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Almost Done. #ENG3U #ICS2O

Tomorrow, the Class of 2017 will walk the stage at the GCHS Commencement Ceremony. It’s hard to believe that these students were in Grade 9 four years ago. Often, it feels like it was yesterday.

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Just as hard to believe is that tomorrow marks the last day for about half of my ENG3U – Grade 11 English students. The departing half will be heading on the Outers Spring Trip where they will battle the bugs and the weather for eight days. As such, we have wrapped up most content in English. Students did an amazing job with their Independent Study Unit tasks, including writing some good literary essays and presenting some amazing work with their studies of The Canterbury Tales. The engaging discussions and participation made this task really worthwhile. The Final Exam for Outers is on Saturday, June 16 from 1pm-4pm. For everyone else, the exam is on Tuesday, June 27 from 10am-1pm.

The ICS2O – Grade 10 Computer Science class is working away at final culminating projects. Students are using their knowledge and experience from the course to create a final, original program using a programming language of their choice. I’ve seen adventure games and Magic 8-Balls in Python, fun action games in Scratch, and choose-your-own-adventure games in HTML/CSS. Students have six(!) more days to complete these projects as the course ends on Friday, June 23.

I’ve said this before, but I really want to thank my students for an awesome semester. I’m very privileged to have such engaging, enthusiastic, and entertaining people in my classroom. I wish all of my students the best with their final tasks as the semester wraps up. I also have mark updates available if students want to see me before the semester ends. Otherwise, thanks for a great Semester Two!

Wrapping Things Up in #ENG3U and #ICS2O

Hi! It’s already time to start wrapping things up for the semester – and school year. As of today, there are only 10 days of school left before exams. Monday is a PD Day, so that also breaks things up. In both English and Computer Science, students are well on their way to completing their final tasks.

ENG3U – Grade 11 University English: We are in the process of wrapping up a very short look at Beowulf, an important early English text that explores the idea of heroes. We also looked at how this epic connects with the other major texts from this semester. More importantly, students are presenting their Canterbury Tales independent study work. I’m looking forward to these presentations because this group is all about discussion, engagement, and creativity. A bulk of the class will be heading on the Outers Spring Trip after next week, so our class will be small for the final week of classes.

ICS2O – Grade 10 Computer Studies: Students have done a phenomenal job creating business websites. What really amazed me about this group was the ability of a few students to go above-and-beyond and include some actual scripts in their page, (if you’re not sure what these are, students used a language called Javascript, which controls some interactive/multimedia elements on a page.) Really, really cool. Here are some examples:

The class is now transitioning to the final culminating assignment for the course, which involves students choosing any programming language of interest and creating a game or program that meets specific criteria.

Make these next ten days count, folks! 🙂

Rocking Macbeth Presentations in #ENG3U

Today, three groups came together in ENG3U – Grade 11 English to present three scenes from Macbeth – Act 5. I have to say that I was pretty impressed with students’ commitment to the roles and the presentations.

The point of the assignment was to collaborate with group members to communicate an understanding of the scene’s lines, emotions, characters, themes, and actions. Here are videos of the three groups. Props to them for working through some minor hiccups:

Group 1: Macbeth – Scene 5.1

Group 2: Macbeth – Scene 5.3

Group 3: Macbeth – Scene 5.7

Thanks to this group of students for their creativity, their presentation skills, and their ability to work together to make Shakespeare entertaining (as it should be!) – you people rock!