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.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Science Carnival 2017

Rio School District hosted the CSUSI Science Carnival for 2017. It was a windy Saturday afternoon and evening, but fun was had by all. I arrived at 3:30 for the SEEL event. I received a name badge and a map and started exploring. I met several colleagues along the way, stored many links to activities via the digital codes, and collected science tidbits to take home. I even saw a previous student who is president of a Science Club at Pacifica H.S. I now need to see how some of the activities can best fit our curriculum and standards. I was particularly interested in the DNA extraction from a strawberry!
Ivory soap in the microwave:

Making bubbles with CO2
Artifacts that could be used to teach about early civilizations. Colleen teaches archeology at CSUCI and she or her students can bring artifacts to our students studying early civilizations. Touching tools that are over 3000 years old was exciting!



Making smoke rings with a smoke machine. However, the wind was not helping. 

Meeting up with colleagues. 

Enjoying Sodium Alginate worms.



I was also able to make my own lip balm with beeswax.

Monday, 6 November 2017

The day started with a good parent conference.

Period 7 was attentive and on task throughout the day.

Students in CPS had fun with flipgrid. They also solved SET in 2:18.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday, 3 November 2017

Royal Solvers used Flipgrip today to tell about hobbies.

I had perfect attendance in math classes today so students were able to take the district required STAR Math test. Most students scored higher than last time.

Several students are learning about slope using desmos.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thursday, 2 November 2017

On today's skill quiz, the majority of the students scored well above 50%.

Students are still sharing their halloween candy with me.

Students were very engaged with the factor strings lesson in math.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

I received an email from the principal including a letter she received from Brown University about my use of Bootstrap in Creative Problem Solving.

Students took notes about factors in their Interactive Notebooks using the ideas I learned at CMC-South. They all tried their best although some are still having difficulty putting their words in writing.

Some of my science students made some interesting connections between everyday objects and cells.

And on top of that, several students shared some of their Halloween candy with me!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Happy Halloween!  The students are loving this holiday.
There are many teachers in fun costumes as well. I wore the after marathon outfit.



And to top it off, they completed the Youth Truth survey.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday, 30 October 2017

Both Royal Solvers and Computer Return classes found all 6 SETS in under 3 minutes.

Every student was reading silently during SSR.

Students followed directions during a guided discussion with their partners, took notes, and learned a new strategy for understanding information.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thursday, 26 October 2017

My day started with a very positive meeting with my principal. Thanks Dr. Peralta!

It wasn't as hot today (81degrees) as it has been PLUS we were able to conduct classes in the air-conditioned library.

The Royal Solvers did it again! They found some amazing connections on the pattern we studied a few days ago.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Unfortunately, the day started with an 80 degree classroom. Fortunately, the librarian let us have Silent Reading in the air-conditioned library. Mrs. Barnes gave us a chance to enjoy AC later in the day as well.

Students worked on topic sentences for a Claim Evidence Reasoning activity. There were several good sentences.

Scores on the absolute value Quizizz were up today.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

I took a couple AR tests since the students have a responsibility to earn 10 points each month. Now I've got 24 AR points!

Mrs. Guzik and I are collaborating on Ceramics so that the Royal Solvers can work with clay.
We had a paint mishap when a student shook the paint and the lid wasn't on firmly. Several students came to the rescue and did an EXCELLENT job cleaning up the mess.  It was a BIG mess! This video is before the mess.


The outside temperature got over 100 degrees outside my classroom. It was 85 in the room. Period 7 students were able to work in a classroom with AC. Thanks Mrs. Barnes!





Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday, 23 October 2017

My classroom was way cooler than it was outside! I was dripping with sweat, but for some reason, the room was around 82 degrees while it was 99 degrees outside. I kept the doors closed all day.



Students worked hard in math! Number sense, math quiz via Quizizz, and a Cicada problem with prime numbers. Bell to bell in the warm room. They were rock stars!!!

Students from homeroom finally have the system figured out for checking out chargers. It's working really well.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday, 20 October 2017

Royal Solvers came up with some excellent questions about water for their upcoming water project. 
Anton got the part as the scarecrow in the upcoming Wizard of Oz production!

Two of my classes found all 6 SETs today. CPS found them in under a minute and I thought their cheers would blow off the roof! Computer return students solved them in under 3 minutes and were also very thrilled.

Students followed directions well in math as I guided them in a ratio lesson.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Thursday, 19 October 2017


Students continued working on the Ferris Wheel Problems. Unfortunately it is taking a long time. Fortunately group discussions are productive and students are working toward understanding the problem and solution.


Students wore red to help support Red Ribbon Week. It's exciting to see the students feel part of something bigger than themselves.

Royal Solvers found all 6 sets in under 2 minutes 10 seconds. They get so excited when they find them all. 


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

There were some effective discussions in math classes today. I asked one group to videotape their solution so everyone could learn from it. 


During the Science Presentations, there were several mistakes, but students were comfortable changing the mistakes so future presentations will be better. Growth mindset was apparent. I'm really trying not to dwell on the fact that

Hugs not Drugs Day with Stuffed Animals!