Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday, 25 March 2016

1) I'm reading aloud from The Phantom Tollbooth and asking students to make a one sentence summary.

2) Students came up with interesting ways to solve the Popcorn Challenge.



3) The Spring Smorgasbord was amazing and I was a designated runner in the Teachers versus students softball game.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thursday, 24 March 2016

1) Student reactions to my math jokes on the board were funny. Some claimed, "I don't get it." Others responded with interesting hints. They laughed.
2) Quite a few problem solvers completed their Genius Hour presentations and linked them to a padlet

3) There were some excellent discussions about weather. Students were trying to make sense of pressure systems, fronts, and weather tools.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

1) Number Talks, need I say more...

2) Students took an AR test on The Number Devil 84% of the students scored higher than 80%!
I started a new read aloud today, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Students were riveted on me.
3) Science partner Reading was great.


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

1) The toothpick challenge was fun! I wonder if students will find more possibilities! I found one that students might not think of.

2) Students stopped what they were doing and listened when asked.
3) Students got excited about working on a vocabulary challenge in Science.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday, 21 March 2016

1) Great explanation of how to estimate with today's Estimation 180.

2) Students came up with good questions for our Popcorn Challenge.
3) Creative Problem Solvers "raced" their vibrobots today and also tried a number challenge. 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Saturday, 19 March 2016

1) I learned some ways to leverage videos in lesson planning with Lisa Highfill.
2) I enjoyed seeing the various projects by the students today.



3) I love my team! Major support of professional growth!

Friday, March 18, 2016

Friday, 18 March 2016

1) I had a great breakfast with Jay Sorensen and Robin VanEyk on the way to see Hadi Partovi, co-founder of
2) I attended an interesting session where several teachers who each earned $200. vied for $2000.Another excellent idea! #cue16 #leroysbigideas— Michelle Townsley (@MsTownsley) March 18, 2016
3) I earned a badge for using social media.
Evidence of my work today!#cue16 #riocue16— Michelle Townsley

Thursday, 17 March 2016

1) 1st ever CUE Conference!
2)  I was in the 7th row for the keynote address with the innovator behind Kid President.

3) I was given a gift for my ipad!
I have a cold, but it doesn't matter, because I'm focusing on the positive!!!

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

1) The day began with another great number talk regarding this week's Visual Pattern.

2) We finished reading the Number Devil in Math today. I need a new read aloud for them on Wednesdays.
3) CPS Students shared their coding experiments with each other.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

1) We had a piano recital today and students were very attentive and respectful.

2) Students experimented with Air Pressure.

3) Great ideas in Which One Doesn't Belong?

Monday, March 14, 2016

Monday, 14 March 2016

1) Several students helped organize materials for Science demonstrations.
2) The internet was down and we used a workbook that we hardly ever use, so many students didn't have it with them. However, they organized themselves so that everyone was able to read today's lesson material!
3) Creative Problem Solving students discovered a difference in how their Vibrobots worked on table tops versus the floor.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday, 11 March 2016

1) I enjoyed the Explore Like a Pirate photo that Meghan made for me.

2) As usual, the Warm Up for Math was a highlight.

3) CPS students shared driving questions.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thursday, 10 March 2016

1) Students were responsible, polite, and got right to work as they arrived this morning.

2) The Student observations for today's Visual Pattern were interesting and are always a high point of my day. (This video includes student comments from yesterday and today.)

3) Several problems were tackled regarding the Benchmark Science tests.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

1) The student work on Goals 2000 was again impressive.

2) We started the Vibrobot Challenge in Creative Problem Solving. Can you turn an electric toothbrush into a racing robot?

3) The internet was problematic and some  students couldn't access parts of their benchmark tests. However, the majority were respectful and did what they could without disturbing others.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Special Report: Typing Agent

Rio School District decided to try a new typing program and chose Typing Agent. I volunteered to use it with my students as a pilot program.

There are many aspects of Typing Pal that I find appealing. Whenever I teach typing, I walk around the class to monitor and guide students with correct fingering. While using Typing Agent, there are fewer problems with incorrect fingering. The fingering is shown two different ways, one by showing the keyboard highlighted with the letter to be typed. The student also sees hands on either side of the keyboard that highlights the correct finger to use.

I appreciate the leveling process. Students earn one to three stars on each lesson and can't progress until they have earned at least one star. As a teacher, I am able to view lessons that students have completed and see how well they completed each one. I can monitor real time typing from my computer and know who is on task and who is not typing at the moment.

 I am very impressed with Typing Agent and my students like it more than Typing Pal. I prefer Typing Agent to other programs that have been used in the past and hope this will be considered in the future.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

1) I was impressed with some of the strategies for solving this week's Goals 2000 Homework problem.


2) We are benchmark testing and the students are being very attentive and quiet.
3) Students impressed me with their interpretations of our maps in science.

 I also enjoyed the attention to details as students commented on each other's blog posts. For example: I noticed how you put videos in your blog so that viewers can see what you're doing visually, but I think you should explain more on what you were doing in the lab.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Monday, 7 March 2016

1) Several students helped again with daily tasks. This is a great way to start the day!

2) During our weather study, students had a few pair/share moments using the I Notice/I Wonder Routine. I love productive discussion!

3) Students worked quietly on completing their Math Benchmark Exam.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Friday, 4 March 2016

1) Students are continuing to take on little duties in class that help everyone. Answering the phone, stopping the timer, passing out papers, helping with computers, etc.

 2) I learned to edit video so that I can put several videos into one!

3) One of my students blogged about the Living Wise Project.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Thursday, 3 March 2016

1) Period 4 Math Students figured out the 43rd figure on today's Visual Pattern.
2) Several new tower designs came out of Tower Challenge Take 2 in Creative Problem Solving.

3) As I walked around during Science Ear to Ear Reading, students were reading well and using their skills to help when they got stuck.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

1) On this fine foggy morning, students came in with tons of energy. They are starting to take more control of repetitive tasks in class rather than waiting for me to do them.

2) They noticed interesting sequences on today's Visual Pattern.

3) Today is block schedule Wednesday, so the students got to listen to a chapter from the Number Devil. One student helped with showing pictures as I read. Several students were so intrigued by one of the patterns, they want to research it further. I provided them with link so they could explore more.

After school I was grading today's quiz. I'm posting about the positive parts of my job, so when students took a quiz and about Rainshadow to find out who was comprehending the reading material, instead of focusing on the wrong answers, I am focusing on the creativity of the answers. At least some made me giggle...

      Rainshadow is…

  • rain coming down from the clouds
  • fog
  • when the shadow of rain leave something behind
  • the cloud that forms
  • the shadow of rain that happens when rain happens and it forms a shadow
  • like fog
  • the fog is like a shadow and fog is like rain
  • rain clouds forming a shadow below
  • when it is raining and after it rains there will be a shadow left over
  • when it rains and you see a shadow
  • the elevation of the rain. Also, when rain goes to the mountains
  • Rain kind of like a shadow.
  • When it rains a lot and the clouds make a shadow. 
  • When it rains a lot.
  • when the sky collects the water, forms a cloud, gets so dark that it becomes a rain shadow.
  • When it rains and you see your reflection in the water.
  • When it rains and the cloud becomes darker.
  • When it rains for a long period of time the sun is shadowed from hitting the earth.
  • is when it rains a lot and it starts getting dark.

  • And the winners...

  • what happens when the clouds go up the mountains and lose moister at the mountain when it goes to the other side it loses its rain.
  • the backside of the mountain range. It's the region that doesn't receive as much rainfall as where the rain is hitting directly.
  • when rain is in the backside of a mountain.
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2016

    Tuesday, 1 March 2016

    1) Period 1 students covered a lot of ground this morning. They worked with integers, number lines, and comparing fractions. They were on task and focused. There were several blank stares at times, so I know they were being challenged. I heard several students declare, "Oh, I get it now." as  I walked around the room monitoring their partner work.

    2) There were some interesting comments on the I Notice/I Wonder activity today.
    3) Creative Problem Solvers built towers out of file folders to see who could build the tallest one. I didn't take pictures. They worked well together.