Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday, 17 November 2017

Today was Turkey Trot Friday with an ASB Rally and Time Machine Dress Up Day. The teacher's had the most inventive costumes.

Several homeroom students helped organize the very sloppy computer cart!

Royal Solvers tried the No Hands Cup Stacking since I missed seeing them do it yesterday. 

Students learned how to play mancala since I only met with one math group today.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

My computer return class solved SET in less than one minute! The morning students had trouble with it but finally solved it in just under 3 minutes with my accidental help.

Math students continued to work well together to understand the Distributive Property.

Science Cell posters are concrete evidence of group collaboration.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

I remembered to make new Google Classrooms for Trimester 2 and almost all students are signed up.

In Math, we did a sorting activity to help students visualize Distributive Property. One of my most challenging groups figured everything out quickly and finished two bags worth of the sorting. I was very proud of them.

Later, in science, I had another sorting activity. This was required students to use logic to determine whether the information on the cards referred to Cells, Plants, or Animals. Students were very attentive and I heard some good arguments for why they were sorting things a particular way. Two groups finished.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday, 13 November 2017

CPS solved SET in less than 2 minutes.

Math students worked together on a complicated problem and learned about collaboration.

Students used manipulatives and were careful with them. We didn't lose any cubes. Period 7 solved the locker problem. One student noticed the number of lockers between open lockers was going by twos. The class looked at factors and noticed a pattern of 1 x 1, 2 x 2, 3 x 3, etc.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Some of my students came in before school and dusted the Interactive TV, the cart, and a very dusty counter. When they finished, they used the blocks to make a design.
Royal Solvers found all 6 SETS but the Computer Return class could only find 5 of the 6.

Several boys finished some cell research and helped staple some copies of Cell information for next week's classes.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Royal Solvers had a guest speaker today. They listened attentively and participated appropriately for 91% of the time. As soon as they heard the clean up bell, some started shuffling through backpacks while the geologist was speaking. There were some interesting demonstrations of water solubility that interested the students.

I received an amazing email from a very supportive colleague who knows that I've been a little down about student performance lately. It included the following messages...

The computer return class solved SET again in under 3 minutes. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

A few of my students are learning about slope equations using Desmos Marbleslides. They are impressing me.

The Computer return students solved SET in 2 minutes 58 seconds.

A few teachers met with a parent of a shared student and had a productive and very positive conference.