Category Archives: videos

Emotional Basket Case

That’s the only way to describe Mr. Allen today. What happened? I even held it together last year when my son left Grade 5. And I’m going to be seeing most of the students in middle school next year anyway! Obviously, my inability to speak coherently and maintain composure is due to how much I LOVE this group of kids.

I made a HUGE oversight by not including the one-and-only Lexi in the Grade 5 video. Sorry Lexi! She happily re-recorded her memory for us and it is now included in the version below.

The kids and I were desperately looking for Ben and Karl’s video from the beginning of the year. We couldn’t find it, but I just did. Silly. Ridiculous. Genius. Here it is kids!

A huge thank you goes out to Tomas Molvidson for being our Room Parent this year, and to all the parents for helping make this class such a special one. Thank you for all of the gifts (that wine looks GOOD!) and all your support throughout the year.

For those leaving, stay in touch…PLEASE. And for everyone else, see you in August!

Happy summer!


The Lost Pete Bowers Chronicles

End-of-school clearing out also means clearing out old video. I found this deep in the archives of my phone. A glimpse of a very busy “day in the life” of Pete Bowers.

I’ll also take this opportunity to thank Pete and the rest of the amazing orthographic community for all they’ve done for our classroom over the last several years. Whether Old and Grouchy or young and downright giddy, each of you has absolutely changed who I am as a teacher, scholar, and person. I’m off to the middle school next year to teach math, but rest assured, orthography will also find a place in my lessons and investigations.

As for this blog, it isn’t going anywhere. I just may not be adding to it as I have the last few years. The videos will also remain, although I will no longer have the password and editing rights. I will contact the new teacher next year and request he/she take precautions to not delete any of our videos. If there is a video you would like to download, let me know and I will change the settings so you can do so.

I’m sure I’ll make a final post or two as we approach our final school day on Thursday. Until then!

Math Problem

We did this a few weeks ago. I’ve just been a bad blogger recently. Bad, bad blogger. My apologies.

The video shows kids being genuine mathematicians. Sharing ideas, debating, attempting to prove their solutions. Good fun…and probably the last video evidence of how well this group of students works together. At least for this school year!

Exhibition 2015

Well deserved congratulations are in order for our students after last night’s big event. They were obviously well prepared for last night’s presentations, and their enthusiasm was infectious. So much so, Noah’s dad said, “I feel like I’ve been to university!”