in Maths? Tell/Explain a Maths strategy that you have learnt this year?

Q7. What are some of your favourite activities that you have done in Maths this year?

Q8. Why is it important to learn about Maths?

Q9. What are some of your favourite Maths Apps that you use in class? Why do you like them?

Q10. Write a short story or poem using these 4 words: Reflection, Triangle, Half and Money 

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Focus the Spotlight on Learning

On Wednesday 3 August, we will focus the spotlight on your learning...

Did you know:
- Learning new things is like water and sunshine to the brain
- Learning makes the brain grow stronger
- Your brain will become stronger when you exercise it
- Your brain will become heavier, but don't worry, it doesn't grow in size

Remember:
- You can change your ability through effort
- You can succeed, it might only need a lot of practice


Questions:

Q1. What do you like about being back for Term 3 / What makes it special?

Q2. Are you aware of any special things that you will be involved in this term? What will it be?

Q3. Thinking about the video, what could you do if things get hard in your learning?

Q4. Do you think you can become smarter? How?

Q5. What might stop your brain from growing?

Q6. How would you like your learning to happen in the classroom this term?

Q7. Is there anything you would like to change in your class to help with your learning? What is it?

Q8. Is it o.k. to make mistakes? Why or why not?

Q9. Do you use technologies in your learning? Tell us how it helps you with your learning.

Q10. Tell us what you liked about school today.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Week 9 - Term Reflection

Hey everyone, the term is coming to an end, so this week's Kidsedchatnz is a term reflection. 

Unfortunately it's the last chat for the term, thanks everyone for making Kidsedchatnz such a cool learning vehicle!


QUESTIONS

Q1. What was your favourite part of this term? Why?

Q2. What have been some of the challenges you have faced this term? What was difficult?

Q3. What was something interesting that happened this term? Did it turn out the way you thought?

Q4. Do you have any artwork, blog posts or favourite learning that you would like to share with us?

Q5. If you could change 1 thing about this term what would it be? Why do you want to change it?

Q6. If you could describe Term 2 in one word, what word would you choose?

Q7. What are your goals for Term 3? What do you want to improve next term?

Q8. If you could choose what you want to learn in class next term, what would you choose?

Q9. What's been your favourite topic for Kidsedchatnz this term? What topics would you like to discuss next term?

Q10. What are you planning to do for the holidays?

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Books, Books, Books

This week's chat is all about celebrating great books.  The finalist in the New Zealand Book awards have been announced.  So I thought it was the perfect time to share and chat about the books you read in class and at home.

If you would like to vote on the 2016 finalists, follow this link.  See how many of the books are in your library and challenge yourself to read them.

Watch the video below, it is by Dav Pikey who of course is the author of "The Adventures of Captain Underpants"



Here are this weeks questions:

1.If you could be any character in a book, who would you choose to be and why?

2.If you could have dinner with 3 of your favourite book characters who would they be and why?

3.Describe the perfect place to read.

4.Which books do you prefer reading, non-fiction or fictions books.  Give us a reason why!

5. What makes a great story book character?

6.Suggest a book that would be great to read as a class. Tell us why it’s an awesome book.

7.Describe what happens in your class that makes reading fun for you?

8.Share a favourite quote from a character in a book you loved reading about.

I love books, so can't wait to hear what everyone else enjoys reading!


If you LOVE reading and LOVE eating pizza ask your teacher to sign up to this awesome reading challenge.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Healthy body - Healthy mind

Kia ora, welcome to another instalment of NZ's favourite kids chat!

This week I thought we could discuss being healthy. Whole body healthy from the tips of your toes to the ends of the hair on your head!

We are all aware of eating healthy and looking after our physical well-being.  But how well do we look after the other parts of our well-being?  So let's chat about all these areas.


1.What makes you happy.  Not just surface happy but deep down happy, when you smile inside?

2. How do you deal with set-backs or when things don't go your way?

3. Courage, grit, determination are words we often hear in class.  What do these mean to you and how do you display them?

4. In your opinion, what makes a great friend, one you want to keep forever?

5. In your life who is the main person you turn to for support? What makes them special?

6. How does your family support you with your learning in class?

7. Being active is important for your body.  What do you do to keep fit and active?

8. There is a saying 'you are what you eat'.  What does this mean? Do you agree or disagree?

9. After kidsedchatnz today share with us how you are going to make some else's day even better.

See you all on Wednesday :)

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Matariki 2016

Kia ora koutou,

Tenei wiki kei te ako matou e pa ana ki Matariki.

Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster known as the Pleiades. Traditionally for Māori when it appeared just before dawn in late May or early June, it signalled the start of the Māori New Year. Different tribes celebrated Matariki at different times.  For some it was when Matariki rose in May/June. For others it was celebrated at the first new moon, or full moon, following the rising of Matariki. In the 21st century it is the new moon following the rising of Matariki that signals the New Year. This year Matariki begins on the 6th of June.
I think that it is awesome to develop our knowledge of our collective heritage and identity.  

This made me wonder.........in your opinion or culture, when is New Year?  So get your curiosity and wondering brains in gear and challenge yourself to ask..... Is today really today? Does everyone around the world have the same date and time, or calendar as we use in New Zealand.

But first let's learn a little more about Matariki.  Watch the following videos to help prepare for our chat.






This clip will help you learn all the names of the Matariki stars - enjoy singing along with Room 5 from Mahora Primary School- Awesome effort Miss Boaler and Rm 5



Questions:

1.  What does Matariki mean to you and your family? Share with us how you celebrate it.

2. How are you celebrating Matariki at your School?

3. Matariki is referred to as the 'Maori New Year'.  When do other cultures/religions celebrate 'New Years'?

4. Matariki has many different names around the world.  What are some of those names and countries?

5. Why do we measure time? Try and explain why there are so many different calendars around the world?

6. Discover what year you were born in using a calendar of your choice (Jewish, Muslim, Chinese).

7. Matariki is a cluster of stars.  Do you know of any other star clusters or constellations in our southern skies?

8. In your opinion is Matariki important enough to be recognised as a National Holiday in NZ, if so why? 

Friday, 27 May 2016

Games and Learning

Minecraft is a game many teachers are already using in the classroom. Have a look at this video about 'Gallipoli in Minecraft®: Anzac Cove'

This week we want to discuss ALL of the games you play or might like to play in class and how these help your learning. It's not just the electronic games though, don't forget about all those board games and card games that help your learning.

But first let's play some games! Before you take part in Kidsedchatnz this week try to do at least one of the following tasks:
  • Spend some time in class playing any game  (online or traditional eg, Minecraft, Scrabble, Monopoly)
  • Build your own game and play it
  • Reinvent a game
  • Art of gaming - produce a piece of art that celebrates gaming
When you do a task make sure you take some photos or videos to share with other classes during the chat.

Questions for this week:

Q1. What are your favourite games and why?

Q2. Does gaming help with your learning? How?

Q3. What qualities/values/skills have you learnt from gaming?

Q4. How many learning games are being used in your classroom and which of these are the best to play?

Q5. What makes a game fun, interesting and educational?

Q6. If you could reinvent a game, what would you choose to add or change and why?

Q7. Does your class use gaming to collaborate or connect with others learners from your school or elsewhere?

Q8. Do you read books or watch videos about gaming? Does this make you a better gamer or learner?

 Q9. If your teacher could introduce one game into the classroom, what should it be and how would it be used for learning?

Q10. Share some of your photos or videos from the task(s) with us.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Week 4 - Never Give Up

This week's Kidsedchatnz topic is about NEVER GIVING UP! I think it today's world it is such an important mindset to have and learn about. 

Before taking part in the chat please watch the videos below! They are pretty inspirational!



QUESTIONS

1. Why is it important to never give up and to keep on trying?

2. "Failures open the doors to success!" Tell us about a time when you failed on something? 

3. Why do we give up? What can we do to avoid giving up in the future? Who can help us?

4. There's no such thing as an overnight success. What does this mean? Do you agree?

5. Tell us about a time when you had success? What did you do to achieve success?

6. Inner confidence and self-belief are the keys to success. Do you agree or disagree?

7. What is a challenge you have faced this year? Explain what happened.

8. We are responsible for our own success and learning. Do you agree or disagree?

9. "If you do what is easy, your life will be hard." What is this trying to tell us?

10. "Just decide who you are going to be, what you are going to do, how you are going to do it." What are you going to be and do?

Saturday, 14 May 2016

YOU Matter!

This week's KidsedchatNZ is inspired by a cool American Teacher called Angela Maiers.

Angela shares a great message, and it is important for all of us. 

The message is  -  YOU MATTER.
KidsedchatNZ want you to think about how you are awesome. We want to know how you are a genius. Everyone has their own unique talents and abilities. What are yours? We would love to hear all about them.
Image attribution: angelamaiers.com

Have a read of the YOU MATTER manifesto. A manifesto is a public announcement or declaration. There are some important points to think about there.

Questions for this week:

Q1. Why are you awesome? What is your Genius?

Q2. What would you like to change in the world around you?

Q3. How do you think that you could do this?

Remember “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love”
– Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Q4. What is the best thing that a Teacher has ever said to you?

Q5. Think of a time when you have achieved a goal. Tell us what this felt like.

Q6. Do you have some learning that you are really proud of? Take a picture and tweet it!

Q7. Name five people that you would put on a "Dream Team" to encourage and inspire you.

Q8. Why are these people amazing to you? Are they famous people, successful people, members of your family?

Q9. What makes you feel proud?

Q10. Think about how you could contribute to make the world a better place. Share your idea with us.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

T2, W2 - TEAMWORK

The first Kidsedchatnz of the term is in Week 2 and it's all about TEAMWORK! With a lot of classes looking at ANZAC day and Conflict I thought this would be an appropriate topic to talk about.

Before coming to the chat please watch the videos below.





Here are the questions!


Q1. How often do you work in a team or group in your class? What team or group activities do you do? 

Q2. Do you enjoy working in a team with others? Explain why or why not?

Q3. What are the key elements of teamwork? Why are they important?


Q4. In what ways are you a team player? What do you bring to a team?

Q5. Do you think it's important to be able to work with others? What are the benefits?


Q6. What can you do when someone is not pulling their weight in a team? What could you say?

Q7. In one of the videos is the ex-NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs. Who is your favourite team? Why do you like them?


Q8. When you get older employers are looking for people who can work in a team. What other skills are they looking for?


Q9. TEAM - Together Everyone Achieves More. What do you think this means?

Q10. Make a short story, sentence or poem using these three words: Sharing - Encouragement - Friends

I look forward to seeing everyone in Week 2!

Thursday, 7 April 2016

A Great Term!

Thanks everyone for taking part in Kidsedchatnz this term, you make Kidsedchatnz what it is... AWESOME!

Yesterday we had 1,878 tweets recorded in one hour, which is an awesome effort!

Finally, this was my favourite tweet from yesterday, I think it sums up Kidsedchatnz perfectly! I look forward to seeing everyone next term!

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

W10 - Term 1 Reflection

Hey everyone, the term is coming to an end, so this week's Kidsedchatnz is a term reflection. 

Unfortunately it's the last chat for the term, thanks everyone for making Kidsedchatnz such a cool learning vehicle!

QUESTIONS

Q1. What was your favourite part of this term? Why?

Q2. What have been some of the challenges you have faced this term? What was difficult?

Q3. What was something interesting that happened this term? Did your class turn out the way you thought?

Q4. Do you have any artwork, blog posts or favourite learning that you would like to share with us?

Q5. If you could change 1 thing about this term what would it be? Why do you want to change it?

Q6. If you could describe Term 1 in one word, what word would you choose?

Q7. What are your goals for Term 2? What do you want to improve next term?

Q8. If you could choose what you want to learn in class next term, what would you choose?

Q9. What's been your favourite topic for Kidsedchatnz this term? What topics would you like to discuss next term?

Q10. What are you planning to do for the holidays?

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Our Environment

Kia ora Kidsedchatters,

This week we are looking at our global and local environment. It sometimes seems that whenever I turn on the TV there is some type of weather/pollution/environmental related disaster occurring. I often wonder what I could be doing better to help lessen this problem.

So I thought who better to ask than our knowledgable Kidsedchatnz team.

Before this weeks chat ( I know it is today AND it is your first day back after a long Easter weekend) watch the videos below.

    


This video is aimed at our senior classrooms :)



This weeks questions are:

1. Our environment is precious.  What are some of the environmental issues facing the world at the moment?

2. What are some things you do at home to help reduce waste/rubbish?

3. Tell us about the things that happen at your school to reduce waste and save energy?

5. What is one thing you could do better or more often to reduce waste at your school?

6. Can one person make a difference or do we need a team approach?

7. NZ has lots of endangered species.  What can we do to ensure future generations see them?

8. Have you been involved in any school or community events to protect our environment?

8. Design a way to reduce the amount of packaging around new toys.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Granddad's Letter


This week's Kidsedchatnz is based on the following letter. Please read it with your class before coming to the chat.

James K. Flanagan passed away on September 3, 2012. He left behind this powerful letter for his 5 grandchildren. In truth, this letter holds great advice for us all


1. Each one of you is a wonderful gift to your family and to all the world. Remember it always, especially when the cold winds of doubt and discouragement fall upon your life. 

2. Be not afraid . . . of anyone or of anything when it comes to living your life most fully. Pursue your hopes and your dreams no matter how difficult or "different" they may seem to others. The worst thing in life is to look back and say: "I would have; I could have; I should have." Take risks, make mistakes. 

3. Everyone in the world is just an ordinary person. Some people may wear fancy hats or have big titles or have power and want you to think they are above the rest. Don't believe them. They have the same doubts, fears, and hopes; they eat, drink, sleep, and fart like everyone else. 

4. Make a Life List of all those things you want to do: travel to places; learn a skill; master a language; meet someone special. Make it long and do some things from it every year. Don't say "I'll do it tomorrow" (or next month or next year). That is the surest way to fail to do something. There is no tomorrow, and there is no "right" time to begin something except now. 

5. Be kind and go out of your way to help people -- especially the weak, the fearful, and children. Everyone is carrying a special sorrow, and they need our compassion. 

6. Read books, as many as you can. They are a wonderful source of delight, wisdom, and inspiration. They need no batteries or connections, and they can go anywhere. 

7. Travel: always but especially when you are young. Don't wait until you have "enough" money or until everything is "just right." That never happens. Get your passport today. 

8. Pick your job or profession because you love to do it. Sure, there will be some things hard about it, but a job must be a joy. Beware of taking a job for money alone -- it will cripple your soul. 

9. Don't yell. It never works, and it hurts both yourself and others. Every time I have yelled, I have failed. 

10. Live in harmony with Nature: go into the outdoors, woods, mountains, sea, desert. It's important for your soul. 

11. Hug people you love. Tell them how much they mean to you now; don't wait until it's too late. 

12. Be grateful. There is an Irish saying: "This is a day in our lives, and it will not come again." Live every day with this in mind. 


QUESTIONS


Q1. Do you think it was a good idea for the Granddad to write down his advice? Why?


Q2. Which piece of advice is your favourite and why?

Q3. Create your own piece of advice or find a cool quote to add to the list.

Q4. How much time do you spend with your grandparents? Do they give you any advice?


Q5. Do you agree with the statement, "Everyone in the world is just an ordinary person." Why/Why not?


Q6. Number 8 says pick a job that you love. What job would you pick and why?


Q7. Number 6 says read books. Do you like reading books? What book would you recommend? 


Q8. Number 11 says tell people how much they mean to you now. Have you got a message to someone special in your life?


Q9. What are 3 dreams/things that you would like to achieve in your life?


Q10. Write a sentence, poem or story using the following 3 words: Life - History - Family


I look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday!

Friday, 11 March 2016

Wk 7 - Sport and Learning

Playing or learning a sport can teach us a lot of lessons for life and not just the skills involved in playing the game. Watch the video below to help you answer the questions.



1. Who are some of your favourite sports teams/people? Why do you like them?
2. Who do you think helped them become the great players/teams they are today.
3. What role does a coach play in a team?
4. What roles do the players have in a team?
5. What would happen if the team and coach didn't work together?

6. How does sport at school help you with your learning in other subjects?
7. Thinking about yourself at school, who are the key people in your learning team?
8. What role does your teacher/other staff play in your learning?
9. Do mums and dads play a role in your education? If so, how?
10. What role do you play in your learning and what can you do next to help you improve?

Friday, 4 March 2016

New Zealand Flag



This week's Kidsedchatnz is all about the New Zealand Flag. I thought this would be a cool topic as New Zealand is about to vote whether to change our current flag.

Before coming to the chat please watch the videos below.




If you want to learn a few new flags here is a fun game you can play! FLAG GAME

QUESTIONS


Q1. Why do countries have flags? Are they important?


Q2. What is the history of the New Zealand flag? How did it come about?


Q3. What do you think makes a good flag design? Why are these important?

Q4. What are the positives and negatives for changing the NZ flag?

Q5. What do you think of the new New Zealand Flag design? What do you like? What don't you like?


Q6. If you could vote would you vote to change the New Zealand flag or keep the flag? Why?


Q7. What is your favourite overseas flag? Why do you like it?

Q8. Does your school have a flag, symbol or mascot? Can you share it with us?

Q9. Fun Question! The first class that tweets the correct answer to this flag gets the Kidsedchatnz mascot sent to them!


Q10. Write a sentence, poem or short sentence using the following words: Cross  Proud  History


See you on Wednesday at 2pm!

Friday, 26 February 2016

W5 - Photo Chat

Hey everyone, this week's Kidsedchatnz is a Photo chat! All questions are based on a number of different photos! 

Sounds interesting? Check out the photos and questions below! (All photos come from the fabulous website Lend Me Your Literacy)

QUESTIONS/PHOTOS


Q1. If the doors above were portals into the future and the past, which door would you visit first and why?  


Q2. Do you think people that lived a 100 years ago had better or worse lives than us?





Q3. Why do you think the two sides are so different?




Q4. If you could be more like any animal, what would it be and why?


Q5. How do you think the little boys are feeling? Would you exchange places with them?


Q6. What does a cow pack in a suitcase? Where do you think it is going?


Q7. If you were trapped inside the tree, how would you escape?


Q8. You return to find your home city in ruin, what do you do next?


Q9. If you could have any super power that could help people, what would it be?


Q10. You discover a stone giant at the bottom of the ocean. Do you remove it or leave it where it is? Why?

I'm looking forward to Wednesday's chat, I hope to see you there!