A Short, but Productive Week! - Mid-Pacific Institute

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A Short, but Productive Week!

Posted on November 12, 2017

by Ms. Masa on November 12, 2017

Aloha Noio 2 Family and Friends!

I hope you are all enjoying your long weekend spending time with family, getting outside and staying dry!

What a short week we had! We were able to prepare the studentsʻ portfolios of learning by setting all our students up for their Learner Profiles via Google Drive, allowing them to reflect, observe, and share their learning experiences since the beginning of school in August. The shift we've made with the Learner Profile allows students to think about themselves not just as students, but also as individuals and as members of a community both small and large. It is wonderful to observe them in action, brainstorming and looking back at their work they've done. Sometimes we don't realize just how much we've written, read, puzzled over, and inquired until we take a moment to truly reflect.

A large part of our exploring and questioning process takes place within our inquiry. Inquiry allows a space for students to get outside, explore new ways of thinking, and encourages questions that help connect to what they already know and what they want to know. On Monday we will be back in the field, questioning, observing, and documenting at the Kamananui site. A reminder went home with the students on Wednesday, so please make sure your child wears closed-toed shoes and an MPI t-shirt. The students will be taking their iPads and Inquiry notebooks this round to document their learning process.

Thank you to all who signed up for parent-teacher-student conferences! If you haven't yet, please do so by this week. Here's the link in case you missed my emails.

Here's the weekly spelling list

I look forward to hearing about everyone's long weekend! This weather encouraged a very relaxing weekend for myself, staying in and catching up on books that have been piling up...sometimes we need a little rain and gloom to get back into our reading habits! I also got to spend a few hours in the classroom reorganizing and creating a larger library for our class to enjoy more independent reading times, I can't wait for them to see it on Monday!

-Mrs. Farwell