Panglossian is an adjective meaning characterized by or given to extreme optimism, especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity. Each day I list three positive aspects of that work day.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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