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Friday, March 22, 2019

posted 22 Mar 2019, 06:31 by Ms C Heiss RTMS

Friday, March 22, 2019

Day 2


Wishing Tree …


Character Trait:Cooperation Habit: Win Win


March Birthdays: (4) Sabrina


Congratulations to February’s Students of the Month: Jivitesh, Keshav and Thusi


March 22nd Debate Prompt (complete response in LA/HG notebook): Should adoption information be kept from children? Twelve-year-old Fatima was adopted as a baby. She loves her adoptive parents, but she has questions they cannot answer. Will she be tall or short when she grows up? Do health problems like diabetes, high cholesterol, or cancer run in her biological family? She wishes she could ask her birth parents, but she is not allowed to know who they are. Fatima’s situation is called a “closed” adoption. This means that the child and the adoptive parents have no contact with the birth family. Fatima’s birth records will be kept secret for the duration of her life. Sometimes, in other closed adoptions, the child’s birth records will become available once he or she turns 18. People prefer closed adoptions for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, birth parents believe it will be too painful to see the child they gave up. In some cases, birth parents may not tell friends or family that they have had a baby. A closed adoption ensures that the child cannot appear someday and reveal the secret. Sometimes adoptive parents are the ones who want adoptions to be closed. They might fear tension between the two families. They worry that the birth parents will disagree with the adoptive parents’ parenting decisions. They also worry that the birth parents may be involved with drugs or alcohol, or may disappoint the child. Other people, however, believe that adoptions should be “open.” This means that the child can have contact with the birth parents. In many cases, the child and the birth parents exchange letters and photographs. Some adoptive parents choose open adoptions because they want to be straightforward with their child about the adoption. They want to be able to answer all the child’s questions. Some birth parents consent to open adoptions because they still want to be involved in the child’s life. Should all adopted children like Fatima have the right to know their birth parents? Or should some parents be allowed

to keep adoption records private? In preparation for our debating activities, argue for and against children having the right to know their birth parents. Use logic (good judgement and reasoning), persuasion (convince others to agree) and proof (facts). Provide 3 points, evidence or reasons to supports each side.



Motion:  Adopted children should be allowed to access their adoption records and know their birth parents.

Pros/Proposition/For/Affirmative (positive things that support the argument)

Cons/Opposition/Against/Negative (negative things that weaken the argument)

-helps ensure that adopted children have information about inherited or genetic conditions and diseases


-should ensure privacy for biological parents who don’t want to be contacted






Thompson Time: Character Education, Team Building/Making Connections


  1. Announcements, O Canada, Attendance (includes roll call)

  2. ___________ with the #Jokeoftheday

  3. Quiet Work Time:  Completing Agenda, Completing Debate Prompt,  Silent Reading of Independent Text or Maclean’s Magazine, Finishing Incomplete Assignments/Homework

  4. Distribution/Collection of  Forms/Letters/ Notes, and Answering Questions

  5. Character Education: Student-Led Lesson with ...

  6. Guided Reading and Whole-School Novel: Wishtree

  7. Riptide TV and Popcorn/Lollipop


LA/H/G

Firstly, we are learning to analyze and understand a variety of texts, by determining the main idea. Secondly, we are learning to be better writers, by writing every day, and focusing on voice, sentence fluency, and word choice. Thirdly, we are learning to listen and speak respectfully and effectively. Fourthly, we are learning to understand that all media is constructed, and can influence how we feel or think. Lastly, we are learning why studying geography is important.


  1. Completion of Debate Prompt & Daily Read Aloud: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

  2. Video: RTMS at March 6th, 2019 Debate Competition

  3. Author Visit: Joel Sutherland: 12:25 - 1:25

  4. Gallery Walk: What is Where, Why There, and Why care? (Team 75)

  5. City of Broken Records Packet: Comprehension and Main Idea (Team 75)


LA/H/G Homework

1) Read for at least 20 minutes.

2)  Research evidence/proof for and against today’s debate prompt.  


Visual Arts (Teams 74 and 75)


  1. Landscape and Water Colour Painting



Other Agenda Items

  1. Independent Reading Text for Weekly Book Chats




















Thursday, March 21, 2019

posted 21 Mar 2019, 18:03 by Ms C Heiss RTMS

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Day 1


Wishing Tree …


Character Trait:Cooperation Habit: Win Win


March Birthdays: (4) Sabrina


Congratulations to February’s Students of the Month: Jivitesh, Keshav and Thusi


March 21st Debate Prompt (complete response in LA/HG notebook): Would you fly on a Boeing Max 8 plane? On March 9th, an Ethiopian Airlines flight took off from Addis Ababa on its way to Nairobi in Kenya. Six minutes later, it plummeted to the ground, killing all 157 people on board. The story is sickeningly familiar. Less than five months ago, a Lion Air flight crashed shortly after taking off from Jakarta in Indonesia. Both planes were the same model: the 737 Max 8 from US manufacturer Boeing. The Max 8 started operating less than two years ago. Suspicions have emerged that faulty sensors and software may have contributed to the crashes. While the evidence is being collected, and definite cause of the latest crash may not be known for months, fears about the aircraft are mounting. As families gathered to mourn the dead, Canada joined the long list of countries which have banned the Max 8 from flying. Soon afterwards, Boeing grounded its entire fleet of the planes “out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety.” So what makes the 737 Max 8 different from other planes? The aircraft is longer, with a larger engine than Boeing’s other models. It is similar enough to old 737s that pilots were not given extra training, but sufficiently different that a new MCAS autopilot system was added to help control the plane. In the Lion Air crash, investigators suspect that an anti-stall function caused the MCAS system to turn the aircraft’s nose down. The plane’s trajectory suggested its pilots were battling against the system for control as the plane nose-dived. Flying is now safer than ever. In the 1960s, when there was less automation, fatal accidents occurred once every 200,000 flights. Now, they happen less than once every two million flights. In 2015, there were 37.5 million flights around the world and 68 accidents. Only four of those resulted in deaths. You are far more likely to be struck by lightning than to die in a plane crash. Should Boeing Max 8 planes be considered safe?  In preparation for our debating activities, argue for and against flying on a Boeing Max 8  plane. Use logic (good judgement and reasoning), persuasion (convince others to agree) and proof (facts). Provide 3 points, evidence or reasons to supports each side.


Motion:  People should not fly on a Boeing Max 8 airplane.

Pros/Proposition/For/Affirmative (positive things that support the argument)

Cons/Opposition/Against/Negative (negative things that weaken the argument)

-most countries have grounded their planes or banned them from flying in their air space; Boeing takes shortcuts in meeting deadlines; Boeing must fix defect

- greater probability of dying  in a car collision than in a plane crash -- odds of a person dying in a plane crash are around one in 11 million - - roughly the same as your chances of being eaten by a shark; aviation is one of the safest industries -- crash is due to human/pilot error, not plane




Thompson Time: Character Education, Team Building/Making Connections


  1. Announcements, O Canada, Attendance (includes roll call)

  2. ___________ with the #Jokeoftheday

  3. Quiet Work Time:  Completing Agenda, Completing Debate Prompt,  Silent Reading of Independent Text or Maclean’s Magazine, Finishing Incomplete Assignments/Homework

  4. Distribution/Collection of  Forms/Letters/ Notes, and Answering Questions

  5. Character Education: Student-Led Lesson with ...

  6. Guided Reading and Whole-School Novel: Wishtree


LA/H/G

Firstly, we are learning to analyze and understand a variety of texts, by determining the main idea. Secondly, we are learning to be better writers, by writing every day, and focusing on voice, sentence fluency, and word choice. Thirdly, we are learning to listen and speak respectfully and effectively. Fourthly, we are learning to understand that all media is constructed, and can influence how we feel or think. Lastly, we are learning why studying geography is important.


  1. Completion of Debate Prompt & Daily Read Aloud: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

  2. City of Broken Records: Comprehension and Main Idea


LA/H/G Homework

1) Read for at least 20 minutes.

2)  Research evidence/proof for and against today’s debate prompt.  


Visual Arts (Teams 74 and 75)


  1. Landscape and Water Colour Painting



Other Agenda Items

  1. Independent Reading Text for Weekly Book Chats




















Wednesday, March 20, 2019

posted 20 Mar 2019, 11:54 by Ms C Heiss RTMS

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Day 10


Wishing Tree …


Character Trait:Cooperation Habit: Win Win


March Birthdays: (4) Sabrina


Congratulations to February’s Students of the Month: Jivitesh, Keshav and Thusi


March 20th Debate Prompt (complete response in LA/HG notebook): Would you fly on a Boeing Max 8 plane? On March 9th, an Ethiopian Airlines flight took off from Addis Ababa on its way to Nairobi in Kenya. Six minutes later, it plummeted to the ground, killing all 157 people on board. The story is sickeningly familiar. Less than five months ago, a Lion Air flight crashed shortly after taking off from Jakarta in Indonesia. Both planes were the same model: the 737 Max 8 from US manufacturer Boeing. The Max 8 started operating less than two years ago. Suspicions have emerged that faulty sensors and software may have contributed to the crashes. While the evidence is being collected, and definite cause of the latest crash may not be known for months, fears about the aircraft are mounting. As families gathered to mourn the dead, Canada joined the long list of countries which have banned the Max 8 from flying. Soon afterwards, Boeing grounded its entire fleet of the planes “out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety.” So what makes the 737 Max 8 different from other planes? The aircraft is longer, with a larger engine than Boeing’s other models. It is similar enough to old 737s that pilots were not given extra training, but sufficiently different that a new MCAS autopilot system was added to help control the plane. In the Lion Air crash, investigators suspect that an anti-stall function caused the MCAS system to turn the aircraft’s nose down. The plane’s trajectory suggested its pilots were battling against the system for control as the plane nose-dived. Flying is now safer than ever. In the 1960s, when there was less automation, fatal accidents occurred once every 200,000 flights. Now, they happen less than once every two million flights. In 2015, there were 37.5 million flights around the world and 68 accidents. Only four of those resulted in deaths. You are far more likely to be struck by lightning than to die in a plane crash. Should Boeing Max 8 planes be considered safe?  In preparation for our debating activities, argue for and against flying on a Boeing Max 8  plane. Use logic (good judgement and reasoning), persuasion (convince others to agree) and proof (facts). Provide 3 points, evidence or reasons to supports each side.


Motion:  People should not fly on a Boeing Max 8 airplane.

Pros/Proposition/For/Affirmative (positive things that support the argument)

Cons/Opposition/Against/Negative (negative things that weaken the argument)

-most countries have grounded their planes or banned them from flying in their air space; Boeing takes shortcuts in meeting deadlines; Boeing must fix defect

- greater probability of dying  in a car collision than in a plane crash -- odds of a person dying in a plane crash are around one in 11 million - - roughly the same as your chances of being eaten by a shark; aviation is one of the safest industries -- crash is due to human/pilot error, not plane




Thompson Time: Character Education, Team Building/Making Connections


  1. Announcements, O Canada, Attendance (includes roll call)

  2. ___________ with the #Jokeoftheday

  3. Quiet Work Time:  Completing Agenda, Completing Debate Prompt,  Silent Reading of Independent Text or Maclean’s Magazine, Finishing Incomplete Assignments/Homework

  4. Distribution/Collection of  Forms/Letters/ Notes, and Answering Questions

  5. Character Education: Student-Led Lesson with ...

  6. Guided Reading and Whole-School Novel: Wishtree


LA/H/G

Firstly, we are learning to analyze and understand a variety of texts, by determining the main idea. Secondly, we are learning to be better writers, by writing every day, and focusing on voice, sentence fluency, and word choice. Thirdly, we are learning to listen and speak respectfully and effectively. Fourthly, we are learning to understand that all media is constructed, and can influence how we feel or think. Lastly, we are learning why studying geography is important.


  1. Completion of Debate Prompt & Daily Read Aloud: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

  2. USSW: Uninterrupted Sustained Silent Writing (Write About website)

  3. Teach the Teacher and Class: Rachel: Origami


LA/H/G Homework

1) Read for at least 20 minutes.

2)  Research evidence/proof for and against today’s debate prompt.  


Visual Arts (Teams 74 and 75)


  1. Landscape and Water Colour Painting



Other Agenda Items

  1. Independent Reading Text for Weekly Book Chats




















Tuesday, March 19, 2019

posted 19 Mar 2019, 10:28 by Ms C Heiss RTMS

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Day 9


Wishing Tree …


Character Trait:Cooperation Habit: Win Win


March Birthdays: (4) Sabrina


Congratulations to February’s Students of the Month: Jivitesh, Keshav and Thusi


March 19th Debate Prompt (complete response in LA/HG notebook): Is Kylie Jenner a role model? At only 21, she is already richer than the Queen, J.K. Rowling and Beyoncé. Now Forbes has named Kylie Jenner the “world's youngest self-made billionaire”. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg didn’t pass that milestone until he was 23. “I didn’t expect anything. I did not foresee the future,” says Jenner. “But the recognition feels really good. That’s a nice pat on the back.” Last year, after Forbes declared Jenner was “set to be the youngest-ever self-made billionaire,” a storm immediately erupted on social media over the term. Many users pointed out that Jenner was born into a very wealthy, pre-eminent family and has based her cosmetics business on her image as a reality TV star. Jenner was only 10 when Keeping Up With The Kardashians first appeared on E!, commissioned off the back of her older half-sister Kim Kardashian West’s leaked private tape, in 2007. Her father, Caitlyn Jenner, is a former Olympic decathlon champion, while her mother, Kris, is said to be the shrewd mastermind behind the family’s fame, and for whom the term “Momager” was coined. Aside from her TV career, the bulk of Kylie Jenner’s wealth comes from her make-up company, Kylie Cosmetics, which is valued at approximately 900 million. Kris Jenner handles the finances and production of the range is outsourced, leaving Kylie to come up with new product ideas and market them to her 128 million Instagram followers. And Jenner has proved herself a master of using social media to build hype: her initial range of “lip kits” sold out in one minute after months of teasing through Instagram. Her skilful image control is perhaps no surprise, as the Kardashian-Jenners are widely credited with popularising the selfie, which triggered a revolution in how people post about themselves. Some observers have accused the family of promoting unrealistic beauty standards for young girls. Jenner started using lip fillers at the age of 15, although she had them removed last year. The decision was reportedly the result of her growing confidence following the birth of her daughter Stormi. Is Kylie Jenner a role model? Should young people aspire to be like Kylie Jenner?  In preparation for our debating activities, argue for and against Kylie Jenner being a role model?  Use logic (good judgement and reasoning), persuasion (convince others to agree) and proof (facts). Provide 3 points, evidence or reasons to supports each side.



Motion:  Kylie Jenner is a role model.

Pros/Proposition/For/Affirmative (positive things that support the argument)

Cons/Opposition/Against/Negative (negative things that weaken the argument)

- her ambition and business instinct, and success has eclipsed the other

Kardashian-Jenners -- young women can look

up to her as an entrepreneur who challenges negative perceptions of young mothers

- takes pictures of herself in different

shades of lipstick; success is a symbol of

society’s shift towards narcissism and

promotes narrowly-defined definitions of

physical beauty for females



Thompson Time: Character Education, Team Building/Making Connections


  1. Announcements, O Canada, Attendance (includes roll call)

  2. ___________ with the #Jokeoftheday

  3. Quiet Work Time:  Completing Agenda, Completing Debate Prompt,  Silent Reading of Independent Text or Maclean’s Magazine, Finishing Incomplete Assignments/Homework

  4. Distribution/Collection of  Forms/Letters/ Notes, and Answering Questions

  5. Character Education: Student-Led Lesson with ...

  6. Guided Reading and Whole-School Novel: Wishtree


LA/H/G

Firstly, we are learning to analyze and understand a variety of texts, by determining the main idea. Secondly, we are learning to be better writers, by writing every day, and focusing on voice, sentence fluency, and word choice. Thirdly, we are learning to listen and speak respectfully and effectively. Fourthly, we are learning to understand that all media is constructed, and can influence how we feel or think. Lastly, we are learning why studying geography is important.


  1. Completion of Debate Prompt & Daily Read Aloud: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

  2. Shared Reading, Discussion and Jot Notes: Determining the Main Idea

  3. Gallery Walk: What is Where/Why There/Why Care?

  4. Teach the Teacher and Class: Sourjeet: Economics and Politics (Sourjeet - Team 74)


LA/H/G Homework

1) Read for at least 20 minutes.

2)  Research evidence/proof for and against today’s debate prompt.  


Visual Arts (Teams 74 and 75)


  1. Landscape and Water Colour Painting



Other Agenda Items

  1. Independent Reading Text for Weekly Book Chats




















Monday, March 18, 2019

posted 18 Mar 2019, 06:40 by Ms C Heiss RTMS

Monday, March 18, 2019

Day 8


Wishing Tree …


Character Trait:Cooperation Habit: Win Win


March Birthdays: (4) Sabrina


Congratulations to February’s Students of the Month: Jivitesh, Keshav and Thusi


March 18th Debate Prompt (complete response in LA/HG notebook): Did racism or something like immigration cause New Zealand’s terrorist attack?  There is not a single definition for racism. Nevertheless,  racism can be defined as the belief in the superiority of one group over another.  Some of the consequences of racism include discrimination and prejudice towards people based on their phenotype (observable physical characteristics, such as skin colour or shape of eyes),  ethnicity, nationality, religion, etc. Immigration is on the rise around the world, according to UN reports. According to Wikipedia, “ Immigration is the international movement of people into a destination country of which they are not natives or where they do not possess citizenship in order to settle or reside there, especially as permanent residents or naturalized citizens, or to take up employment as a migrant worker or temporarily as a foreign worker.”  War, starvation, economic hardship, or persecution have forced many people to seek new homes in more peaceful countries, like Canada. If the terrorist’s 74-page manifesto and some news media are to be believed, racism and immigration caused the Christchurch massacre. The Australian terrorist, a proponent of white nationalism and supremacy, believed that his people -- “white people”, “white culture”, and white supremacy were being jeopardized by mass immigration.  Can we blame racism for the Christchurch massacre? In preparation for our debating activities, argue for and against racism being the cause of the Christchurch terrorist attack. Use logic (good judgement and reasoning), persuasion (convince others to agree) and proof (facts). Provide 3 points, evidence or reasons to supports each side.



Motion:  Racism is not the cause of New Zealand’s terrorist attack.

Pros/Proposition/For/Affirmative (positive things that support the argument)

Cons/Opposition/Against/Negative (negative things that weaken the argument)

- international immigration is the cause -- direct correlation between countries with high immigration rates and terrorist attacks

- evidence that terrorist was influenced by online networks of hate that promote racism, religious bigotry, and white nationalism




Thompson Time: Character Education, Team Building/Making Connections


  1. Announcements, O Canada, Attendance (includes roll call)

  2. ___________ with the #Jokeoftheday

  3. Quiet Work Time:  Completing Agenda, Completing Debate Prompt,  Silent Reading of Independent Text or Maclean’s Magazine, Finishing Incomplete Assignments/Homework

  4. Distribution/Collection of  Forms/Letters/ Notes, and Answering Questions

  5. Character Education: Student-Led Lesson with ...

  6. Guided Reading and Whole-School Novel: Wishtree


LA/H/G

Firstly, we are learning to analyze and understand a variety of texts, by determining the main idea. Secondly, we are learning to be better writers, by writing every day, and focusing on voice, sentence fluency, and word choice. Thirdly, we are learning to listen and speak respectfully and effectively. Fourthly, we are learning to understand that all media is constructed, and can influence how we feel or think. Lastly, we are learning why studying geography is important.


  1. Completion of Debate Prompt & Daily Read Aloud: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

  2. Table-Group Activity: What is Where/Why There/Why Care?  (Team 77)

  3. Unlearn Assembly (10:00 - 11:00)

  4. Teach the Teacher and Class: Ahmed: How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube (2 x 2) (Team 77: period 7)


LA/H/G Homework

1) Read for at least 20 minutes.

2)  Research evidence/proof for and against today’s debate prompt.  


Visual Arts (Teams 74 and 75)


  1. Landscape and Water Colour Painting



Other Agenda Items

  1. Independent Reading Text for Weekly Book Chats




















Friday, March 8, 2019

posted 8 Mar 2019, 06:28 by Ms C Heiss RTMS

Friday, March 8, 2019

Day 7


Wishing Tree …


Character Trait:Cooperation Habit: Win Win


March Birthdays: (4) Sabrina


Congratulations to February’s Students of the Month: Jivitesh, Keshav and Thusi


March 8th Debate Prompt (complete response in LA/HG notebook): Should we stop listening to Michael Jackson’s music? Wade Robson was five years old when he met his hero Michael Jackson after winning a dance competition. Two years later, the Robson family visited Neverland, Jackson’s remote ranch and adventure park. According to Robson, this was the start of years of sexual abuse by the singer. James Safechuck appeared in a Pepsi advert with Jackson when he was 10 years old. Safechuck says that he was abused by Jackson for the next four years. Now, both men are speaking out in Leaving Neverland, a documentary from director Dan Reed. According to Safechuck’s parents, Jackson used his fame and wealth to gain unsupervised access to young boys. “He flies you first class, he has a limo waiting at the airport, amazing!” recalls Safechuck’s mother, Stephanie. “The abuse didn’t feel strange because it was being done by this man that was like a god to me,” says Robson in the film. Michael Jackson, known as the king of pop, was one of the most successful artists in music history. Thriller is the best selling album of all time. In the US, Jackson had 14 number one singles — more than any other solo artist. But for years rumours swirled about his strange private life. Jackson admitted to sharing bedrooms with young boys at Neverland, but denied abusing them. Jackson’s family continue to insist on his innocence. In 1993, Evan Chandler accused Jackson of abusing his 13-year-old son. The case settled out of court. Eight years later, Jackson was charged with abusing a teenage cancer survivor. At the trial, Robson — then aged 22 —testified that he had never been abused. Jackson was acquitted. Robson says that the birth of his son persuaded him to finally speak out. When Jackson died in 2009, there was a global outpouring of grief. With the release of Leaving Neverland, it is time to reckon with his legacy. “I don’t care what people do in relation to Michael Jackson and his music,” says Robson. “Michael Jackson was incredibly talented, there’s no questioning that. But just because someone is talented doesn’t mean they’re not a predator.” Should people stop listening to Michael Jackson’s music?  In preparation for our debating activities, argue for and against listening to Michael Jackson’s music. Use logic (good judgement and reasoning), persuasion (convince others to agree) and proof (facts). Provide 3 points, evidence or reasons to supports each side.



Motion:  People should not listen to Michael Jackson’s music.

Pros/Proposition/For/Affirmative (positive things that support the argument)

Cons/Opposition/Against/Negative (negative things that weaken the argument)

- sends a message to child abusers that they will not get away with their crime

-we must then stop appreciating the work of all the writers, artists and thinkers throughout history who may have been bad people; can admire someone as an artist and condemn them as a person



Thompson Time: Character Education, Team Building/Making Connections


  1. Announcements, O Canada, Attendance (includes roll call)

  2. ___________ with the #Jokeoftheday

  3. Quiet Work Time:  Completing Agenda, Completing Debate Prompt,  Silent Reading of Independent Text or Maclean’s Magazine, Finishing Incomplete Assignments/Homework

  4. Distribution/Collection of  Forms/Letters/ Notes, and Answering Questions

  5. Character Education: Student-Led Lesson with ...

  6. Guided Reading and Whole-School Novel: Wishtree

  7. Riptide TV and Popcorn/Lollipop


LA/H/G

Firstly, we are learning to analyze and understand a variety of texts, by determining the main idea. Secondly, we are learning to be better writers, by writing every day, and focusing on voice, sentence fluency, and word choice. Thirdly, we are learning to listen and speak respectfully and effectively. Fourthly, we are learning to understand that all media is constructed, and can influence how we feel or think. Lastly, we are learning why studying geography is important.


  1. Completion of Debate Prompt & Daily Read Aloud: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

  2. Table-Group Activity: What is Where/Why There/Why Care?  (Team 75)

  3. Informal Debate: Debate the Masses

  4. Teach the Teacher and Class: Farwana: Fortnite (Team 74: period 3)


LA/H/G Homework

1) Read for at least 20 minutes.

2)  Research evidence/proof for and against today’s debate prompt.  


Visual Arts (Teams 74 and 75)


  1. Landscape and Water Colour Painting



Other Agenda Items

  1. Independent Reading Text for Weekly Book Chats




















Thursday, March 7, 2019

posted 7 Mar 2019, 10:51 by Ms C Heiss RTMS   [ updated 7 Mar 2019, 11:22 ]

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Day 6


Wishing Tree …


Character Trait:Cooperation Habit: Win Win


March Birthdays: (4) Sabrina


Congratulations to February’s Students of the Month: Jivitesh, Keshav and Thusi


March 7th Debate Prompt (complete response in LA/HG notebook): Should people get married? Marriage is believed to be around 4,350 years old. Nonetheless, worldwide marriage rates keep falling and divorce rates keep climbing. Statistics on divorce rates depend on accuracy and data collection. Nevertheless, many statisticians would agree that in Canada approximately 50% of marriages end in divorce.  For many centuries, marriage was a strategic alliance between families, designed to produce legitimate heirs and rear children. It had little to do with love. In the 18th century, the French philosopher Montesquieu wrote: ‘a husband who loves his wife is a man who has not enough merit to engage the affections of some other woman’. It only became a monogamous (being married to only one person at a time), romantic union after the Enlightenment (18th-century intellectual movement emphasizing reason, individualism, and skepticism in Europe and North America, and challenged traditional religious views). Some consider marriage ‘sexist’ and ‘patriarchal’. Traditionally women were passed as property from father to husband, and had no say over who they married. Polygamy (having more than one spouse, commonly benefits men, not women) has been common in many cultures — and is still widely practised in some parts of the world. Should we celebrate or mourn the decline of marriage, an ancient institution? In preparation for our debating activities, argue for and against people getting married. Use logic (good judgement and reasoning), persuasion (convince others to agree) and proof (facts). Provide 3 points, evidence or reasons to supports each side.


Motion:  People should not get married.

Pros/Proposition/For/Affirmative (positive things that support the argument)

Cons/Opposition/Against/Negative (negative things that weaken the argument)

-often leaves children to grow up in cold, loveless households; a vehicle of male control over women

- bedrock of successful family life for generations -- benefits health and well-being of children and society



Thompson Time: Character Education, Team Building/Making Connections


  1. Announcements, O Canada, Attendance (includes roll call)

  2. ___________ with the #Jokeoftheday

  3. Quiet Work Time:  Completing Agenda, Completing Debate Prompt,  Silent Reading of Independent Text or Maclean’s Magazine, Finishing Incomplete Assignments/Homework

  4. Distribution/Collection of  Forms/Letters/ Notes, and Answering Questions

  5. Character Education: Student-Led Lesson with ...

  6. Guided Reading and Whole-School Novel: Wishtree


LA/H/G

Firstly, we are learning to analyze and understand a variety of texts, by determining the main idea. Secondly, we are learning to be better writers, by writing every day, and focusing on voice, sentence fluency, and word choice. Thirdly, we are learning to listen and speak respectfully and effectively. Fourthly, we are learning to understand that all media is constructed, and can influence how we feel or think. Lastly, we are learning why studying geography is important.


  1. Completion of Debate Prompt & Daily Read Aloud: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

  2. Table-Group Activity: What is Where/Why There/Why Care?  


LA/H/G Homework

1) Read for at least 20 minutes.

2)  Research evidence/proof for and against today’s debate prompt.  


Visual Arts (Teams 74 and 75)


  1. Landscape and Water Colour Painting



Other Agenda Items

  1. Independent Reading Text for Weekly Book Chats




















Wednesday, March 6, 2019

posted 6 Mar 2019, 04:18 by Ms C Heiss RTMS

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Day 5


Wishing Tree …


Character Trait:Cooperation Habit: Win Win


March Birthdays: (4) Sabrina


Congratulations to February’s Students of the Month: Jivitesh, Keshav and Thusi


March 6th Debate Prompt (complete response in LA/HG notebook): Should hoodies be banned from schools? According to a Ted Talk, the hoodie is an amazing object. It's one of those timeless garment that we hardly think of, because they work so well that they're part of our lives. We call them "humble masterpieces."The hoodie has been -- even if it was not called so -- it's been an icon throughout history for good and for bad reasons. The earliest ones that we can trace are from ancient Greece and ancient Rome. In the Middle Ages, you see a lot of monks that were wearing garments that were cape-like, with hoods attached, so therefore, "hoodies." Ladies in the 17th century would wear hoodies to kind of hide themselves when they were going to meet their lovers. And then, of course, there's the legend, there's fantasy. There's the image of the hoodie connected to the grim reaper. There's the image of the hoodie connected to the executioner. So, there's the dark side of the hoodie. The modern incarnation of the hoodie -- a garment that's made usually of cotton jersey, that has a hood attached with a drawstring; sometimes it has a marsupial pocket -- was introduced in the 1930s by Knickerbocker Knitting Company. Now it's called Champion. Hoodies were meant to keep athletes warm. Of course, though, it was such a functional, comfortable garment that it was very rapidly adopted by workmen everywhere. Then, around the 1980s, it also gets adopted by hip-hop and B-boys, skateboarders, and it takes on this kind of youth street culture. It was, at the same time, super-comfortable, perfect for the streets and also had that added value of anonymity when you needed it. Interestingly, it's also a way to show how power has changed. It's easy to think of the physical aspects of the hoodie. You can immediately think of wearing the hood up, and you feel this warmth and this protection, but at the same time, you can also feel the psychological aspects of it. I mean, think of donning a hoodie, all of a sudden, you feel more protected, and you feel that you are in your own shell.  The hoodie has also  attracted negative publicity recently, becoming associated with youth crime and anti-social behaviour. Some schools even ban them.   Despite the hoodie’s basic design, it has a whole universe of possibilities attached. Should schools allow students to wear hoodies? In preparation for our debating activities, argue for and against hoodies being banned from schools. Use logic (good judgement and reasoning), persuasion (convince others to agree) and proof (facts). Provide 3 points, evidence or reasons to supports each side.


Motion:  Hoodies should be banned from schools.

Pros/Proposition/For/Affirmative (positive things that support the argument)

Cons/Opposition/Against/Negative (negative things that weaken the argument)

- obscures your facial features, therefore making it difficult to discern your identity, especially in an emergency situation

-allows a student to feel less subconscious about their insecurities, such as uncombed or unkempt hair  



Thompson Time: Character Education, Team Building/Making Connections


  1. Announcements, O Canada, Attendance (includes roll call)

  2. ___________ with the #Jokeoftheday

  3. Quiet Work Time:  Completing Agenda, Completing Debate Prompt,  Silent Reading of Independent Text or Maclean’s Magazine, Finishing Incomplete Assignments/Homework

  4. Distribution/Collection of  Forms/Letters/ Notes, and Answering Questions

  5. Character Education: Student-Led Lesson with ...

  6. Guided Reading and Whole-School Novel: Wishtree



LA/H/G

Firstly, we are learning to analyze and understand a variety of texts, by determining the main idea. Secondly, we are learning to be better writers, by writing every day, and focusing on voice, sentence fluency, and word choice. Thirdly, we are learning to listen and speak respectfully and effectively. Fourthly, we are learning to understand that all media is constructed, and can influence how we feel or think. Lastly, we are learning why studying geography is important.


  1. Completion of Debate Prompt & Daily Read Aloud: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

  2. USSW: Uninterrupted Sustained Silent Writing: Free Write (Write About website)

  3. Table-Group Activity: What is Where/Why There/Why Care?  (Teams 74 and 77)


LA/H/G Homework

1) Read for at least 20 minutes.

2)  Research evidence/proof for and against today’s debate prompt.  


Visual Arts (Teams 74 and 75)



  1. Landscape and Water Colour Painting



Other Agenda Items

  1. Independent Reading Text for Weekly Book Chats




















Tuesday, March 5, 2019

posted 5 Mar 2019, 12:22 by Ms C Heiss RTMS   [ updated 5 Mar 2019, 12:23 ]

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Day 4


Wishing Tree …


Character Trait:Cooperation Habit: Win Win


March Birthdays: (4) Sabrina


Congratulations to February’s Students of the Month: Jivitesh, Keshav and Thusi


March 5th Debate Prompt (complete response in LA/HG notebook): Should hoodies be banned from schools? According to a Ted Talk, the hoodie is an amazing object. It's one of those timeless garment that we hardly think of, because they work so well that they're part of our lives. We call them "humble masterpieces."The hoodie has been -- even if it was not called so -- it's been an icon throughout history for good and for bad reasons. The earliest ones that we can trace are from ancient Greece and ancient Rome. In the Middle Ages, you see a lot of monks that were wearing garments that were cape-like, with hoods attached, so therefore, "hoodies." Ladies in the 17th century would wear hoodies to kind of hide themselves when they were going to meet their lovers. And then, of course, there's the legend, there's fantasy. There's the image of the hoodie connected to the grim reaper. There's the image of the hoodie connected to the executioner. So, there's the dark side of the hoodie. The modern incarnation of the hoodie -- a garment that's made usually of cotton jersey, that has a hood attached with a drawstring; sometimes it has a marsupial pocket -- was introduced in the 1930s by Knickerbocker Knitting Company. Now it's called Champion. Hoodies were meant to keep athletes warm. Of course, though, it was such a functional, comfortable garment that it was very rapidly adopted by workmen everywhere. Then, around the 1980s, it also gets adopted by hip-hop and B-boys, skateboarders, and it takes on this kind of youth street culture. It was, at the same time, super-comfortable, perfect for the streets and also had that added value of anonymity when you needed it. Interestingly, it's also a way to show how power has changed. It's easy to think of the physical aspects of the hoodie. You can immediately think of wearing the hood up, and you feel this warmth and this protection, but at the same time, you can also feel the psychological aspects of it. I mean, think of donning a hoodie, all of a sudden, you feel more protected, and you feel that you are in your own shell.  The hoodie has also  attracted negative publicity recently, becoming associated with youth crime and anti-social behaviour. Some schools even ban them.   Despite the hoodie’s basic design, it has a whole universe of possibilities attached. Should schools allow students to wear hoodies? In preparation for our debating activities, argue for and against hoodies being banned from schools. Use logic (good judgement and reasoning), persuasion (convince others to agree) and proof (facts). Provide 3 points, evidence or reasons to supports each side.


Motion:  Hoodies should be banned from schools.

Pros/Proposition/For/Affirmative (positive things that support the argument)

Cons/Opposition/Against/Negative (negative things that weaken the argument)

- obscures your facial features, therefore making it difficult to discern your identity, especially in an emergency situation

-allows a student to feel less subconscious about their insecurities, such as uncombed or unkempt hair  



Thompson Time: Character Education, Team Building/Making Connections


  1. Announcements, O Canada, Attendance (includes roll call)

  2. ___________ with the #Jokeoftheday

  3. Quiet Work Time:  Completing Agenda, Completing Debate Prompt,  Silent Reading of Independent Text or Maclean’s Magazine, Finishing Incomplete Assignments/Homework

  4. Distribution/Collection of  Forms/Letters/ Notes, and Answering Questions

  5. Character Education: Student-Led Lesson with ...

  6. Guided Reading and Whole-School Novel: Wishtree



LA/H/G

Firstly, we are learning to analyze and understand a variety of texts, by determining the main idea. Secondly, we are learning to be better writers, by writing every day, and focusing on voice, sentence fluency, and word choice. Thirdly, we are learning to listen and speak respectfully and effectively. Fourthly, we are learning to understand that all media is constructed, and can influence how we feel or think. Lastly, we are learning why studying geography is important.


  1. Completion of Debate Prompt & Daily Read Aloud: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

  2. Voluntary Sharing: If Geography were music …

  3. Think-Group-Share: What does Geography mean to you? When someone asks you where you live, how do you describe where your home is? Why is it important to know where things are on Earth?

  4. Table-Group Activity: What is Where/Why There/Why Care?  (Teams 75 and 77)

  5. Teach the Teacher and Class: Leena and Abiya: How to Speak Urdu (Team 75)



LA/H/G Homework

1) Read for at least 20 minutes.

2)  Research evidence/proof for and against today’s debate prompt.  


Visual Arts (Teams 74 and 75)



  1. Landscape and Water Colour Painting



Other Agenda Items

  1. Independent Reading Text for Weekly Book Chats




















Friday, March 1, 2019

posted 1 Mar 2019, 10:24 by Ms C Heiss RTMS

Friday, March 1, 2019

Day 2


Wishing Tree …


Character Trait:Cooperation Habit: Win Win


March Birthdays: (4) Sabrina


Congratulations to February’s Students of the Month: Jivitesh, Keshav and Thusi


March 1st Debate Prompt (complete response in LA/HG notebook): Are physical shops still necessary in the modern world? Store closings and empty malls are nothing new, but things might be about to get a whole lot worse. People are shopping online more than ever, and that trend is expected to keep growing. Foot traffic at malls has been on the decline for years. A report estimates that as malls close, online sales will grow from 17% of retail sales today to 35% by 2030. But it is not just websites like Amazon that are driving customers away from the high street. In fact, some argue that it is only a matter of time before physical stores are a thing of the past. Some base this prediction on the rise of 3D printers. The machines already produce a dizzying array of objects, from bicycles and furniture to clothes and even bionic body parts. Once the technology becomes common in homes, we may never need to visit a shop again. And there is another phenomenon which is slowly squeezing shops off the street. Some call it “Uberisation”. Named after the popular taxi app, the term refers to the growing range of services provided by smartphone apps. For example, personal banking, laundry and even in-home haircuts can be organised without opening the front door. High street banks, launderettes and barbers could face a precarious future as a result. Should online shopping replace brick and mortar stores? In preparation for our debating activities, argue for and against physical shops being necessary in the modern world. Use logic (good judgement and reasoning), persuasion (convince others to agree) and proof (facts). Provide 3 points, evidence or reasons to supports each side.



Motion:  Physical shops are not necessary in the modern world.

Pros/Proposition/For/Affirmative (positive things that support the argument)

Cons/Opposition/Against/Negative (negative things that weaken the argument)

-consumers today are digitally savvy, mobile, and do not want to wander around bland shopping centres when everything they desire can be delivered to them


- shops provide human contact and bring energy to public spaces, while apps and smartphones erode our ability to communicate with people face-to-face




Thompson Time: Character Education, Team Building/Making Connections


  1. Announcements, O Canada, Attendance (includes roll call)

  2. ___________ with the #Jokeoftheday

  3. Quiet Work Time:  Completing Agenda, Completing Debate Prompt,  Silent Reading of Independent Text or Maclean’s Magazine, Finishing Incomplete Assignments/Homework

  4. Distribution/Collection of  Forms/Letters/ Notes, and Answering Questions

  5. Character Education: Student-Led Lesson with ...

  6. Guided Reading and Whole-School Novel: Wishtree

  7. Riptide TV and Popcorn/Lollipop


LA/H/G

Firstly, we are learning to analyze and understand a variety of texts, by determining the main idea. Secondly, we are learning to be better writers, by writing every day, and focusing on voice, sentence fluency, and word choice. Thirdly, we are learning to listen and speak respectfully and effectively. Fourthly, we are learning to understand that all media is constructed, and can influence how we feel or think. Lastly, we are learning why studying geography is important.


  1. Completion of Debate Prompt & Daily Read Aloud: Maze Runner by James Dashner

  2. Informal Debate


LA/H/G Homework

1) Read for at least 20 minutes.

2)  Research evidence/proof for and against today’s debate prompt.  


Visual Arts (Teams 74 and 75)



  1. Landscape and Water Colour Painting



Other Agenda Items

  1. Independent Reading Text for Weekly Book Chats

  2. National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation - Imagine a Canada Contest: Share your vision of what Reconciliation can be through a poem, a song, a painting, a sculpture, a rap, a drawing, an essay, anything! - Deadline March 1, 2019

https://education.nctr.ca/imagineacanada/

https://education.nctr.ca/




















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