Panglossian is an adjective meaning characterized by or given to extreme optimism, especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity. Each day I list three positive aspects of that work day.
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1) A troublesome situation was resolved satisfactorily with the help of Ms. Davidson.
2) Both math classes had students who estimated today's challenge 100% accurately.
3) Most students were on task for a partner reading activity.
1) Students organized their math work in patiently in their portfolios. 2) Creative Problem-solving started using Hands-On Equations today with varying degrees of success. Most students understood the concept and were actively engaged in the process. 3) Science students read with partners today and looked for troublesome vocabulary. They learned a little bit about suffixes. After work, I attended the Thousand Oaks Math Circle and explored multiple ways to look at parabolas, ellipses, and geometry in general! I loved the salt activity!
1) Students used academic language to find polygons chosen by classmates. This was our warm-up for today.
2) Students discussed math language with each other in groups in order to complete today's Science activity. It was interesting to hear students ask each other questions like, "What's in the middle of 62?" This group was trying to figure out the radius of a circle with a diameter of 62, so that they could draw the circle on a large piece of paper.
3) Creative Problem Solvers worked on scale drawings.
Today was a follow up for the UCSB Math Leadership Group. We met at UCSB in a building with no air-conditioning due to a problem that had yet to be solved. It was warm, but seemed slightly less warm than my 88º classroom. I walked the stairs at each of our breaks, so I added some good stair data to my fitbit!
1) I participated in an activity that stretched my own thinking as a learner. Symmetries of a square allowed me to experience what my students are doing each day when they see mathematics that is new to them.
2) We had a great discussion regarding the Math Practice of Model with Mathematics. Real-world situations are the key to this topic.
3) We used Desmos to explore language of polygons and it was amazing! I can't wait to use it with students.
1) Students arrived happy to begin the week.
2) Students enjoyed Estimation180 and sharing their estimates.
3) Students read the Computer Rollout Powerpoint and seemed to be excited about getting their computers this week.
The students enjoyed the morning rally and I got several compliments about my Whip/Nae Nae routine. It was 88 degrees in the classroom at the end of the day. I also spent two periods outside at the tobacco bus. Mr. Hardy let us use his air conditioned classroom Period 5.
1) Students applied some interesting strategies to solve this week's Goals 2000 problem about videotape.
2) CPS students are doing several drafts of an art project trying for their ultimate best work.
3) Students were very attentive at the Tobacco Bus considering the heat. They loved being in the air conditioned interior of the bus!
2) Students learned to check their work in Classroom.
3) Science students worked on using a compass to accurately make circles of a specific diameter.
On a side note: I got a call from a researcher from American Museum of Natural History in New York. She interviewed me about a course I took and how I used the information/materials with my 6th graders. We used some of the materials for our Science writing pilot last school year.
1) Students came up with creative ways to discover the percent on today's Number Talk. Strategies were used to discover that there are 4 patches of white containing 16 total squares when you connect the half squares. Multiply by 4 to get 64, then subtract from 100 to find the percent. Another strategy involved looking at the X as 4 parts of 9.
2) Math Honors found 1-20 of the Four Fours Challenge.
3) Several Science Students have completed their article critique and are working on editing.
1) Students did a great job estimating and discussing best ways to use skill to estimate.
2) Everyone was able to log on to Newsela.
3) Students worked on an art assignment in Creative Problem Solving. Some students are trying to mirror the design.