Friday, October 30, 2015

Friday, 30 October 2015

It's the day before Halloween and the haunting has begun!

1) 94% of my students completed their Weekly Math.
2) Science students completed their solar system measurements.
3) Problem solvers built puzzles together effectively and cooperatively.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday, 29 October 2015

1) Today was pajama day as part of Red Ribbon Week (Put Drugs to Sleep), so students started the day with PJ photos.
2) Students in Creative Problem Solving collaborated on a puzzle.

3) Period 6 students worked on measuring and learned about the differences between inches and centimeters.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

1) The day began with the sharing of Twin Day. It was a fun start.

2) The 6 minute Visual Patterns was interesting, several students shared. One student, MB, figured out the cube at 43 would have faces of 44^2. The video shows only one student response.

3) Students had fun learning how to upload a photo into their google classroom folder.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

1) One of my students is doing virtually all of the extension activities I describe. Today she sent these photos enacting this week's Problem of the Week from Goals 2000.

2) One of my students from last year brought me a Halloween Treat!
3) We also had a very good number talk.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Monday, 26 October 2015

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.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday, 23 October 2015

1) Every student in Period 1 had their homework done. 90% of Period 4 students had their homework.

2) Student explanations for today's Visual Pattern were good.
3) We had an assembly as a kick-off for Red Ribbon Week and the students were very attentive and respectful.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Block Schedule with Honors
1) Students were able to find percent using mental math.

2) Students used the Claim, Support, Question Routine to develop quality sentences to communicate Science information with reasons.
3) Students helped each other with using a compass to make circles for their planet activity.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

1)Today's number talk had a lot of students talking.
2) Students worked on visual representations of factors. Although many students had difficulty, several students understood the concept and made accurate representations. 
3) Students graphed various aspects of planets. They paid attention to detail to be accurate. One of the more challenging students did a very good job.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

1) Students had some great ways of choosing Which One Doesn't Belong.

2) Creative Problem Solvers continued to work collaboratively on Hands-On Equations.

3) Students used Venn Diagrams to accurately compare and contrast attributes of planets.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Monday, 19 October 2015

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!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday, 16 October 2015

Today was a bit stressful with the Principals Friday Homework check. I had several students who didn't complete their Problem of the Week.

1) On the positive side, those who did complete it, did some incredible work.
2) Students redid some of their incorrect work based on an article in Science class. They cited evidence to show how their work was now correct. Here is one example.
3) CPS students tried the Polygraph activity today and really enjoyed it. 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thursday, 15 October 2015

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.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Block Schedule with Periods 1 and 3.

1) Students warmed up with desmos quadrilateral activity.

2) Students got their computers today! The 1:1 Roll out seemed to go well.
3) Students were good listeners.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

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 88ยบ 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.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Monday, 12 October 2015

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.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday, 9 October 2015

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!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thursday, 8 October 2015

1) All students were participating in the Factor/Multiple Activity.

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.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

1) Students worked together to find LCM and GCF for pairs of numbers.

2) Creative Problem Solvers learned to play Scrabble today. They learned how to connect words and to score them.

3) Science students worked on making models of the planets. They learned to use the Safe-t-Compasses.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tuesday, 7 October 2015

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.

Monday, 6 October 2015

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.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday, 2 October 2015

1) Students had some great explanations for their Goals 2000 Problem of the Week.

2) Students came up with great ideas on Which One Doesn't Belong?

  • The first clock because all others have obtuse angles.
  • The third clock because all other times are between 1 and 2 O'Clock.
  • The fourth clock doesn't have numbers. 
  • The second clock doesn't have minute marks. 

3) Students learned to take notes about an article chosen from NEWSELA. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thursday, 1 October 2015

1) Period 4 Math Students solved an equation to the 47th step!

2) Creative Problem Solvers worked on algebra problems with symbols. They really worked at it!
3) Several students helped organize some math problems.