Posted Jan. 9, 2018
My name is Ashly Griffin and I am a grade 2 teacher at St. Joseph Elementary School. I thought I would reach out to you to share a school wide project we are doing this week. It is called “The Most Magnificent Thing”. I was blessed with being one of the teachers to go to The Super Conference held last year in Vancouver. While I was there, I met the author and illustrator of the book “The Most Magnificent Thing,” Ashley Spires. She told us that this is more than just a book, and to allow it to spark ideas and creativity within our classroom. This book is about a little girl trying to create something magnificent, but things don’t seem to go her way. She gets frustrated, but she doesn’t give up. Here is a link if you would like to watch a read aloud of this amazing book:
The New curriculum in British Columbia has been redesigned to reflect a more inquiry based approach to learning. One of the main things the new curriculum focuses on is critical thinking. “Critical thinking is an approach to learning that involves analyzing, questioning and developing a plan, idea, product or thought. Rather than just memorizing new information, we are asking students to think, question and form their own ideas and opinions about what they are learning.” I did some online research of what we could do with this book, and found a school who did this project in Vancouver, and I thought it would be great for our whole school to do! I presented the book and the idea to the whole school at our assembly on Monday, January 8th. I asked each student to bring a box to school because we are going to be creating our very own Most Magnificent Things. The children are so excited to be hands on with their learning and share their projects with the school. We will be doing a school walk through of everyone’s projects from K-7 this Friday, January 12th at 12:45pm. If you would like to come and see a glance of what the new curriculum is offering to children in schools, please feel free to come and see the finished projects!