In the lead-up to this year’s Wonder Expo, the Grade 7 boys enjoy a “Wonder Wednesday” every week in order to build curiosity and excitement about the world around them.
Today’s theme was hexaflexagons! I’m pretty sure this is going to be a big hit because the boys were so fascinated and excited by the idea. Here are the two videos we watched:
And here is a tutorial if you’re keen to make your own!
Today was the first Film Festival of the year, and we chose to show a hilarious and creative short film by John Weldon called The Hungry Squid. If you missed today’s event, you can watch it online by clicking on the picture below. You won’t regret it!
Credit: National Film Board of Canada
Today we welcomed our final Human Library guest of the year – Jeremy McKay, a.k.a. Mr. Yoyo Thrower! Nary a teacher can walk down the hall at St. George’s without risking a minor concussion: yo-yos are far and away the biggest fad this year. While some teachers might consider them an annoyance or health hazard, it’s hard to deny the benefits of learning tricks: physics, hand-eye coordination, concentration and practice. Jeremy, whose day job is a Grade 2 teacher, leads the Vancouver Yo-yo club and has competed at the national and international levels!
Jeremy met with groups of avid yo-yoers and explained the different types of yo-yos, and taught a few tricks. It was a really fun afternoon!
Melanie Knight, Marine Biologist, Sea star nerd, aquarium founder & TED presenter visited our school to participate in the Human Library.
You can check out Melanie’s TedxTalk here: https://youtu.be/iNnAViq_6nk
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I don’t have any empirical data for this, but I would estimate that I utter (yell?) the phrase “put that yo-yo away!” about 24,736 times a week. Yo-yos are BIG this year at St. Georges. (For the record: I am very pro yo-yo, but very anti reckless-swinging-around-the-library-where-things-can-get-knocked-over.)
Well. If you can keep a secret, I’m going to let something very exciting slip: an upcoming Human Library guest is a yo-yo guru! Jasper in Grade 5 – so often the recipient of my entreaties above – asked if we could invite the current world champion to the school. Unfortunately, Gentry Stein does not live locally, but we’ve secured an awesome yo-yo expert from right here in Vancouver! We’re still working out details so can’t tell you too much yet, but he gave me the heads-up that the Canadian Yo Yo Championships are being held on March 28th at Taylor Park Elementary School! More information can be found here.
If you’re new to the yo-yo craze, check out Gentry Stein’s world championship routine below. It’s incredible!