Friday, November 30, 2018

Friday, 30 November 2018

It was walking field trip Friday and the first ever Rio del Sol Harvest Festival.
The day began with a Kindergarten performance of thriller that had me happy crying. I can't watch synchronized little ones do anything without getting emotional. After they performed, the Hip Hop Mindset group performed followed by volunteers from the audience of which two were from my class and one was a friend's son. I stopped filming before one of the boys performed amazingly well! Turn the sound down if you want to watch!

Many of the students designed booths with activities for students to do. One of my students made 100 origami frogs for prizes! A couple of 2nd grade students weren't having much luck with people playing their game so I asked one of the boys if they would try it. Next thing we knew there was a contest for who would be the best. Students used something that looked like a lightsaber but pumped air out and moved the ping pong ball. Many students gave away their tickets to younger siblings for prizes. 

After returning from the Harvest Festival we walked over to Rio Vista Middle School We were invited to attend their Renaissance Rally. They graciously allowed our students to try out for the cheer team and since we have 3 cheerleaders, the Rio del Sol 6th graders were able to see their classmates perform. The rally was very well done!

Big positive (even though my plantar fasciitis pain is back)
plus it's payday!!!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Thursday, 29 November 2018

The morning meeting had a glitch but students met the challenge and finished with a bang. A student facilitated the sharing portion and did a good job.

Today students worked with polygons and nets. It appeared that most students understood a polygon when finished.

During computer science, students solved the problem of logging in to the correct activity. They have been very patient as I use growth mindset to understand the curriculum we are accessing. 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

The heads/tails activity was enjoyed by all in our morning meeting.

During math, students were actively engaged in solving all problems. They worked in self-chosen groups. As I walked the room, I saw very little distraction. Dave loaned his multi-link cubes so we could make some interesting 3D shapes. After writing in journals, it looked as though most students grasp the concept of surface area. One student even mentioned that Mr. Romano's linking cubes were nets. In these photos, students were trying to determine which shape had a greater surface area.

Today was the first mile run of the year. The goal was to beat my walking time of 16 minutes which all students met. The fastest time was Eli with 8:20 and the longest time was 15:03.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

My colleague, Dave, met with me to discuss ELA plans. I really admire his dedication and appreciate his support.

Students worked really hard to estimate the number of post-it notes required to cover a file cabinet. This was the intro to comprehending surface area.

I discovered online area mazes. I can't wait to use them with my students!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Monday, 26 November 2018

Dr. Cordova delivered the books from our Donors Choose project so we could start reading today.

Several students solved a BreakoutEDU and all students collaborated to solve it. They really persevered even when it got REALLY tough!

In math, a student explained a ratio problem to me that he told me he didn't understand. It was from ST Math. He showed me what he was doing and before he knew it, he was telling me why!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday, 16 November 2018

Today I taught the students to do SET. They found all 6 sets in 10:29 while being instructed on how to do it.

Today was our first Socratic Seminar of the year. 4 students discussed an article about middle schoolers who earned $25,000 with a water-saving project that resulted in state legislation being enacted.

Several students are caretakers of our class garden plot. They discovered 4 missing plants today. The positive is that they have been taking photos of the garden so that they can see changes over time. So, they had proof that the garden originally had 6 lettuce plants.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Creativity shined in this morning's activity, Signs of the Times. Students were asked to use their imaginations to share what RDA might be wanted by someone.

In Math, students worked to solved areas of triangles. Each group shared their base, height, and area on the mini-whiteboards. They learned the traditional triangle algorithm based on their discoveries.

I spoke with the music teacher Nee Quaison-Sackey this morning. We made a plan for starting a music class on November 29th.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

The Morning Meeting activity was Face to Face. Students observe a partner. They then stand back to back and change something. When they face each other again, they have to figure out what changed. Everyone solved the mystery. Some were really good changes; switching shoes, changing hairstyle, untying shoelaces, and unzipping jackets.

Students had good conversations about water use during a whole class quiz. They figured out words like overconsumption, purification, reverse osmosis, and irrevocable. We used the white board paddles so each group could show their answer. The majority answer was put into the quiz and the class got 100%!

We did indoor PE because the air quality was downgraded at 1:30 pm. It was back to normal by 2:30. We had a stand on one leg contest. Aaliyah was the winner with 12:48 and Paul was 2nd with 12:34.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

There was no school last Friday due to the fires in Thousand Oaks and the Santa Ana winds causing poor air quality in Oxnard. There was no school on Monday to honor Veterans.

On Tuesday, the students really enjoyed the paper plate activity during Morning Meeting. They had to walk across the room while balancing a paper plate on their head. 

Students discussed a math problem that was done incorrectly. They figured out the confusion behind the mistake. It looked like they might comprehend distributive property a bit better in the future. 

Students were very understanding when I missed recess due to the altered schedule. When K-5 have minimum days, 6th grade doesn’t. However, our schedule changes due to staffing. One student made a poster so we will know the times. Later, the schedule hanged again due to air quality.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Dr. Puglisi brought in a team of specialists to engage the 6th graders in a variety of activities so that the 6th-grade teacher team could have some planning time. Dr. Puglisi's team worked on reading, art, math, and music. The students returned to class with HUGE smiles on their faces and in great spirits. We put together a video thank you for Dr. P.
In Computer class today, all of the students made a fun avatar, downloaded it to their computer, and uploaded it to google classroom. 

There were a couple student birthdays today and one student left me a cupcake on my table after school.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Students were again very quiet and cooperative during the testing time. I got a good class photo of them working since they were so still. I played with the Prisma filter, so now I've got backgrounds for classwork, Google Classroom, etc.

I wasn't very happy about the PE dance unit and the students took over at my request. Everyone was choreographing or following the choreography of the leader. The students seemed happy. One group asked me to videotape their performance.

After school, a few students helped water the plants in our classroom bed. They also strung the remaining papel picados which are now on display in the classroom.

Mr. Romano shared his birthday cupcakes with me and the helpers.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Dave helped me figure out how to put all my names for Google doc so that students would have access to each other‘s Google sites.

We did our first day of CFA testing and everybody finished in under an hour.

A headache that showed up at lunchtime went away before the end of the day.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Monday, 6 November 2018

A class uses Room 9 on the weekend and it looked as if nobody had been in the room on the weekend.

Students really enjoyed the sign chant and making a sign with a partner during morning meeting.

We found out that plants had to be planted in our classroom bed today. The students weeded and planted and cleaned up well. They also paid attention to new vocabulary words such as trowel, wheelbarrow, and bed.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Friday, 2 November 2018

This morning's activity was group spelling. Most groups worked well together, a couple had a distinct leader spelling and telling. Regardless of group type, the students enjoyed the activity and said they'd like to do it again sometime.

The reflections are improving. Students are speaking in complete sentences and learning to pause rather than use um, ah, or like as a verbal placeholder. During reflection, a student shared an observation of students interrupting a student who was unclear when making a statement. The students shared ideas for improving future meetings.

Every time I do an art activity, it seems to take much longer than the amount of time given. However, the results from the Papel Picado were stunning.