Last Friday afternoon, the 6th grade welcomed a guest speaker to the steps of the Learning Commons, where for nearly an hour, an inspirational and moving conversation around the topic of mental health and bullying was led. These are areas the 6th Grade is exploring during the investigative phase of their service learning project this year.
Wayne Soares, an actor, author, and inspirational speaker, spoke to the class about the importance of taking the time to help someone who may be in trouble, someone who may be in need of help. He spoke to the value of how a simple action, like smiling at someone, asking how they are doing, etc. can make a monumental difference in their life.
Throughout his presentation, which included motivational, humorous, and loving stories, Mr. Soares told of his own personal experience with bullying and how he was able to “get over the hump” of being teased in his youth. Many of these stories are easy to relate to, as any one of us may have been involved or may have witnessed a similar situation throughout the course of our lives. Mr. Soares provided the class with the message of how we can make a difference in the lives of others through words and actions. At the core of his message: it only takes a few seconds to make a person’s day a little bit better.
Throughout the presentation, the 6th graders were interested and engaged and posed excellent questions.
It was an informational and heart-warming experience for us all (students as well as adults!) and serves as a gentle reminder of our role as global citizens, and in what ways, no matter how small or superficial they may seem, each individual can help to make our world a better place through our words and actions.
Later that afternoon, Mr. Soares delivered a broad anti-bullying presentation to Grades 3-8. Once again, we related to and laughed along with his very human stories.
“And all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” — Oscar Wilde
Dear Sixth Grade Families and Friends,
Thank you so much for all your warm welcomes and generosity as we wrap up our first month together. The spirit of communal effort in every aspect of life at BCD is such an invaluable asset and has been a wonderful gift. Thanks for sharing your delightful kids! They’re a remarkable group.
I was so happy to welcome Grandparents and Grandfriends to class Friday. Students had a chance to show off their writing and their Personal Map projects to a new audience. They were so excited while they worked on them and I think their projects speak for themselves. (Thank you for finding the time in the midst of your busy lives to collect poster boards). I thought each student’s work offered a unique insight into the formative parts of their lives and showed a good deal of effort from their authors. They also beautifully highlighted their distinct passions and quirks. It has been great to get to know each and every one of your interesting and interested young people! The class has demonstrated a balance of burgeoning independent selves which shines through the omnipresent truth of their adolescence. Last Wednesday’s service learning discussion was a prime example. In their own way, I thought each child navigated discussions of difficult issues thoughtfully and respectfully. I loved getting a chance to hear their thoughts on the world today and see their passion on display. Ms. Doherty and Mr. Evans both stopped by and were thoroughly impressed. It was hard to reconcile that thoughtfulness with the intense albeit brief dodgeball match that followed, but that’s sixth grade for you!
I included an Oscar Wilde quote that summarizes how I’m feeling about the start to the year. Despite the warm weather and rain, the beautiful leaves remind me it’s already Fall. Our class is nearing the end of our first novel The Giver and preparing for our first Geography quest next week.
Thanks to all of you who sent in the forms for our upcoming Hulbert Trip in such a timely manner. I’m very much looking forward to that experience and will be updating you on each day’s events via this blog, so stay tuned! Also, be on the lookout for an email from Kathy and me with an overview of the packing list and departure plan.
It has been such a pleasure to be part of this community and as always, feel free to reach out via email with any questions, comments, or concerns.
By Patrick Wood|2018-10-12T10:16:54+00:00October 12th, 2018|Categories: Grade 6|Comments Off on Blog Post #1
Always Enhancing French Classes—And a Win!
Bonjour et bienvenue to the 2018-2019 school year!
Over the summer, I spent time preparing materials for the new year. I tapped into new resource providers, like the publisher Bayard-Milan, and I am looking forward to implementing new resources in partnership with what is currently in circulation for native-speaking students in France. I’ve built on my visit last Spring to the International School of Boston (ISB), a bilingual French-American school, have reviewed my notes, and am bringing new ideas into play this year throughout the various grade levels here at BCD. While visiting ISB, I spent the day shadowing French teachers in different grade levels, 1st through 5th, to get a firsthand account of a day in the life of a French immersion school.
Reading in the target foreign language is a pillar in strengthening a student’s aptitude and comprehension. In French class at BCD, I will continue to include French stories and French language educational magazines into daily classwork, which will encourage the students to learn about themselves, the world around them, and about expressing their unique personality … in French!
The grant was titled “The Magic of Reading in French; ” its goal is to bring free books to children enrolled in French classes in both public and private schools across New England. The objectives of this fund are to:
Trigger children’s curiosity for French language and culture;
Expand kids’ French language skills – all under the guise of having fun with French books;
Improve and strengthen existing French tracks.
And…drum roll please…
On a gagné!We won!
When I arrived on campus last Friday, I found four big cardboard boxes full of brand new French books for BCD! These 70 books will contribute greatly to our school’s French-language literature resources which will be used in French class across the grade levels. I also encourage students and parents to borrow books as often as they’d like to read at home.
The different resources and the experiences I refer to in this post, combined with the enriching, culturally appropriate, and level-appropriate novels and multimedia tools we currently use in my curriculum, will help enable the continued discovery and encouragement toward the enjoyment of literature in French at BCD.
I hope that you have all had a fun summer! I, along with my colleagues, are so happy to welcome you back to the BCD campus this week, or to campus for the first time if you are a new student and family! Here’s to a great year!