Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thursday, 29 September 2016

1) Ron Berger was one of the opening speakers this morning. What a way to start the day! Ron has inspired my teaching in many ways, most especially with Austin's butterfly.

2) My first session was with Sara Hallermann and several teachers from Saint Mary's School (an all girls school) sharing ways to Foster the 4Cs using 4Cs rubrics. They shared a dynamic document to use when conducting a gallery walk. The main presentation was about their journey in applying the use of 4Cs Rubrics at their school site.

3) The Rio Team met and had a dialogue following the closing of the conference and we shared our big take-aways from EdLeader21.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

1) I was motivated all day, even though the day began at 2:15 AM in California and ended in Denver, Colorado at 9:45 PM.

2) I enjoyed many of the quotes and graphics shared today.

  • Tasks predict performance.
  • Ask students to DO something with what they KNOW.

3) The dialogues following the IGNITE talks were powerful! Here is a link to the Rio Igniters.

Roger Dowd mentioned Thinking Maps. I've got to find out more. 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

1) The day was spent at UCSB with the the Math Leadership group collaborating and planning leadership.

2) The math tasks were challenging, thought-provoking, and interesting. I didn't want to stop solving the problems.

3) I have a focus for Action Research in my classroom. What are the traits of confident learners versus learners who lack confidence? What does it look like in the classroom?

Monday, 26 September 2016

1) The weather was very hot, but the students collaborated, created, cared about their work, and used critical thinking without complaints.

2) We had a presentation on Boxing this morning in Creative Problem Solving.

3) There were productive discussions regarding the 13 and 17 year Cicada Problem. Students laughed as they discovered the convergence of the cycles would be long after the grandfather's life span. Students also stretched their comfort zones by using mental math to calculate the multiples of 13 and 17.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday, 23 September 2016

1) There were three presentations in Creative Problem Solving. I was impressed when a student who wasn't ready, went ahead with his presentation. They were all informative and easy to understand.
2) We learned how to use padlet today by providing answers to simple questions from this week's lesson.
3) It was a minimum day, so we continued our routine of Claim-Support-Question.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thursday, 22 September 2016

1. Students began learning Circles of Evaluation today in Creative Problem Solving. The fourth one is incorrect, but that's okay, because they are still learning.
2. Most students did the homework for least common multiples.
3. I used the Werewolves in the Forest Game to teach Claim-Support-Question today. Students were very engaged even when two students were trying to prove a claim.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

1) CPS students are making presentations about something they have a passion doing outside of school. We have heard about Redstone, Minecraft, Swimming, Climbing Trees, Soccer & Art. Here are some leaf pressings that were shared today and one of the videos about Minecraft from last week.

2) I used Quizizz today to foster discussion about some of our Science topics. Students loved it, everyone was on task, and the dialogue in class to prove answers was impressive.
3) Student transitions are becoming smoother each day.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

1) Thanks to a little help from my friends, most of the chairs at each table group match now.
2) Students explored rectangles and factor pairs and worked very efficiently together. (Notice the matching chairs in the video. And the finger in the upper right corner, sorry!)

3) I received this very nice email from a colleague who observed my classroom today.
Thank you for allowing me to visit your class. I love the movement and transitions of the students. I saw a lot of table group opportunities and student centered interaction. AWESOME!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday, 19 September 2016

Students were interested and on task for the Rectangular Array activity. Some students didn't understand "rectangular array" at first, but by the end, I think everyone understood.

Students are still sharing discoveries of 4 Fours. I would like to get the entire chart filled with equations.

I had an observer today who let me know that my transitions and timing looked really good to her. Now, if I could just fit everything I want into the 50 minute time slot, all would be fabulous!!!

Post Script:
Here are the results from the ongoing work with Four 4s...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Friday, 16 September 2016

Several people are working very hard to resolve a tech problem I'm having with CMP3.
The students presented models of the moon phases and the audience was excellent!
Students did the best job of the week when getting ready to leave at the end of the dya.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Every student completed the STAR Math test.
Students are getting better at retrieving and returning materials.


We had a pair reading activity and students were very engaged.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

I completed my required CMP3 training.
The discussions were in depth, meaningful, and thought-provoking. 
It was great seeing and working with my colleagues.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Student work is on display in the classroom.

A few students were able to give clear concise directions about an assignment that had some people confused. 
Most students had their agendas out without a reminder from me.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday, 12 September 2016

All of my tech help desk tickets have been taken care of!
We began the Earth, Sun, and Moon System today.
Students know my expectations and are getting better at meeting them.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday, 9 September 2016

The outline for the passion project demo was completed on time and students were good listeners.

Students were actively playing the Factor Game and some were discovering effective strategies for winning.

Our first Marker Mingle went really well. I was impressed with Period 4 students.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Students are helping each other and learning not to give answers.
I completed the Mandated Reporter course for the year.
I made a couple of screen cast videos that were helpful to colleagues and received compliments for my efforts.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Students really enjoyed the Factor Game.

Students walked to lunch nicely.
I think I smiled a little today. I'm so serious with the 50 minute periods, that I'm not smiling much. I saw myself in a video and I just sounded all serious no fun.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Students are lining up nicely and I'm remembering more names.
The Creative Problem Solvers are learning to work together. Today they worked on puzzles together.

As usual, I enjoyed the student observations.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Friday, 2 Sept. 2016

The CHAMPS voice levels are really working with my classes. Students walked very quietly to the library to get their math books today. They did an excellent job and the librarian was impressed.

Every student has a labeled CMP3 book! Yeah!

I really enjoyed the patterns students noticed in today's Inspirational Math Lesson. Sadly, I didn't have time to record their reasoning.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Thursday, 1 Sept. 2016

It's Thursday, does that count as a positive! I think so.

 I enjoyed hearing students ideas for Which One Doesn't Belong in Creative Problem Solving. I'm trying to figure out how to fit this in my 50 minute math class this year. I've always had 58 minutes or more and I find the 50 minutes flying by at top speed!

The students are responding to the Voice Level cueing system really well.
I used the computers with the students for the first time today. Almost all computers worked.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

The patterns that students noticed from the Week of Inspirational Math activity were interesting.

Everybody seems to be participating.
I shook hands with the students as they entered class.