Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday, 29 January 2016

1) Students enjoyed the morning Number Talk with Which One Doesn't Belong?

2) All students seemed excited to be working in the science lab. They paid attention, followed directions, and most importantly, helped clean up!

 3) We discussed Genius Hour in Creative Problem Solving and the students seem excited. In the 15 second video you can see how on task everyone is as they brainstorm their Driving Question.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thursday, 28 January 2016

This day whizzed by at top speed!
1) Period 1, as usual, made great observations regarding the Visual Pattern. This photo is from a video. The time ran out before any other observations could be shared. I particularly liked the reflection observation. Each area on the lower right made of a series of circles aligned in a perfect square, is reflected diagonally (into the upper right) in the next step.
2) I'm the spelling bee coordinator at Rio del Valle and today was the school spelling bee. Several parents attended. The winner and runner up both had their parents in attendance. I had plenty of help and all went well.

3) The Period 3 Science students conducted their lab today and did well for the first time in the lab.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

1) Students worked on Data Analysis and are learning to make charts in google sheets.
2) Creative Problem Solvers were talking about vocabulary and spelling while playing Scrabble. They are learning to solve problems, use strategy, and work together. (They also solved the SET puzzle in 1 minute 35 seconds. I put this up while they are cleaning up and getting ready to go each day.)

3) Students really followed directions in the lab and seemed to enjoy themselves. Hopefully they learned something about Erosion and Geoscience Processes!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

1) Creative Problem Solvers achieved their fastest ever solving of  the Set puzzle!

2) Students produced some excellent posters showing their knowledge of energy.

3) Students came up with great strategies for determining the answer to the Number Talk this morning. These are not about being perfect, they are about using what you know and trying to solve a problem mentally. The students are given a few minutes to think and a few minutes to share. All under 10 minutes.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday, 25 January 2016

It was a beautifully sunny day with an bit of a breeze. I wish I could say that for the work day. However, this blog is ALL about the positive, so...

1) Students worked well with their partners in Math and Science.
2) Several students came in and worked at lunch.
3) Creative Problem Solvers contributed to a blog site.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday, 22 January 2016

1) By now you must be noticing that Number Talks are the best part of my day. I love seeing what the students come up with!
2) WOW! Thanks to the hard work of my students (and possibly this blog), I was recognized by the State Assembly.
3) Thanks to the help of my colleagues (Mindy, Christie, Michelle, Debbie A. and Liz), all of my students present today completed the online surveys that were weighing heavily on my conscience.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Today was block schedule with my other three classes.

1) The day began with the same Visual Pattern. The students have a time limit, so they didn't find the equation, but they noticed some of the same patterns in a different way than yesterday's group.

2) Creative Problem Solvers were AMAZING with SET today!

3) Science students seemed very interested in today's research project. They were engaged and on task for the entire class period. The students were given choice of how to present their information.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Today was Block Schedule RdV Week so I have the Honors' students all day.

1) Today's visual pattern was a challenge, but several students noticed certain patterns right away and very quickly had an equation to show any step. They noticed the rows going up each time in sync with the step, so they knew there would be 43 rows at step 43. To figure out columns you could add the number twice and then add one or multiply the step by 2 and then add one. One of the girls, JV, gave an equation to use and I showed the class the mathematician's way of setting up the same equation.
2) Students listened attentively to this week's installment of The Number Devil.
3) I put students into random groups of 2 or three students. Each group had vocabulary concepts and were asked to make a poster using the Frayer model. They worked hard all period! I'm impressed with the final products. Next step: Each group is writing a question for KahootIt!

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

 1) Students worked diligently studying for an exam.
2) Creative Problem Solvers continue to struggle with measurement, but they are not giving up. The majority passed a quiz on measurement.
3) Thanks to help from my friends, a major dent was put into the piles of papers needing to be filed in my classroom.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday, 15 January 2016

1) First period students blew me out of the water. I have quit my old practice of looking at something and saying, "They won't find anything here." OR "They won't be able to solve this." Today, I looked at #17 of Which One Doesn't Belong? and wondered what the students might come up with. Here it is...
2) Creative Problem Solvers continued their work on the Bus Problem from Get It Together. They are impressing me with their perseverance.

3) Science students had fun showing their study skills with a Kahoot Quiz today.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Today was block schedule with Periods 1, 2, and 3. The internet was down for awhile, but all ended well.

1) Students solved the Visual Pattern for today with an audience! Dr. Puglisi, Mr. Hernandez, Mr. Sorensen, and Ms. Davidson seemed impressed with their work.
2) Students worked diligently on their Box and Whisker Plot activity.
3) We had mentor day with students and my little buddy read aloud to me. She did a great job sounding out words with which she was unfamiliar. I was impressed!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

1) Students made good observations regarding today's Visual Pattern. They didn't solve for Pattern 43 before time ran out, but with more time they would have figured it out.
2) Creative Problem Solvers solved four Ken Ken problems today.
3) Students made very good observations relating to the Early Earth. They paid close attention during a reading and writing assignment and even hypothesized several correct vocabulary words based on sentence structure in a cloze activity.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

1) I started my day with a great presentation in my email from an extra credit project.

2) After cleaning up, students try to solve the Set Puzzle each day when we complete the daily work in Creative Problem Solving. Today they beat their previous personal best.
You can find the puzzle here:

3) Students had fun answering questions on

Monday, January 11, 2016

Monday, 11 January 2016

1) Virtually every student had their agenda out and was writing Words of the Week as the bell rang. By the time I completed Period 1 attendance, every student had finished writing the definitions in their agendas.
2) Students worked cooperatively to solve problems using Box and Whisker Plots on a test I designed. They discussed the problem, what was being asked, and how to solve it. There were excellent discussions as I circulated the room. Only one computer could be open as they solved the problem, then all students would open their computers to input the agreed upon answer.

3) Period 6 students tackled some intense vocabulary in class today. AM from Montecino's class did a great job figuring out how to pronounce crinoids.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Friday, 8 January 2016

1) In the 5 minute limit both math classes came up with several ideas for Which One Doesn't Belong.

2) Students were very engaged with the Fossil Fill Activity.

3) Students remembered to put chairs up at the end of the day!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Thursday, 7 January 2016

1) I started getting the Get Wise Materials passed out to students.


2) Creative Problem Solvers are learning how to measure accurately. They came up with a great list of jobs that use measurement. (Clothes design, glass window installers, carpenters, engineers, garage door installers, door installers...)

3) Science students discussed their inferences about what type of fossil would be in the white zones. They were engaged, attentive, and cooperative.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Another wet day at Rio del Valle.

1) Students were very engaged in making a video to show their comprehension of median, quartile, and extremes. Three groups completed the videos and one group uploaded their video.

2) Every student brought their computer today!
3) Students asked good questions during the fossil activity. They are learning about index fossils.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

It was a dark and stormy day as I welcomed my students to 2016.

1) Students got right to work with agendas ready to go.
2) The computers and cases were passed out quickly and efficiently.
3) In Science, students had fun with a fossil dig simulation.