50,000 Visitors

The 4KM and 4KJ blog reached a big milestone on the weekend…

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan set up this blog at the end of 2011 in preparation for the start of the 2012 school year. Since then, we have had more than 50,000 visits on our blog. Wow!

Each day we look at our Clustrmap widget to discuss the visitor total. We have a place value flipchart in our classroom that we change each day to show our blog visitor tally.

In the time it has taken to reach 50,000 blog visitors we have published 122 posts and approved 4,956 comments!

We thank all of the students, parents, teachers and community members who have taken the time to visit our blog. We love connecting with you all!

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Take a look at our Clustrmap and share something you notice about our visitor information.

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How many visitors do you think we will get by the end of the school year?

Have you ever reached an important milestone or goal?

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Guest Post: Meet Our Student Teachers

Hi, our names are Charlotte and Ava and we are from 4KM and 4KJ. We are writing this as the first guest post for 2013.

We have some awesome student teachers from Deakin University working with us at the moment. Their names are…

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Miss Smith (4KJ) and Miss McKeegan (4KM)

We have had a great time with with Miss Smith and Miss McKeegan so far. They are lots of fun. Here is an interview we conducted to find out a bit more about them…

What do you like to do besides teaching?

Miss McKeegan: Art and photography.

Miss Smith: I like travelling.

What places do you like to travel to?

Miss Smith: Europe, last year I lived in Sweden for six months and saw lots of places!

Miss McKeegan, I like to travel everywhere! I recently went on a trip halfway around Australia in my four wheel drive.

What’s your favourite animal and why?

Miss Smith: My favourite animal is a fish because I recently got a new pet fish named Pepito.

Miss McKeegan: My favourite animal is an elephant because they are so clever and have very good memories.

What is your favourite subject to teach?

Miss Smith: I like to teach English because I get to read lots of great stories!

Miss McKeegan: I love to teach Inquiry because it can be so fascinating finding out things about our world.

What grade would you  like to teach when you finish university?

Miss Smith: I have always wanted to teach the younger years, however, I do love grade four too!

Miss McKeegan: I would like to teach the early years as well, but I must say after working with 4KM and 4KJ I may just change my mind.

What school would you like to teach at?

Miss Smith: I would be happy anywhere in Geelong. Leopold is great!

Miss McKeegan: I would like to teach somewhere along the surf coast or the Bellarine Peninsula!

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Feel free to leave Miss Smith and Miss McKeegan a comment. They would love to hear from you!

Do you have anything in common with our student teachers?

Have you ever had a student teacher in your class?

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Our Classroom

When Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris team taught 2KM and 2KJ, they were lucky enough to work in a large open classroom.

This year, they have moved to the Grade Four area where they’re working in two portables. This hasn’t stopped 4KM and 4KJ working together and everyone is enjoying being a part of one big class.

Over the holidays, Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris spent many days working on their classrooms and they have taken some before and after photos to share with our blogging buddies.

The before photos were after Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris had already removed a lot of rubbish and done a lot of cleaning!

The after photos show a work in progress. Together with the students, Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris are always working on making their classroom a bright and attractive learning environment!

 Leave a comment and describe your ideal classroom!

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Phone Call from the Atlantic Ocean!

Last year a UK adventurer contacted Mrs Morris to tell her about his rowing trip across the Atlantic Ocean.

Alastair Humphreys was joining three other men to row 3000 miles (about 5000 kilometres) from the Canary Islands (Spain) to Barbados (Caribbean). He offered to ring 4KM and 4KJ during his journey which began on 12th January.

Since starting back at school, 4KM and 4KJ have been keenly following Al’s blog and were curious about many things.

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Al rang us at 12pm on Friday 10th February. It was 1am where he was and Al had just finished rowing for two hours through a storm.

For the whole 60 day trip, the men row for two hours and then sleep/rest/eat for two hours. The sleep deprivation is terrible for the adventurers!

When Al rang us, he was currently 57% of the way across the Atlantic. This map shows you where the boat currently is (you can click on it to see the updated location).

Eight students asked Al questions:

Clancy started by asking if they can eat and drink while rowing. Al said they normally eat and drink when they’re not rowing but during the day they need to drink while rowing as it can get quite warm. As Al was talking to us he was eating chocolate in bed!

Libby asked what sort of sea animals they had seen. Al told us that they had seen flying fish, whales, dophins and jellyfish.

Hannah wanted to know what the scariest moment so far had been. Al explained that there hadn’t been very many scary moments except for at the start when the wind was very strong.

Georgia asked if water ever gets into the boat. Al explained that the waves hit the top of the boat and can get in but they have a part of the cabin with their beds and computers that they make sure never gets wet.

Kealee wanted to know what Al is going to do when he gets to Barbados. Al explained that the crew talk about this topic all day long! They can’t wait to eat a lot (pizza, salads and cold drinks), have a BIG sleep and have a nice warm shower.

Trent asked if Al had any other adventures planned. While Al explained that he is just dreaming of Barbados at the moment, he might be walking across the South Pole at the end of the year. He said he might be able to call us from the South Pole!

Lachlan wanted to know who Al’s role model is. Al told us about an English explorer called Captain Scott who he looked up to as a boy.

Finally, Loren asked how many more days they will be at sea. Al hopes that they will be in Barbados in about 20 days. They draw all over their maps to work it out.

We thanked Al for talking to us and he said he might be able to Skype us when he is on land! It would be great to talk to him some more.

Al and his crew are rowing across the Atlantic to raise money for charity. You can click here if you are interested in donating.

How would you feel about rowing across an ocean?

What would you like to ask Al?

Why is Al a role model for us?

 

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Heroes and Role Models Dress Up Day

Today at Leopold Primary School we are having a dress up day.

Everyone had to bring a gold coin donation to raise money for Red Cross. Our back to school theme this year has been “heroes and role models” and everyone had to choose a special person to dress up as.

Miss Jordan and Mrs Morris dressed up as role model students. They were student leaders!

What did you dress up as?

Can you guess who the students were dressed up as?

Who is your hero or role model?

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Safer Internet Day

Yesterday was Safer Internet Day.

 

Established in Europe, “Ins@fe” promotes this special day to encourage safer and more responsible use of online technology, particularly amongst children and young people worldwide. Safer Internet Day has been running since 2004 and it is always held on the second day of the second week of the second month of the year.

Each year Safer Internet Day has a special theme. This year the theme is “Connecting generations and educating each other”. The slogan for the day is “Discover the Digital World Together…safely!”

Visit the Safer Internet Day website for more information about “Ins@fe” and this worldwide event.

 

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan always ensure students are being safe online at school. Having a class blog is a terrific way to learn about appropriate online behaviour and “netiquette”. We have blog guidelines which we all follow to make sure we are being safe while blogging.

We also watched this fun Garfield cartoon about being safe online. Just click on the image below to watch it yourself.

 

 

To celebrate Safer Internet Day, we made posters about being safe online. Some of the important internet safety messages we came up with are:

 – Be safe online and you’ll be fine

– Think before you go on a link!

– Keep your personal info safe

– Be friendly online

– Don’t give away your YAPPY!

– Keep your passwords secret


What does YAPPY mean?

What are your tips for being safe online?

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10 Things You Might Not Know About 4KM and 4KJ

Welcome to our new blog!

All the lucky 4KM and 4KJ students are going to have a wonderful year.  We will learn so much about the world, have Bike Ed and go on a camp to Maldon. Over the year, you will improve your reading, writing and maths skills.

The most exciting thing about being in 4KM and 4KJ is that we are part of a big global classroom and we will learn with students and teachers around the world.

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan showed the students this PowerPoint presentation on the last day of the 2011 school year to talk about some of the things we’ll get up to in 2012.

What are you looking forward to in 2012?

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