Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday, 18 September 2017

Knight Solvers (CPS) are working hard to complete their display of Cardboard techniques for building.

Math students came up with some good questions for a lesson about Prime and Composite Numbers. There are questions leading me to believe that some students already have a grasp on these numbers.
This was the image displayed to students. 

These are the questions...
I wasn't sure about completing an onion cell and cheek cell lab in one 50 minute period, but the students were such good workers, scientists and listeners that we did it! Each lab has 4 students. 2 students set up a slide with a thin layer of onion cell and the other two students set up one slide with cheek cells. I dropped dye on each sample and students then placed the slip cover on the slide and took a look. After 7 minutes, I had students switch to the other microscope at their lab station and look at the other sample. They were taking notes and had to clean everything up before the bell. They did it!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday, 15 September 2017

Today went by quickly since it was a minimum day.

The students had fun with their first in Science. They learned my routine for how to do it and followed directions well. All students have to agree before an answer is chosen and they must listen to the person who is giving the answer. Today's quizlet was about microscope parts.

At the end of the day attendance has to be completed quickly since we only have 5 minutes to return computers. So, I am now having students get the card with their name and put it at their seat before returning computers. Then I just read the names off the remaining cards and mark those students absent. (Unless someone says, "I forgot to get my card!")

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Today I spent several hours with my 6th grade science colleagues discussing how best to implement the NGSS Integrated. Some of my questions regarding use of STEMScopes were addressed. We were able to share ideas and Beth shared on online microscope. We all had a chance to use the microscopes in the room and I felt that my lessons on cells have been effective.

My homeroom students found 5 of 6 SETS in less than 4 minutes.

Back to School Night was exciting and I enjoyed seeing so many parents of this year's students.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Knight Solvers spent some time trying to get into our stuck glue bottles. Several of them were usable by the end of class.

Students used padlet to share their ideas of what they thought was the most important part of the video, Seeing the Invisible. They only had three minutes, so I'm impressed that several students were able to log in, find the padlet, AND write a response.


Students learned how to play Four In A Row Integers. They were on task and interested. I saw some definite strategies for winning while walking around.

Students wrote summaries about the video Austin's Butterfly. Eight minutes of silent writing. I was impressed with the attention to the task at hand as I walked the room. Some of the summaries are retellings, but almost every student was able to write a few details about the video and why it is important to them as science students. 



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Knight Solvers (CPS) found all 6 sets in under 2 minutes!

Most students have returned their Lab Safety Contract and are learning to use the microscopes properly.

 During Math, students worked with partners to learn about factors by playing a factor game.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday, 11 September 2017

The Science lab was much cooler than the classroom.

Period 5 Science students really followed directions well and were able to prepare a simple slide to see how the microscope works.

Period 7 used prepared slides to look at an e and a flea.

Several classes had 100% attendance.

The day went by so quickly, I didn't have time to take photos!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Friday, 8 September 2017

Three positives I started a lesson on microscopes. One class went to the lab today and we learned a bit about using it properly. The other group stayed in the classroom and we managed to get one slide prepared. Most students were able to look in the microscope. I really enjoyed some of the responses. Hopefully I'll figure out how best to use the time soon.

Knight Solvers solved ALL of the SET puzzles in under 3 minutes. 

Yet again, staff members come to my rescue with copies (since my printer doesn't work).

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Knight Solvers (CPS) improved their SET completion by one today. They solved 5 of 6 of the SETS.

 Students were having some difficulty lining up the past couple of days. I didn't say anything to them about it today when I saw a mixed up line, I just walked into the classroom and back outside and saw these lines.

It's the 12th day of school and the students are already choral reading together. It was AMAZING!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

I introduced the QFT (Question Formulation Technique) in Science today using a strategy that I'd never tried before. I used different parts of incomplete text in each of the 7 groups in my class. The text was the impetus for the question formulation. The results speak for themselves. I now have a bank of student generated questions to help drive our unit on Cells. (Mr. Godoy, our district videography, filmed one of the classes in action so that it can be shared with other teachers.)
My Creative Problem Solvers were able to solve 4 of the 6 SETS today. They only have about 3-4 minutes each day at the end of class to try and find the SETS.

Today the math students generated lists of things they don't like when working in groups. The posters are a result of THINK-WRITE-SHARE.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

At 7:15 am it was 80 degrees, I opened all the top windows and both doors and turned on the three fans I have in the classroom. I was hoping it would cool down by 8:23, but it didn't. It just got hotter all day. It was 84 degrees at the end of the day. The positive is that I stayed all day and did my best to keep kids working!

Creative Problem Solvers worked on their first Get It Together group problem. They didn't get it built, but some students got close. The conversations were good. Some students understood

Students seem to be getting more comfortable with sharing work that has mistakes. This is a big hurdle at the beginning of the school year. 

Many of my colleagues knew I was feeling out of sorts this morning and provided all kinds of moral support and morale boosting statements. Thanks team!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday, 1 September 2017

I had a chance to talk about patterns today and finding growth. I was impressed with the way students explained how to make the patterns. Their explanations improved as I did exactly what they said and they didn't agree with my drawing. 

Today I did the first Marker Mingle (Chalk Talk) of the year to find out what my students know about cells. The idea is that students write silently for 5 minutes about everything they know about cells. They can also draw pictures. We discussed the importance of respecting student's ability levels, knowledge, and spelling skills. Since this is an introduction, I wasn't expecting much knowledge of cells. However, it's nice to see that some students already have a knowledge base from which to build. 

It was 88 degrees in the classroom today and the students produced what you see here. That's impressive!