Thursday, November 24, 2011

How persuasive are your writing skills?

Missy's class have been participating in weekly pre2 Video Conference sessions with another class from a nearby school. This was aimed at improving the students persuasive writing skills through public speaking. Each week six students from each class would present a persuasive exposition on a topic of their choice. One person was chosen as the round winner and sent through to the finals.

Well Missy was chosen as a round winner by her peers and the other school and was very excited and a little nervous about the next round.
Missy's persuasive talk was about "Teachers should let kids dance everyday at school" she outlined the wonderful benefits of it by presenting her speech using her Dynavox V-Max accompanied by wonderful hand and arm actions to enforce her message.
As the morning arrived that Missy was to travel to the other school, she was signing she had butterflies and couldn't eat all her breakfast. She never looked back though and faced her nerves head on, she has actually scheduled to go first and presented her speech beautifully.

Missy was very pleased with herself and so she should be , it takes some courage getting up in front of people you don't know and present a speech on a communication device that others may not be familiar with.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Artshow

Missy's love of drawing and painting would consume every minute of every day if I let it but there is homework to do amongst other things.
Recently Missy's determination and passion for drawing was rewarded when her pastel landscape was selected to represent the school at a combined school Art Show.
Missy is proudly pictured at the Art Show in front of her picture.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I'm back

Apologies it been a while since I blogged.
My computer crashed and was away for a while getting fixed, luckily all my information was saved.
We have had numerous appointments at home with the wheelchair technician to finalised Missy's new powerchair and it's still not finished. It will be great when it's finished and as we finalising the infrared, bluetooth capabilities and a few other bits and pieces, at least she is driving it and it is now going to school.
The kids think it's great how it goes up and down and the colour is very cool. So far we have the infrared control working the TV operated by the joystick and once we get a bluetooth adaptor for the Dynavox, the wheelchair joystick can control the Dynavox also.
Stayed tuned I still need to blog about the school excursion, the Carcoar Cup, Persuasive talk competition and a few other events.