Cadbury Chocolate Festival. July 2014. Chocolate Bard competition. Winner wins a huge goody bag from Cadbury. Not much more to say really. Except that these are my in-house competition winners. Well done to Ben, Caitlin and Hamish for your outstanding poetry
If I were the human
If I were the human
and you were the chocolate
I would smell the aromas of your delightful
sweetness from a mile away and gobble you up the minute
I see you
If I were the chocolate
and you were the human
I would mold to your mouth like a child to its mum
and become the thing you are always craving
If I were the human
and you were the chocolate
I would hunt down for that beautiful taste
and would enjoy every mouthful right to the very last crumb
In a purple universe far far away
There lies a castle
A brown castle
With a king of gold.
The king’s castle has been safe
An army of white soldiers march towards the fortress
Led by their red leader
Their spears pierce through the brown outer walls of the castle
The king’s death is near, he can feel it
As the leader bursts through the castle’s walls, the king wallows at his feet
As the leader moves to take him out, the king begins to dissolve
The white soldiers wait anxiously
“Finish the job, men!”
Cheers go up from the soldiers
They exit the scene of the crime.
A chocolate haiku
Dark cloaked stranger
unwrap your heart to me
true friend of mine
The BNZ literary awards are a good way to explore microfiction as a valid genre. Writing less than 150 words to produce quality fiction is actually difficult. Here’s a few:
TV Time Drama
The rusty blue Toyota rolls from the driveway. Water droplets loll from the hood and trickle down the windows. A small girl peers out from the house. She yanks the chain and the blind falls from its bar. Light filters from the old bulb on the musty couches. the pitter patter of her bare feet echo as she walks to the pantry. Its doors fling open and the raiding begins. She picks up a glass of juice whilst balancing her food riches on a chipped china plate. Delicately, she sets down the meal and walks towards the television. She uses her toes to press the buttons. A blanket lies on the couch. She rolls it around her. The last button on the remote is pressed and the boisterous loud light starts. Then the crunching in the drive warns her. the TV switched off, and a book pulled out.
Tick, tock. Tick, tock. A clock sounds in the distance. Footsteps travel in the breeze. A figure appears, white like a bed sheet, graceful as a gazelle. Dressed in a checkered dress and sandals, transported from the past. She’s supposed to be 120 but looks 12. Living a second life to haunt the ones she despises. The rotting fence holds her weight as she steps on the edge, her arms out wide balancing her body from left to right. Snap! The fence breaks hurting none other than itself. A light flickers on from the east. She is still lying there, not moving, not breathing. Was she even breathing before – does she have lungs? yes she does, she’s moving. at a snail pace towards the light. A white light, a bright light, a deadly light. Can she die? She’s a ghost, with no soul and no heart. Can she die?
Scarred for Life
Waves smash over me pulling us under like we are a little bug. Rays of beautiful sunlight stream over the glistening sea. People shout and splash, having the time of their life. All you think about is having fun. Then all of a sudden I have that gut feeling of something going wrong. I look around, up and then down. Something in its shadows slithers under me. then a slimy thing wraps around me pulling my helpless self down. then a horrific shock floods through me. in agony I move to shore, screaming for help. I get to the shore, terrifyingly I see blurred a pinky blue tentacle wrapped securely around my leg. A lady sprints over with vinegar, as I fade in and out of conciousness. She rapidly pours it over. Still in agony I look over and I’m scarred for life
Poetry is definitely one of those “I hate writing, but love having written” things. Year 7 and 8 Rutherford have been writing much poetry over the last few weeks and it is often HARD. It requires a great deal of use of high order thinking skills and just some plain old grit. It involves learning rules and following instructions, so that you can then break those rules and ignore the instructions.
Elephant in a room
My home is a cube cage of concrete
My trees are bars of steel
My playground is painted on the wall
My battle scars will never heal
They sold my soul to a zoo
They took the miles out of my life
but hatred of those I despise
I used to have a family
Used to tingle tight in my bones
But they filled my brain
With sorrowful thoughts
And turned my heart to stone
Let me see my childhood home
Let me roam the world like before
Let me feel the gusts on my skin
And be myself once more
Everyone was quite sorry
Cause the greedy King was worried
That his crown was not gold
but something of old
and the crownmaker was causing the folly
He called upon his most trusty
mathematician who wasn’t at all rusty
to solve the problem
that he’s acquired
caused he couldn’t solve it as his brain was all nasty
the mathematician from Greece
Sat down in the tub for some peace
He ran down the street
to go and meet
the King from Glorious Greece
Archie was yelling “Eureka”
as the King came to meet him
cause he knew the answer
the King sought after
and the answer was a freaker
The answer was plain water
that the King was looking for
So Archie told him
and by doing consoled him
so now the King is doing what he oughta
Rock n Roll
It’s loud and it’s strange
with a very wide range
some might see it as outrageous
we see it as courageous
It’s an infectious infection
tailored to perfection
there’s just no stopping cause they’ll keep rocking
I found this and wanted to share it. It’s at the essence of what we do:
If Rutherford is there to challenge gifted/very able students, what exactly is challenge?
1. Identifying the individual’s zone of proximal development (ZPD) (Vygotsky) and working in it- i.e. the space between what a child can do with help and what a child can do without help.
2. Injecting elements of novelty and variety into the learning experience.
3. Encouraging metacognition (thinking about thinking-how we learn)
4. Offering opportunities for independence and self direction.
5. Encouraging risk-taking.
6. Providing opportunities to work with like-minded peers.
Tasks which should be encouraged should offer opportunities to
· formulate and reflect on personal knowledge and viewpoints,
· explore diverse viewpoints,
· consider difficult questions,
· problem solve and enquire,
· make connections between past and present learning,
· regularly engage in higher order thinking (analysis, synthesis and evaluation), and
· engage in independent thinking and learning.
Strategies in the classroom involve moving from:
· Concrete TO abstract materials, ideas and applications
· Simple TO complex resources, research, issues, skills, and targets
· Discreet TO cross-curricular working
· Structured TO open-ended questions, decisions, approaches and solutions
· Dependent TO independent learning (planning, monitoring and evaluating)
· Small TO large steps in imagination, insight and application
(Adapted from Winstanley, 2004, and the Scottish Network for Able Pupils)
What do you get if you set a homework on the theme of numbers in the medium of food?
PI R Squared
This Friday is International PI day, and these ideas come from the States, thanks to Ben’s Grandad! (even if he has a fabulous new take on spelling Hawea).
The 14 of March is International Pi day and here are some activities for Ben. Bring in some pies or pizzas and have the class measure the circumference and then the diameter and see if it comes up 3.14.
Compose a rhyme and song about Pi. Mention the circumference divided by the diameter. September 14 is 2Pi day.
Measure the circumference of the moon and divide it by the diameter? Measure the circumference of an eyeball and divide it by its diameter? Measure a bowl of vanilla ice cream and divide it by its diameter. Measure the diameter of a pumpkin and divide it by it diameter? Measure the circumference of a circle of Hiawia 4th graders and divide it by its diameter? Measure a bowl of sugar and divide it by its circumference. Call me if he can’t get these? Love Dad