MYP

From Grade 6 2 7

The 5 Finger Contract

From Grade 6 2 7

From Grade 6 2 7

After my trip to grade 6 camp, I have an idea of what grade seven will be like. We will have separate teachers for each subject. I must adjust myself to each teacher’s style of educating. Because we will be having numerous classes, I may receive a somewhat heavy amount of homework. Managing my time in between classes will be a vital part of grade seven, too.

Next year, we will be working with the Middle Years Programme. The PYP and MYP are very similar; the disciplines are the same. However, there are some differences. First, there is the A.O.I. (area of interaction) instead of the U.O.I. (unit of inquiry). The A.O.I. consists of four topics: Community and Service, Human Ingenuity, Health and Social Education, and Environments. The five essential elements from the U.O.I. can be applied to these. For example, Community and Service along with Environments involves action. Human Ingenuity has to do with knowledge, thinking and research skills. Health and Social Education connects to the social, self management and communication skills from the U.O.I. In P.E., we will play diversified games that improve our game play skills. There will be many new and inviting changes to our regular school routines.

Even though there may be some ‘bumps on the road’, I’m still glad to be transitioning to grade seven. I’m looking forwards to getting to know my teachers better. I enjoy the thought of the having the opportunity to read at recess. I feel that once we enter middle school, we are given more freedom to do as we please, more freedom to do our favourite activities, and more freedom to hang around anywhere in the school. I hope that my seventh grade experience will be as good as my sixth grade experience, and hopefully even better!

The 5 Finger Contract

The 5 Finger Contract

Safety
Safety is important. Safety is necessary. Safety prevents unpredictable accidents from happening. While I was on the high ropes, I didn’t try anything that I felt unsure about. I chose something that I felt confident with. Stepping outside of our comfort zone is a great thing, but it should not be done when we don’t feel confident enough in doing it.

Commitment
During my group’s turn for orienteering, my team members took a shortcut through a steep, sloping area. I didn’t want to follow them, because I knew I would soon become exhausted. I went another way by myself, and I was committed to reaching my group and finding the next letter in the puzzle. It was raining cats and dogs that day – I looked like a drowned rat!

Respect
I respected others when we were sleeping in our cabins at night. Some of the people in my room spoke quietly to each other (including myself). Sometimes our voices would get too loud, so I reminded everyone that others are sleeping. Throughout the trip, I tried to be as respectful as I could.

Encouragement
I think that encouragement is important, especially when one of your friends is feeling glum. I know that at the climbing wall, I chose the difficult route to start with. After a few tries, I started to lose my motivation. However, the people cheering me on helped me get over that, and I had a few more attempts before I came down.

Fun
Even though I don’t typically like outdoor school, I tried to have fun. Towards the end of the trip, things became mediocre, but I still went along with the activities and did what I was asked. I’m not used to the outdoors and hiking, but I still enjoyed the journey. It was quite educational. I hope I enjoy next year’s camping trip even more than this year’s!

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