Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

1) The CPS Students received some notes about their Cardboard Carnival which they enjoyed thoroughly.



2) Almost all students have finished the 2nd Math Benchmark. Most have improved their explanations since the last test.

3) Our IT tech worked with me to solve a problem that popped up last week. All is working well now.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday, 30 January 2017

1) Today was Cardboard Carnival Day!

2) It's Benchmark time and students worked diligently on their tests.

3) Some of the Tinkercad designs are looking very detailed.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday, 27 January 2017

1) The cardboard projects are ready for an audience on Monday. I'm impressed by the detail the students have gone to in getting them ready.

2) A couple of students really took risks today in getting up in front of the class to explain a ratio problem. I was impressed. I also liked how one group started with an estimate of 50 cents a can and worked up from there.

3) The students are getting the hang of Tinkercad. One student was kind enough to produce a demonstration video.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Thursday, 26 January 2017

I dragged into school today after not getting enough sleep last night. I was on a negative ROLL in the teacher's lounge and...

1) A colleague reminded me of a student who goes out of the way on a regular basis to make sense of what is being presented and of doing a great job showing that she understands. That particular student was in my class last year, but the reminder got me thinking about the students I have THIS year who exhibit some similar characteristics. I needed this refocusing. Thanks ECB!

2) In Creative Problem Solving, one of my students was experimenting with Bootstrap coding to see about making a multicolored triangle. It didn't work, but it is inspiring to see this kind of experimentation!

3) A student made a video to help other students use Tinkercad efficiently.

On top of that, I was treated to a lunch of terrific tamales thanks to Julie Maria! And I have lunch for tomorrow, from another caring colleague!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

1) Some cardboard challenges are complete. I also adjusted my marble slide to make it work more regularly.

2) Students researched earthquake design in Science and were on task and using vocabulary such as tensile strength.

3) Today was the first computer return day and the 7th graders not only returned computers, but learned to solve a SET puzzle.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

1) During the drive to UCSB, I found out that I CAN discuss the Interim Comprehensive Assessment with my students!

2) I got a present of Happy Notes!

3) Powerful discussions about helping students develop the behaviors and actions to be problem solvers.


Heard about a new book.

Monday, 23 January 2017

1) All the 6th grade teachers came together at Period 1 to get all of the 6th grade computers checked out to students.

2) Students worked together to solve ratio problems and shared some interesting strategies. Next time I'll take photos.

3) Mary helped me get materials prepared for tomorrow's sub so that I could be a part of the Math Leadership (PLC) at UCSB.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday, 20 January 2017

1) It was a rainy day, but students listened and worked hard.

2) Students started playing with Tinkercad today to help with the design of their Earthquake Proof Buildings.

3) It stopped raining when it was time to deliver computers to their new homes.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday, 19 January 2017

1) Great progress on the cardboard challenge in CPS.

2) Students are improving on their communication and collaboration skills as they work on unit rate problems.

3) Students did a better job on transitions today.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

1) The spelling bee was today and a former student won with the word rheumatic. Other stunners that took this spelling bee to the 27 round were: phosphine, thaumaturge, interminableness, and recusant.

2) A student pointed out an error on a class poster today and showed how the error could be solved.

3) Students asked about other possibilities with our Earthquake Proof Building Foundation Trials. So we explored their ideas with a larger area under the building.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

1) Students in Creative Problem Solving began painting (applying glaze) to their pottery. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

2) Danielle Allessio from UMass Amherst sent me a thank you package.

3) The science investigations have students on the edge of their seats!

Investigation 4 Foundation Materials Trial 3 Sand

Friday, 13 January 2017

1) CPS students are using the Engineering Design Model for their cardboard structures which are slowly coming to fruition.

2) Math discussions continue to show me student thinking, confusion, and enlightenment. The students are getting better at telling each other what they are thinking. Their questioning skills are also improving. Some groups need more guidance to stay on topic, but overall the growth is showing.

3) Science demonstrations for our Earthquake Engineering Unit continue to impress.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Thursday, 12 January 2017

1) Everyone in CPS has finished their Brain Poster.


2) There were some excellent discussions about how to solve complex problems as students compared their written work. They were finding mistakes and articulating reasons for ways they were trying to solve the problems.

3) Students continue to be very interested in the Earthquake Proof Building Trials.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wednesday, 11 January 2016

1) I talked to several parents today and one shared a great story of her child paying attention to me in class.

Parent: You didn't do that the way I told you to.
Child: Ms. Townsley says that making mistakes is part of learning and it's okay if you make mistakes as long as you don't give up.

The parent shared that she couldn't stay upset after that and we both had a laugh. It was a nice start to the day.

2) Students learned to make better explanations for their work in math with a performance task about choosing gym memberships.

3) One of my administrators complimented me on my hard work and determination to do the best job possible.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

1) I started the day conversing with my principal about facilitating a morning Math Club at RdV. I am now in the planning stages.

2) The Cardboard Creations are coming around.

3) Working with the STEAM Team was productive.

Monday, 9 January 2017

1) The STEAM Team teachers put together our Earthquake Simulators and I was able to get one demo in today.

2) I left my bifocals at home and they were delivered to me in the afternoon.
3) CPS students are getting their cardboard projects put together and are solving problems with how to cut cardboard and how to get the cardboard to stick together.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday, 6 January 2017

1) The materials for our earthquake demo arrived today. Thanks Leslie!

2) One of my Creative Problem Solvers made an instructional video for our new Pacing Bookmark.

3) Creative Problem Solvers worked on making models for their future cardboard challenges.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Thursday, 5 January 2017

1) Dr. Puglisi and Mr. Rescigno visited Period 5 to introduce students to our pilot Learning Priorities Project based on metacognition. Students will self-evaluate and provide evidence for their evaluations. Progressive thinking is happening here! 

2) CPS students began making models for their cardboard projects. They got the idea from Caine's Arcade.

3) I finished scoring the Interim Assessments and found a MARS Task to help students develop skills to better tackle Performance tasks.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Wednesday, 4 January 2017 ArtBot (Robots)

1) Students were given one class period to design a robot that would create art.

2) In math, students worked together solving problems with fractions using Fog Stone Isle, which is a building simulation. I was impressed by the discussions as I circulated the room.

3) In Science, students are learning about Earthquakes and were very interested in the recent 7.2 quake near Fiji.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

1) I received an AMAZINGLY affirming email from a previous student.

2) A few months ago, I helped out with some research for Post-It®, today I received a box in the mail with the following goodies! 

3) I'm impressed by how attentive the students are during videos and when asked to discuss what they learned.

FYI:  A friend gave me two boxes of pencils as a New Year Present!