Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wednesday, 30 Sept. 2015

1) Great participation in Which one doesn't belong in Period 1 Math?

2) Students learned to save a pdf file, upload it into drive, and transfer it into google classroom.
3) 25 students were done with their assignment by 3PM.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tuesday, 29 Sept. 2015

1) Students are having productive discussions on topic.

 2) Most students were able to log on to Stemscopes to access their assignment.
3) Several students completed a Stemscopes assignment at home and were able to find out about water on Mars.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Monday, 28 September 2015

I will be so happy when autumn actually arrives!

1) All the students participated with their white boards.

2) FS (6th grader) worked out how to simplify 7x - 10x + 8 + 9 - 9x. This was an outside the normal realm problem that he wanted to know about.

3) Most students were able to log on to Newsela. (We'll get the rest tomorrow.)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday, 25 September 2015

Today was sweltering, but we added another fan to the mix.

1) Students paid close attention to questions/directions and followed them very carefully.
2) Students discovered more ways to use four fours to use Order of Operations in a creative manner. (Excuse the odd panoramic photo!)
3) Period 5 Creative Problem Solvers got to experience air conditioning in Mr. Hardy's classroom. They worked on Building it Together with varying degrees of success. They didn't give up though!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thursday, 24 September 2015

The day has just begun and it's overflowing with positive energy!!! Click on the video links to see some students ON FIRE!

1) This week's Goals 2000 problem is 15-14+13-12+11-10+9-8+7-6+5-4+3-2+1.
Seven students solved it this way...
      1    +    1     +      1    +    1     +  1    + 1     +1    + 1 = 8

2) Our pattern talk was equally stimulating today.

3) I used Chalk Talk (Marker Mingle) to introduce the Universe/Solar System to find out what students know. This is a silent routine and the students did an exceptionally good job.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

1) Most students had their agendas, homework, and notebooks out before I said anything.

2) Math Students used reasoning to determine 


You can view one student here.

3) Period 6 Science used the Claim, Support, Question Strategy with the Werewolves in the Night game, to learn about how scientists think and explore the world around them.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

1) Every Period 1 student did their estimation homework correctly! They included a low estimate, a high estimate, and their own just right estimate with the reasoning behind it! Every Period 4 student had an estimate and five students had low and high estimates.

2) Most students are completing their google classroom assignment for Science.

3) CPS students learned how to play KenKen today. (I didn't use the link here, I showed a video, but the link will answer any questions you might have about KenKen.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday, 21 September 2015

Another hot day. These are really taxing. I'm continually impressed at how focused most of the students manage to be in an 85 degree classroom.

1) Many more students are having their materials out without my prompt.
2) Students seem to be more comfortable participating even when they know the information/activity might be challenging. Students have been playing a Factor Game and they are continually learning and discovering as they play.
3) Creative Problem Solvers experimented with spinning tops today.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday, September 18, 2015

Great Friday in the classroom. I discovered an online version of the Factor Game I was using with students.

1) Period 1 students all had their homework done!
2) Students were engaged and on task and discovering ideas about factors using the Factor Game.
3) Period 4 students had writing on their paper. We're focusing on the positive folks.
We decomposed numbers today and it was impressive.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Today was a fun day. I had my alternate group today for our RdV Week Block schedule.

1) Students made some great connections while learning to do Which One Doesn't Belong.
2) Several CPS students were able to make a square from an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper.
3) We experimented with thinglink today and students learned to find an image with reuse rights.

I also had a very productive day at Rio Vista as part of Learning Thursday and planning with my colleagues afterwards until 5:15. We were on fire!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Today was another cooler day, yeah! It was block schedule so we got quite a few things done.
1) Students did Which One Doesn't Belong today. Some responses are in the second photo.

2) Students worked on How to Learn Math and were very engaged.
3) Students learned to use the Claim, Support, Question Routine today.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tuesday, 15 Sept. 2015

The rainy morning caused an overall cooler atmosphere. We ended the day at 81 degrees Fahrenheit.
1) Most of the math students tackled their homework and tried to make sense of the problems.
2) The majority of students were able to log in to the gooru Brain Science and most made googledocs in Classroom to write about what they learned.
3) CPS (Creative Problem Solving) students worked together and solved some group problems requiring collaboration and communication. I videotaped a couple of them.

P.S. I had a visitor from Redbird who was impressed by how my students utilized the technology in the classroom.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Monday, 14 Sept. 2015

The day started with a little sprinkle. Does it get any better than this?

1) Students came in ready to work.
2) We were able to log on to the computers quickly and access assignments in Google Classroom.
3) We learned the structure for a Number Talk. All students wrote something in their Interactive Notebook about the experience.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday, 11 September 2015

My classroom was 80 degrees when I arrived at 7:45am and 89 degrees when I left at 3:15pm for a meeting in air conditioned comfort. Again, I was impressed by how well the students stayed motivated and got things done in the hot hot classroom. Highlights of the day were:

1) Most students made the effort to complete their weekly math homework. Several had very detailed explanations of their thinking.
2) Creative Problem Solvers found all six SET puzzles in under 12 minutes. They also worked hard on an artistic problem.
3) Quite a few students logged onto NEWSELA and began reading their first article. Students who were able to log on helped others who were having difficulty. They were collaborating effectively.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Thursday, 10 Sept. 2015

Another hot one, this is getting old.
1) Students worked hard in the heat!
2) No problems with computer log on.
3) We finished AR Math Testing in Period 1.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

 Today was an extremely hot one. The temp got to 88° according to the classroom thermometer.
1)  My students  impressed me  by working hard on everything they did today. I was very proud of them. Students finished their first AR Math test.
2)  Today was the first day we used computers. Most of the students were able to access everything they needed. They conducted some brain research & tried
3)  It was block schedule today so some of the students had me all day from  8:20 AM until 3:09 PM. Again, I was very impressed by how well  students focused on the tasks at hand in each class.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Today was a minimum day for Back to School Night so it went by quickly, which was fortunate since the temperature was 84 degrees in the room at 12:45pm. It was hard to get things done, but this is about the positive so here goes!
1) Students noticed interesting patterns in a growing sequence.
2) Students learned about each other by comparing likeness and difference using a Venn Diagram.
3) Students asked interesting questions about the human brain.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Friday, 4 September 2015

Today was challenging. I was collecting homework, paperwork for the office, and troubleshooting to find out who had their notebooks, whose parents signed up for Remind, etc. I was trying to figure out when to fit the lesson into the morning! During 3rd period we had an assembly, so that group had one less lesson today. However, this blog is all about the positive!
1) First period Math students came in quietly and a few of them had their agendas and homework out and ready for the day.
2) One of my students gave me a hug and when I asked what for, he said, I'm showing you respect. Okay, I'll take that!
3) The students were very well behaved during the assembly. They walked to and from in great form and gave the speaker their undivided attention.
How's that for positive!?!?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Thursday, 3 September 2015

So, today was Day 2 of the Block Schedule. Thursday is shorter since we have meeting days beginning at 1:30 each Thursday. I was worried about my Periods 4-6 classes since they have been a handful! However, seeing them in the morning gave me a new perspective on them.

1) During Math, the students worked together and discovered patterns just as yesterday's students. They seemed to enjoy it and definitely liked using the Interactive T.V.

2) The Creative Problem Solving students followed directions well and got started decorating their class journals/logs.

3) During Science, I was able to mark the heights of all the students to compare at the end of the year.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Block Schedule!
Today was the first day we used our block schedule. It went well. Highlights of the day were:
1) Students worked with Pascal's Triangle to look for and describe patterns they found within. There were several very interesting patterns. I need to figure out a way to take better notes so I can give examples. A couple of students asked if they could work on it at home!

I also had three visitors who saw students at work.(Principal, Assistant Principal, and fellow math teacher.) I ended up with two positive notes, and some positive oral feedback at lunch. Thanks!

2) Students helped with a hands-on math task involving how many tables can fit comfortably in our classroom. They moved tables and hypothesized what the room arrangement would be with round or rectangular tables. Discovery in action. 4' rounds will not work in my room.

3) Students had a writing assignment in science and everyone was writing as I circulated around the room.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

1) Students took turns being a skeptic or a convincer. Each convincer had to make a new shape from a square of paper and convince the skeptic that their new shape met the requirements. The reasoning was good and it looked like all students were engaged at some level.

2) Students shared different ways they noticed 7 dots. The original was shown for less than three seconds. This shows a visual representation of how they saw 7 dots.

The three lines indicate 2+3+2 one student saw it vertically, one saw it diagonally.
The X with two dots is how a student saw 5+2.
The V and ^  represent threes, so the one with the dot in the center shows 3+3+1.
The Rhombus with a Triangle on top shows 4+3.

3) Students shared information about scientists and one female student is already aware that scientists are regular people.