Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday, 19 October 2018


Students participating in Copy Cat. They had to give two student directions, one at a time to move one part of their body until both people were in the same pose. The directions got very detailed and students had the same poses quickly. 
Today we had a visit from Dr. Cordova during a math lesson on perimeter and area. Students were hardworking collaborators in action. The rewriting of definitions of perimeter was done well with many groups adding a visual component to enhance comprehension.
This was a gift from a student. We talk about growth mindset a lot in class when things get difficult. This had a double meaning for me today!

I was impressed with the engineering projects. I decided to link this to the Bumper Car Activity in the CMP3 Unit on Area. Students LOVED showing off their bumper cars to Dr. Cordova today.

Silent reading poses.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thursday, 18 October 2018

An excellent proof that two 2x2 tiles will not fill one 4x4 tile as the majority of students thought. 
Students had no trouble figuring out how to fit under tables for the earthquake drill. Yeah!
Everyone was really focused on their bumper cars. Design Process in action. Plans didn't work and had to be revised. 

Wednesday, 17 October 2018


It was a fun filled morning for the students. First they went to the library, then we were doing morning meeting with a game called Alibi, when we were reminded about the popcorn fundraiser assembly which was starting just then. So off we went to the cafeteria for the assembly. 

There was a DJ who was an absolute hoot! She had the students participate in a boys against girls "fill in the next line of the song" contest. The students were SO into it! I loved watching them.

Back in class, we finished the Alibi game and groans were heard as we transitioned to the next activity. They wanted another round!

During math, I've noticed that students are now more comfortable getting up to explain their thinking without worrying about mistakes. YEAH! We already have enough trust in the room to have an environment of true learning, learning that comes from mistakes. 

Mistakes in Math: Expected, Respected and Inspected

Juggling is also a big hit, but our unit has ended.

After school, I picked up a book at the library and a parent shared with me how excited her child is about going to school and participating in my class each day. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Students enjoyed the Morning Meeting. A few students used movie cowboy/girl accents when greeting with the tipped hat Western greeting. They also enjoyed the activity, Elevens.

Students played a Team Kahoot to practice area today. The dialogue around the room showed a variety of area comprehension.

I had a productive meeting with Dr. Cordova regarding a STEAM activity.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday, 12 October 2018

Worked with colleagues to develop CFAs! Hahaha, another acronym. You might be wondering what it means. Well, it means Common Formative Assessments.
#1 We got them done!

#2 I enjoyed meeting with my colleagues and sharing ideas.

#3 I had some time after we finished to share ways that I use Flipgrid and was impressed with some of the ones I hadn't yet viewed.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Today was Hip Hop Mindset Day. We only have this about once every three weeks for about 45 minutes. Most students enjoy it and today I joined in since I didn't have a bunch of aches and pains. I got extra steps by dancing.

Students got a HUGE kick out of my Australian camouflage bandages that I raffled off today.

Tonight was the main campus Rio del Sol Back to School Night. I got a chance to tour all of the classrooms and it was fun! Mrs. Burke and I helped out in the Book Fair as well. We made quite a good team.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

The students are getting very efficient at moving tables around the room so that we can have more space for activities. This morning they moved the tables in 1:53 and replaced them in 1:41. In the afternoon, students moved ALL of the tables in under 2 minutes! I don't know why the video is so pixelated.

Students were excited about the patterns in the Multiplication Tables and the ways that you can use those patterns.


About 10 students are juggling scarves. Five students are learning to juggle bean bags or balls and most students seem to be enjoying themselves.