Saturday, 9 February 2013

Kia ora and welcome to Room Sixteen, Nelson Intermediate's most awesome classroom. We had a great first week, getting to know each other, developing our collaborative skills and getting back into the swing of things. We enjoyed a range of activities, but probably the most important was the drafting of the class treaty. As Waitangi Day was on Wednesday, we took the opportunity to explore what we already knew about Waitangi Day.

From this starting point we explored some different texts to build our understandings of what is significant about Waitangi Day. By Friday we had worked in groups to devise our own classroom treaty, from which we selected the best ideas as a class and then drafted our own Treaty on a large tea stained scroll.

It was a momentous occasion, and it really set a great start to the year. Everyone had worked together to define the rules and we are all now bound by these rules and principles that are embedded in the classroom treaty.

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