Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Curren OSD Garden

This morning the 6th grade Rio del Sol STEAM teachers visited Curren School in Oxnard. Jennifer & Melissa shared their journey with the three garden areas at the school. The larger garden is full of native California plants and the vegetable planters are in a completely different part of the campus to avoid cross-contamination.



Questions: Gardening is time-consuming, are all teachers on board for caring for the garden?
How involved will the students be? Should all students participate? Will we compost? Or do what Curren does with their garden waste? (OSD maintenance collects the trimmings and delivers it to Agromin and they get compost for free when needed.) 

Comment: It was sad to hear that after all students had learned about the native plants, they still wondered why the grass was removed to allow for that special garden. Also, many people think the native plant garden looks "sloppy" compared to grass. Our society is SO disconnected from nature. I enjoyed meeting Jennifer and reacquainting with Melissa (met at EdCamp) and hearing about their process. It was wonderful of them to share. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday, 15 June 2018



Erica gave me a lovely going away note and gift first thing this morning!

Today was my last RdV PD. It was fun! We discussed ELD strategies with Betsy Pegler.
Surrounded by talented teachers!
Thanks to Stefanie Terrazas for the AMAZING cake pops! I will totally miss them.


 I really feel loved today!

This is it! Heather Parks helped me get the final mess organized, packed, thrown out, or given away.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

I felt very honored by the gifts wishing me well.

For the past several years, I have shared my shark jaw collection on the last day of school. It has always been a hit. This year, students had fun with a Kahoot about Sharks. They LOVED it!


 Mr. and Mrs. Cantada shared some Filipino food with the staff.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The last of the Genius Presentations were today and showed that the students learned quite a bit during their project. One was about dog walking and another about art. The dog walking group learned about dog psychology!

Today was the end of the year height reveal. The largest growth was 3.25 inches. The least was .25 inches.


Even though we didn't have computers, enough students had smart phones so that partners could test their plant knowledge with a Kahoot!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

The CPS students made their Genius Hour Presentations today. I really LOVED this video! This group learned how to use an editing tool in order to voice over their original video.



I showed students how to play Circle Solitaire in Math. It was interesting to watch how some students were getting frustrated right away and others were determined to solve the puzzles.







Flowers were due today and some students really showed their understanding of the reproduction of flowers.









Monday, June 11, 2018

Monday, 11 June 2018

Several students helped remove things from the walls and took the staples out of everything.



Some students get a kick out of it when I take an AR test after reading one of our library books. So I took one for The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

The students continued to work on the Flower Engineering project. They were very attentive. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

CMC South 2017

The CMC South Conference was a big success. These are the questions from my QFT activity.