Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday, 31 October 2016

1) It's always a highlight seeing the costumes!

2) Students were good listeners and participated appropriately during math.
3) Most students have uploaded a reading sample in Science. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday, 28 October 2016

1) I subbed for another teacher during Period 1 and got to read aloud from Maniac Magee, which was fun!

2) All students finished their Final Exam for Prime Time. (Our math unit.)

3) Students worked together in Science to annotate an article about Measurement.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday, 27 October 2016

1) Science students were very attentive during the video about scaling our solar system.

2) Students were very attentive while completing the

SEP Simulations from The Solar System.

3) Several students helped put chairs up after class since we ran out of time at the end of the day.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

1) Today was Wear Red Day for Red Ribbon Week, but it is also Wear a College Shirt every Wednesday. Our team ROCKED IT!
In my Period 2 class, 42% of students wore red. 
In Periods 3/4, 42% of students wore red. 
In Periods 5/6, 37% of students wore red.

2) My CPS students organized the headphones and explored programming with strings.

3) Students got excited about the homework I designed for math tonight. It has art to go with the math.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

1) I enjoyed reading student responses on an Edpuzzle assignment. Here was one that made me smile this morning.
"I found interesting that you cant bring soda in space or it will make your stomach hurt and you will throw up. I choose this fact because if my friends dad or someone from her family member wants to go to space you can tell them not to bring soda."

2) CPS students designed the door for Red Ribbon Week.

3) Students worked online to show comprehension of distributive property using an Edpuzzle. A highlight was seeing how engaged they were while completing the assignment.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday, 24 October 2016

1) CPS students found all 6 sets in under 3 minutes.

2)  While leaving Science class today, one of my students, PC, said, "This is my favorite class."

3) Students recorded audio of a science text.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday, 21 October 2016

1) CPS students are beginning an Inquiry Project about Origami and are learning how to make a google site. They were on task and helping each other with their Origami walruses today. Several finished.

2) Several students turned in some late work rather than not turning it in at all.

3) Students are learning to annotate electronically.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday, 20 October 2016

1) CPS students brainstormed the following question
How can math skills be shown using origami?

Their answers were impressive!

Calculate the measurements from a small piece of paper to make a larger piece of paper. So, you can make your own large origami paper.

You can see the angles: like acute angles, right angles, and obtuse angles.

You can make different things out of origami paper and then shape it different ways to help you learn geometry. Understand length, width, fractions, 3D,
You can use it to understand arithmetic by adding sides,

Learn vocabulary: vertex, triangle, edge, sides, angles, diagonally, overlapping, intersecting, apex, congruent

2) I enjoyed an air-conditioned lunch in another classroom since mine was 88 degrees and higher today. For that half hour, I enjoyed the feeling of a back free of sweat dripping down it.

3) I attended the VCMC Mini-Conference with Mr. Guzman, Mr. Nelson, Mrs. Navarro, and Mrs. Maddox. Mrs. Navarro shared that students in her class often say, "I learned that in Ms. Townsley's class!" That made my day!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

1) I had a productive and fulfilling meeting to begin the day.

2) CPS students worked on their Bootstrap project today and it looks like help is on the way regarding the Donors Choose update.

3) It got up to 88 degrees in the classroom and the students plugged right along with no complaints.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

1) I spent the day with several talented educators.

2) We identified many resources for teaching about gravity.

3) Materials are being ordered for science so our students will soon be doing more hands-on science.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday, 17 October 2016

1) Creative Problem Solvers got their Bootstrap workbooks today and completed several pages including some Circles of Evaluation and racket code.

2) Students made foldables to help remind them of the importance of Ordering Operations.

3) Since the triple beam scale was not able to accurately weigh Container C, students figured out how to find the weight by separating the contents into two containers. Then they discovered that they would have two container weights. So, while trying to solve that problem a student stated, 
"You are going to subtract the weight of container B from container C, because you weighed two containers instead of one."

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday, 14 October 2016

1) CPS students all posted blogs today!

2) Students participated appropriately during our math lesson on distribution and order of operations.

3) Not only did students complete portions of their lab sheet about mass versus weight, but one student helped with measurement of the containers.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thursday, 13 October 2016

1) We had a fire drill and students followed directions well and were rewarded with a chance to learn my rules to Mancala. 

2) Students were discovering how to look at area using the Distributive Property.

3) Students were very interested in the contents of our containers for the mass and weight lesson in Science.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

1) I can take sample AR quizzes!

2) The "Observe Like a Scientist" Lesson was practically perfect. 

3) The day is over. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

1) I was impressed by the responses of my CPS students regarding the digital citizenship video I showed today, so that was a high point. They commented about how they are using the security features on social media sites.

2) Several students discovered the perfect square connection regarding the 1000 locker problem. They were not sure why it worked though.

3) In Science today, we discussed scale. Students watched several videos and tried to make connections to better understand scale. The students were very attentive and regardless of their reading or writing levels, students wrote about what they thought. Since I'm focusing on the positive, I will not worry too much about false statements at this time.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday, 10 October 2016

1) Visitors observed students engaged in a problem solving task. Students were engaged and didn't seem to be bothered by having so many adults in the room.

2) There were many different ways that students tried in order to solve the Locker Problem. It was interesting to see the problem solving strategies, hear the different ideas, and see the varied diagrams, as I walked around the room.

3) I was very impressed with the students in both classes that had visitors today. They were participating, listening, and responding in ways that made me proud to be their teacher.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Friday, 7 October 2016

1) CPS students began the process for blogging.

2) Students worked together to better understand Prime Factorization.

3) In Science students reviewed videos about gravity and wrote one to three sentence summaries which they shared in a padlet. Both Period 4 and Period 6 students were very engaged. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thursday, 6 October 2016

1) Students are using the 4Cs with an origami activity. Very motivated, on task, helpful students. The challenge was to keep hands off other people's origami. If someone needed help, the "expert" had to explain without touching. This turned out to be quite a challenge, but was overcome.

2) I used the KleenSlates with students today to assess how each individual student was comprehending Prime Factorization. It's a great way to get everyone working and to easily see who might need help.

3) Students read aloud in Science today about gravity. They did an excellent job with choral reading.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

1)  I introduced CPS students to Classcraft and they can hardly wait for me to use it!

2) The discussions regarding Factor Strings were productive and as I walked around, everyone seemed to be participating.

3) Students worked on an EdPuzzle about gravity and started writing summaries about their findings.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

1) CPS students worked on using the code from their Circles of Evaluation within the WeScheme platform. They were very attentive and didn't let mistakes stand in their way. Great displays of growth mindset.

2) We are trying to wrap up a performance task in Science. It's complicated but students are discussing, creating, revising, and learning. I need to halt the process since it has taken so much longer than planned, but it's great to see the students so engaged. 

3) The factor string activity discussions were powerful. As I walked around the room, students were using mental math to solve the problems and their explanations were good. For example, 30 x 12 = 360 because 3 x 12 = 36 so since 30 is 10 time larger,  the new product will be 10 times larger.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monday, 3 October 2016

1) Some students actually admitted missing me last week!
2) CPS students are diving deeper into Circles of Evaluation.

3) CPS students solved all six of the SET puzzles for the first time today and did so in less than three minutes!

Saturday, 1 October 2016 Special Report EdCampHESD

I attended Hueneme Elementary's EdCamp at E. O. Green Junior High.

1) The first session shared many ideas for promoting a growth mindset in the classroom. You can see the notes here.

2) Everyone got a cookie and I won a prize!

3)  I had a chance to share ideas with teachers from other districts as well as my own.

Friday, 30 September 2016

1) Enjoyed a conversation with Ken Kay during a very nice breakfast provided by EdLeader21.

2) We visited Mesa Middle School to learn about their application of the 4Cs and 21st Century skills.
Visiting, learning, collaborating in Castle Rock.
3) I enjoyed visiting math, language arts, and special education classrooms. One teacher shared a 4Cs communication rubric.