Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

I can't believe it's the last day of May! Students came in ready to go in all my classes today. We worked on Hotel Snap in Honors Math and Creative Problem Solving. I'm hoping that some creative student blogs will be produced as a result.

Creative Problem Solvers solved today's SET puzzle in 1 minute 28 seconds. They are so funny! Now that they've solved them twice in under a minute, they get perturbed when they can't find the combinations.

In the last science class of the day, a student asked an interesting question which lead to watching a video on core ice samples which students watched attentively.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday, 27 May 2016

1) I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried a Socratic Seminar. The students were very engaged.

2) I also had students complete the warm ups on line and share orally. There is now a visual record in Google classroom of student work. Quite a few students didn't add themselves in with the Would you rather share a large bag with 7 people? Interesting.
3) Creative Problem Solvers solved the Set Puzzle in 55 seconds!

Bonus: Period 4 students continue to work better together each day. I think we are back on track! Yeah! AND I'm in first place in Chrome Warrior!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thursday, 26 May 2016

1) My day started with this email that has been edited

I would like to express my Deep Gratitude and again thank you, Ms. H and Miss Townsley for all that you have done with student. His success this year is the direct result of your Inspiration, Dedication and Passion for Teaching Kids Like Him. I am Thankful that after all these years student has a Team that truly has his best interest at Heart. I’m so proud of student and his accomplishments. I always believed he has the potential to be a Leader. At past conferences I’ve said that he needed the right People around him to bring it out. People that are “Willing” to find out what works with him. It Takes Special People to do things that are Life changing in a child Like student and You, Ms. M, Ms. H, and Ms. Townsley are Special!
There is Excitement in my Heart and I too have feeling of emotion when I see student moving in the Right direction, Thank You So Much !


2) The Period 3 students enjoyed their final projects for the MSPP program.

3) Period 6 students were attentive, respectful, and on task!

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

1) Students worked out Visual Patterns using Google Draw. They did well for the first time trying it this way. Here is a collage of some student work.
2) Period 4 Math students got to work on the Would you rather warm up right away. They stayed on task and everyone turned in an exit ticket before lunch.

3) We had a Showcase for our Honors' Students and it was great to talk to parents and see the excitement of the students who were presented with trophies.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

1) XP made my day (mostly) with his slide about my math class.
2) Honors Showcase Presentations are creative and inspirational.

3) Creative Problem Solvers rocked today's SET puzzle!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday, 23 May 2016

1) Students enjoyed some Estimation 180 before beginning the last morning FULL of testing. I was so proud of how the students were attended to the tasks and taking their time. At break, I heard quite a few students stating that they were finished, but many of my students were still working on it. I am glad they are taking their time.

2) Several 4th Period Math students made accurate estimates with good reasoning on Estimation 180.

3) Creative Problem Solvers have been using google slides in an attempt to produce an animation showing something that they learned at school. Most chose something they learned in P.E. class. This was an optional problem and I was exciting when a few CPS Students published their animations to the web! I had them post links using padlet.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday, 20 May 2016

1) The tobacco ads are so funny.
2) Which One Doesn't Belong is my favorite number talk each week, so it continues to be a highlight of my day.

3) I had to make an unscheduled phone call to a parent about cell phones in the classroom and the parent was very supportive. Nice way to end a really LONG week!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday, 19 May 2016

1) The students enjoyed the Math Classroom Activity in preparation for the Performance Task on Monday.
2) Students in Period 1 Math had really good discussions regarding the math problem from last night's homework.
3) Students discussed the benefits of a tobacco-free life as they worked on ads as part of the MSPP Tobacco Education. They were very involved with making posters, radio ads, and commercials.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

1) Students were quiet and respectful to each other during testing.
2) CPS students juggled again and had a great time.
3) The MSPP lesson was well received and we completed 1/2 of the lesson during our shorter time.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Testing Day!

I'm searching deep down for the best parts of today. Okay, here we go!

1) My Period 1 students ALL brought their computers, fully charged.
2) Students worked quietly and diligently for three hours or more in some cases.
3) ES suggested we juggle today in Creative Problem Solving. What a great suggestion after a day of testing!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday, 16 May 2016

Let the testing begin...

1) Today we just checked computers to see if they are charged and all students have chargers at hand. The first positive is that all students had a computer. (All but one were charged. )

2) Students were actively engaged with Estimation 180ยบ this morning.

3) I thought of a way to amp up my Perimeter lesson.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Special Edition Take Two: CUE Rock Star Math Edition 15 May 2016

Morning intro video about the session by Ed Campos that several Rio teachers attended yesterday.

We were urged to be the fireworks dog, or to be or follow the Lone Nut.

Here's my sched for the day.

Session 1 360° Math with @EdCamposJr.  Click the link to his slide deck.

Our first task using Visual Patterns.

Some quotes from participants...
I love how you can very quickly look around and see the students processing the information. Standing seems like you're automatically more engaged.
I like my feelings about the activity. I didn't feel stressed about doing the math.
I liked the different colored markers on one of the drawings.
We've been told to take paper off walls by Fire Marshall, so white board walls can solve the student work on display without ignoring fire codes.

Ed: Did I ask you to talk to your A & B partner? No, I want the interaction to be natural.

  • Music helps motivate the students. Thank Matt Vaudrey for his music list. 
  • Matt says, "Never say what a student or music can say."
  • Ask your students what they would play during certain transitions.
  • Group review is done like a Golf Scramble. Check out slide 21. Students never use the mulligan.
  • Ed has his students choose between doing a 30 problem packet or completing two different problems from class, screencasting an explanation and uploading it.verit
Me thinking and learning: Class V room makeover! Found this desk and I love the iPad stand Ed is using. Debbie Boden shared a new link.

I learned how to take/upload a photo directly into a folder on Google Drive.

After our lunch of Panera salad and sandwich (Smoked Turkey in my case, since you're curious), I attended Blended Learning in Math with Lindsey Blass.
I've got another tool that may help me with my skills at Blended Learning.

I've used Kahoot! and my students love it and ask for it. "Hey teacher, give me test, PLEASE can we take a test!"
Great Ideas:
1) Have the proficient student lead a Kahoot! Session as one of your rotation stations.
2) Have two correct answers. Leads to some cognitive dissonance and then insight.

After a quick intro showing a variety of resources, we went to stations. I looked at some screencasting info, then switched over to Blendspace since it sounds like something I would find useful in my teaching. Here is a tutorial:

The day was full of exciting ideas, strategies, and networking.

The drive back to Ventura County in the Rio CUE Cruiser continued the discussions about maximizing productivity in our classrooms. It was an amazing weekend! CUE Rock Star Math!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Special Edition: CUE Rock Star 14 May 2016


Nice way to start the weekend. I caught up with Debbie Boden, Fawn Nguyen and introduced myself to a few people. We were welcomed with a couple of videos.

Here is one idea to combat math fatigue/disinterest.

I heard about a new online resource for coding. Bootstrap. I've got to look into it. (After lunch- I decided to attend that session. See below.)

There are some more PEMDAS haters here. I'm not alone!

After the welcome was the SHRED Session. (Each presenter gets 2 minutes to share an idea of what will be presented!) Everything sounds good!

The first session I attended addressed the use of desmos.comhttps://www.desmos.com/ by Michael Fenton. We began with a paper and pencil task to see a pattern changing and then looked at plotting those on a table on desmos. I then worked on learning to use tables.

I plugged in the information and found the reflections of the original triangle! Yeah, success!
There are quite a few lessons on using desmos at http://learn.desmos.com/http://learn.desmos.com/.
The math in art is shown at https://www.desmos.com/art.

At lunch, I talked to Fawn Nguyen about Hotel Snap. I needed to clarify a few things and she straightened me out. I had John Stevens and Matt Vaudrey sign my copy of The Classroom Chef. I helped a new Twitter user with her first tweet!

Ed Campos presented about using Bootstrap for understanding math through coding.
This is an amazing concept!
We used a site called www.WeScheme.org to write the code for our problems. The Rock Stars walked around and used the circles to write the code.

Jessica formulated an equation and we walked through it together. I plugged in the format incorrectly showing that you really have to think about the order of operations to get the correct answer. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday, 13 May 2016

1) Great start to the day with Which One Doesn't Belong #32 from the number section. I thought it might be tough, but my students came through again. They are getting good at this observation game!

2) In science, the students found a great website for kids about Global Climate Change.

3) My colleagues came through for me when my sub for the afternoon was not available. Thanks everyone!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thursday, 12 May 2016

1) Students in Period 1 listened, followed directions, and got to work right away. We are working on graphing and polygons.

2) Period 4 Math worked on Polygon vocabulary using desmos. They were also good listeners and worker today.

3) Creative Problem Solvers are continuing with their animation projects and researching powtoon.


Bonus: Period 6 completed their Global Climate Change sort.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

1) Visual Pattern is always a positive point in my day.

 2) The MSPP Role Playing Presentations were Great! (We discussed that it's best to keep hands off others, so don't worry too much about the last group in the first video.)

 3) CPS Students finished the SET puzzle at their best speed yet!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

1) I tried something new with my Period 1 math students today. There is a mental math activity portion to Math Essentials. I had the students solve mentally, then immediately following, I had them share answers at their tables. I walked around and chose random students to share their solution. We even had an incorrect solution that helped students see how mistakes can ultimately help you understand how to get to the correct answer. Students were engaged and discussion was dynamic.

 2) I finished reading Wonder yesterday and I left my Classroom Chef book at home so I started reading Informative Assessment and got some new ideas to use in the classroom!

3) Every student wrote a question about some videos about drought and glaciers. Students then sorted the questions based on similarities. I was impressed with the insightful discussion as they placed questions in groups. (I wish more were involved in the sorting though, but this is a focus on the positive.)

Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday, 9 May 2016

1) We ran through a week's worth of Estimation 180 in our 5 minutes today. I had students pair-share their low, high, and actual estimates and then I showed the answer. I usually do only one, but am changing it up as the end of the year nears. The students really seemed to enjoy this method. They didn't have to write anything.

2) Hotel Snap had students on task for the rest of the math period.

3) Everyone was on task and writing during our Marker Mingle for Global Climate Change.

 We watched the trailer for Chasing Ice since we don't have the video needed for the STEMScopes Activity.

Bonus: Creative Problem Solvers used Google draw to illustrate something they enjoyed learning this year.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday, 6 May 2016

1) It's Friday, which means that my favorite number talk of the week is here!

2) Period 3 Science students quietly did internet research to show specifics about weather as part of their final exam.

3) Period 4 Math students got started on the Surface Area and Volume Project called Hotel Snap. They were very engaged, on task, and discussing the best ways to build the hotels. (Looks like my efforts to learn some new editing techniques need to be smoothed out! Sorry for the repetition.)

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thursday, 5 May 2016

1) Visual Patterns: Always a highlight of my day!

2) Some of the student presentations of their Venn Diagram sorting activity are very informative.

3) MSPP Session 3 was a hit with the students. They were laughing and participating and sharing great ideas about avoiding tobacco use.

Bonus: There was more food for teachers today! Cinco de Mayo Chips and Salsa in the morning and Carnitas tacos, beans, and rice during our testing session. It was the best testing session I've ever attended!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

1) The 8th graders were taking a test today that required a quiet atmosphere. Since my wall abuts an 8th grade room, I encouraged my students to be extra quiet today. They rocked it! We began with Visual Pattern.
Then we continued yesterday's the geometry lesson. They worked mostly in pairs to sort geometric shapes and apply rules. They worked very quietly.

Here's an example of the work:
This is the first puzzle we did and when we checked it we got all of them right. We put regular on A, because it had shapes we usually see.We put irregular on B, because it had shapes we don’t usually see, and we put concave on C, because they looked like the examples when we searched them up.

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2) We still had to maintain room silence for the block schedule from 10:25 - 12:18. The Problem Solvers played Scrabble in groups and did so in whispers. This kids are blowing my mind!!!



3) Teachers were appreciated with a lunch catered by a parent and PTA.
Bonus: A section of my floor was seriously sticky and Gabe dropped everything and mopped it for me.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

1) Teacher Appreciation Day was full of appreciation. I received a nice goody bag from the principal and a tasty muffin from the ASB students.

2) My 4th Period math students read the directions aloud for an online geometry activity. They read clearly and in unison. It was amazing!

3) All classes solved the Number Talk challenge correctly and shared reasons for how they chose their answers to: Which two are closer: 1/4, 1/2, 3/5?
One student converted to percents.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday, 2 May 2016

Is it May already?!!!
1) Students watched a video to make sure all of their browsers were up to date. They listened attentively, followed directions accurately, and we are all done!

2) I'm beginning a geometry unit and the intro was an illuminations activity for sorting shapes.

3) My science students sounded very professional as they practiced a Readers Theater called Sunny, with A Chance of Showers.

P.S. My after school math team rocks! They love the challenges and have productive discussions.