Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thursday, 15 June 2017

1) We were treated to pastries, fruit, and juice by the admin at our morning meeting.

2) The reflections about the school year were thoughtful. We discussed successes and ways to improve. The staff was upbeat and a great way to end the year on a positive note.

3) RTA provided lunch from the Olive Garden.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

1) Students were attentive throughout the presentations about sharks. They respectfully held them and were careful with all of the jaws, shark eggs, and teeth.

2) An 8th grader brought me a gift and thanked me for a great 6th grade math and science experience.

3) One of my 6th graders wrote a heartfelt letter thanking me for the interesting math and science lessons this year.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

1) Two of the CPS students complete their games. One can be seen here. The students used Racket code to make their games.

2) All of my students shared their reasons for not using tobacco products. They were respectful of each other and had good reasons.

3) Students learned about bisecting vertices with their Kaleidocycles.

Monday, 12 June 2017

NGSS Integrated Science Professional Development

1) 6th grade won't be teaching Astronomy and Gravity next year!

2) I was able to take a walk and solve a traffic problem during lunch.

3) My colleagues put together some dynamic hyperdocs to help organize instruction next year.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday, 9 June 2017

1) The level of energy while working on the Bootstrap game was high. One student was going around to help others fix problems with their code.

2) Almost all students finished their Science Benchmark. I am finished correcting all that were available online for scoring.

3) I use a couple of minutes at the end of class again for WODB. Results...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thursday, 8 June 2017

1) One student has almost mastered the Bootstrap game in CPS! Students solved the SET in 1:10 this morning.

2) We are still Benchmark Testing for Science and students who have finished are politely working on their computers solving desmos puzzles or completing missing assignments.

3) I had a chance to sneek in another WODB. The students really enjoyed this one.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

1) More of the Bootstrap games are getting completed each day. Students are helping each other and not giving up when they get an error in their code. It's impressive.

2) After Benchmark testing I shared the insights from yesterday's WODB from Period 5 with students from Period 3 and the P3 students found even more differences in the shapes. They started focusing on the interior fractional parts of the shapes.

3) The students in attendance worked quietly to complete their Science Benchmark.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

1) Half of the CPS Students have the background, player, danger, and target in their video game. They are working on resizing things.

2) I marked height differences for all of the students in my math and science classes. Most students grew more than an inch and a half and the most growth was three inches!

3) I've been setting the timer for 5 minutes before the bell and that allowed time for a quick WODB session. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday, 5 June 2017

1) My CPS students are finally getting to make their Bootstrap games.

2) All of the 6th grade Math teachers collaborated to use a desmos activity (Polygraph - Quadrilaterals) at the same time with one code so that students could be paired up with students from any of the 4 math classes. We did this with the morning and afternoon groups. Through trial and error we improved. The students questioning skills went from barely mathematical to more detailed using attributes of quadrilaterals to ask their questions. There were a few who still were asking, "Does your shape have 4 sides?" Thankfully that question was asked less as they noticed more about what they were looking at. Fun was had by all. For class discussions, it is possible to annonymize the work and share it. Since we were working with 4 classrooms and many students were asking the same questions, we were able to have some good discussions about types of questions that were helpful.

3) I finished the MSPP lesson that didn't get done last week. The students presented ads for using tobacco products and shared the tricks that advertisers use to get people to buy their products. Again, the students seemed to enjoy themselves. They gave good reasons, but some groups didn't have every member participating.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday, 2 June 2017

1) Today was the BIG DAY! Rio Math Challenge took place at Rio Vista Middle School from 8AM - 11:30PM. Two of my students earned individual medals and the team placed 2nd of the three 6th grade teams.

2) The PE teachers had my back and allowed the Math Team members to get their computers while the PE teachers were at lunch.

3) Lunch was provided to the coaches after the event. Tamales! We then had a debriefing/planning session for future events. The conversation among the Math coaches was thoughtful and interesting. I left with lots of ideas for next year's team.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Thursday, 1 June 2017

1) All of my students have finished the CAASP test. I tested some during Period 1 prep and Period 2, thanks to my colleagues that allowed my Period 2 students to work in their classrooms.

2) My math students practiced their graphing skills with Battle Boats on desmos.

3) In Science, the Period 4 students finally got to perform their role plays from MSPP.

That's all folks!