Community Standards

Think about the community you live in. What are your neighbours like? Do they have big families? Pets? What are some of the obligations of your community? How often should you cut your grass? Do you pick up after your pets “do their business” outside?

Consider our classroom as a community. How can we respect and look after one another? What are some of the ‘standards’ we should adopt in our classroom community? How will we work together?

Why Videos go Viral

Ever wonder “when will I ever use this in real life” when exploring math concepts? I’ve heard it said hundreds of times in the classroom. Check out this video below by Kevin Allocca who works for youtube and uses math (stats, graphs, trends) to predict viral videos.

Yes, he watches youtube videos for a living. That is his job….Could we be so lucky? :-)

Using Socrative

We will be discussing this question using Socrative. Stay tuned!

How are we able to see 3D objects, like in the muffin pan illusion, even from light coming from a flat piece of paper?

Rules For Adding and Substracting Integers

Adding Integers With the Same Sign:

EXAMPLE 1: (-2) + (-5) = _____ Both numbers are negative.
To find the answer, add the numbers together (2+5) and give the answer a negative sign (-7).

EXAMPLE 2: 3 + 4 = _____ Both numbers are positive, so the answer is positive (+7).

Adding Integers with Different Signs:

EXAMPLE 1: (-4) + 6 = _____ To find the difference, take the larger number minus the smaller number. 6 – 4 = 2. Looking back at the original problem, the larger number, 6, is positive, so the answer is positive (+2).

EXAMPLE 2: 3 + (-7) = _____ Find the difference. 7 – 3 = 4 Looking at the problem, the larger number, 7, is a negative number, so the answer is negative (-4).

Subtracting Integers:

EXAMPLE 1: -6 – (-2) = _____ Change the subtraction sign to addition and change -2 to 2.
-6 – (-2) = -6 + 2

EXAMPLE 2: 5 – 6 = _____ Change the subtraction sign to addition and change 6 to -6.
5 – 6 = 5 + (-6)


Spaghetti Bridge Teaser

Our back to school Science unit will involves Structures and Mechanisms with a culminating activity of designing, building and testing a bridge built from spaghetti.

You will have a budget and will have to plan to spend money accordingly after extensive research.

Ramblings for the School Year Startup – And Your First Homework Assignment!

I am thrilled to be teaching in this day and age. With the release of Google Classroom this August it will be even easier than we had anticipated to use Google Drive to collaborate, give feedback and submit assignments using paper, pencil, phones, tablets and PCs.

For those of you new to 8 Aspinall – I encourage you to to subscribe to our Remind account to receive class updates on your cellphone. Don’t worry – it’s a service geared to schools and I won’t see your #, nor will you see mine – making it a safe service for me to push update notifications in the wee hours of the night (just kidding – sort of :-) ). To subscribe please text @8aspi to (289) 803-3097.

This year we are going to routinely dabble in the Computer world. I will be introducing the theory behind computer programming and we will develop apps and games to demonstrate curriculum content. Our friends overseas in Britain have a new elementary curriculum this year and Computer Science is in it!

If you would like to check out some of the tools and apps with will tinker with check my other blog here:

Lastly, as we will use social media to share what we do – it is mainly used as a tool for me to collaborate with other teachers and share the good things we are doing. I also use it (mainly twitter) to provide a window into the classroom. Having said that, by no means do I require students to follow on twitter. For one, the twitter TOS say users must be 13 or have parental permission. If you allow you child to use twitter, no problem. It is not mandatory by any means, however.

Will will also check up on some of my favourite youtube channels, especially VSauce. As we continue this journey into flipped classrooms and learning spaces, you can anticipate media clips and content posted here for homework. It is a Maker Movement era and we are going to build, create and develop new things! So here is your first assignment. Please watch the clip below and visualize the planet – and everyone jumping at once. What would that look like? Is it even possible? How could we schedule it? Use social media? Use the news? Visualization is an incredible reading strategy that helps you to make interpretations and opinions (inferences).

Enjoy the rest of the summer, folks. It’s not even half over by my calculations. I do look forward to getting to know each and everyone of you in September!

I will leave you with the best mini lesson of July. I learned from this video!

Dear Graduates…

Before we say goodbye forever, I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am that I could be your teacher this year and last. I hope you know how much happiness you bring into my life and how much I genuinely enjoy interacting with you. I can’t tell you how many days I have been ornery / stressed/ frustrated and have come to school and have had you make me laugh and forget those stresses.

It is hard for me to believe it has been two years since we met on that Wednesday in June when you were in grade 6 and I came for the afternoon to visit. I remember signing out iPads but hadn’t a clue where to find them. It seems from day one you were helping me as much as I helped you.

I remember Science experiments outside, secret hand shakes, nicknames. I remember making Vines about barf bags on the train. I remember hoping to jump from grade 7 to grade 8 so I got a second chance to teach you all again in some capacity.

You are a unique group of individuals. You will all do great things. I cannot wait to hear how you make change at our secondary schools in the coming years. I look forward to the day I hear about you and all the wonderful accomplishments you have achieved.

As much as it saddens me to see you move on, I remind myself to celebrate the fact that we met. I have learned so much from you.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me be your teacher. You are an incredible group of students that have forever changed my life. You will all be missed.

Please keep in touch – you know where to find us!

Mr. A, Room 409 – ICRPS