Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday, 29 September 2017

Students were much more focused today than yesterday. True CHAMPS in action.

Royal Solvers found all 6 SETS in under 3 minutes.

Science learners used Claim-Evidence-Reason to determine how to sort organisms into three Domains of Archaea, Bacteria, and Eukarya.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Most students were respectful, on task, and attentive. We began an activity about Domains in Science with Bacteria, Eukarya, and Archaea. Students suprised me with their memory regarding pronunciation of some difficult vocabulary.

Students with completed math assignments were able to participate in a Kahoot online quiz. They discussed answers together and seemed to be clarifiying some confusion about factors and multiples while having a good time doing so.

My colleagues supported me regarding computer check out with my homeroom students.

Royal Solvers found all 6 SETS in under 2 minutes. They were ecstatic.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Today was Science PD at the Office of Student and Family Services. I arrived at 7:45 after completing the computer cards for my homeroom students. Mr. Townsley was my substitute, so I was able to concentrate on the PD knowing that my students and my room were safe. The PD was challenging, but I met the challenges with the help of my colleagues.

Michelle O treated me to lunch at Los Arroyos.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Today I presented Guiding Students with Questioning Strategies at UCSB Math Leadership. I was nervous, but the presentation flowed smoothly. The participants complimented me and gave me suggestions on ways to improve it. I was able to visit with people I don't see regularly. I also enjoyed being at UCSB and walking to Isla Vista for lunch all the while discussing math experiences in classrooms from teacher and TOSA points of view.

Mr. Townsley informed me that Period 8 students found all 6 SETS!

Monday, 25 September 2017

My colleagues were very supportive when I needed it.

I had duty so I got to walk around outside a bit.

I got to see some of my STEAM Academy colleagues at Rio del Mar during a Learning Priorities meeting.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday, 22 September 2017

In Math today, we talked about the importance of explaining your thinking. Learners were very responsive to mistakes. Nobody seemed to have a problem with sharing mistakes. Learners seem more comfortable with the idea of including their reasoning after the discussion. The first example shows evidence of a learner tyring to explain their reasoning and show how they solved the problem although it is confusing and incorrect. The 2nd one is correct and includes reasoning/evidence of how the learner can prove that it is correct.

We haven't completed the activity on Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic cells, but I'm impressed by the drawings of models.

The afternoon students wrote about thier favorite activity of the week. I enjoyed hearing some of them. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Homeroom students have the routine down! They read, take AR tests, and stay focused for the entire period.

One of my students came up with an ingenius way to store his water bottle during class.

The science learners took notes, made sketches, and discussed the differences between Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cells. I wish I had taken some photos of the Lab Notebooks. I will tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

CPS students changed their name since so many of my classes had KNIGHTS in the name. They are now the Royal Solvers.

Today math students worked to make rectangular arrays to have a model of factors for specific numbers. They worked well and the discussion was interesting. Students explained that it isn't necessary to label every side of a rectangle since opposing sides are the same.

In Science we began a lab about Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells with models. Students learned how to be good observers and to change their observations if their are unclear. One class really improved on their behavior in class.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Knight Solvers are almost finished with their Cardboard Techniques Board. The teamwork and creativity was apparent. They are very proud of their final product.



Science students wrote notes and sketched onion cells and cheek cells. Several students had very detailed notes. There were also many good questions asked. 

I solved my attendance dilemma for the end of the day!

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.