Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday, 17 June 2016 Last Entry for 2015-16 School Year

1) I was relaxed all day.
2) I was able to visit with friends from other schools in the district who I seldom see.
3) Everything is off my counters and ready for the classroom makeover of next school year! Now to plan it.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Thursday, 16 June 2016 The last day with students

2) A few students thanked me with very nice and handmade parting gifts! 1) Students really enjoyed the shark jaws that I share on the last day of school each year.

3) Students worked together in a final collaborative activity and were amazing. Most of my past classes have needed more than 4 minutes to complete the 10 cup challenge.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The end of year clean up is getting to me. My nose has been running all day long!
1) The last visual pattern of the year was a highlight of my day.

2) Many students are completing my end of the year survey and their answers are very interesting. Reading them has been another high point. The first is what should we keep.

3) In Creative Problem Solving, the students worked on Solitaire on a Circle.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

1) Students are fired up but still working hard! Since we don't have school on Friday, I did Which One Doesn't Belong?, today.

2) Quite a few students came in to help organize things during lunch!

3) We discussed the importance of paying attention to details as a scientist and keeping track of data by playing Solitaire on a Circle. The students were very interested in meeting the objective of the game.

Here are is what students remembered from this year.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday, 13 June 2016

1) We ran through the last few Estimation 180 problems for this school year orally.

2) The students are completing a graphing activity that combines art and sewing. They are concentrating and the projects are starting to look like something. The students have to be attentive and persistent. Mistakes happen and it's interesting to see the responses.

3) The Honors Science students made documentaries about Global Warming. They had a great time.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday, 10 June 2016

1) Visual Patterns was the BEST part of my day!

The final exam scores are in and are not looking good, but students did attempt to answer most if not all questions.

2) More students scored above grade level than those who scored below grade level on their STAR Math Tests.

3) Several students helped in the classroom at lunchtime while others completed exams.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Thursday, 9 June 2016

1) Week 36 Visual Pattern discussion got cut off during videotaping. JN came up with an equation for the base of the pattern before the timer went off.  4N + 1 at each step.

2) Benchmark testing continues and students are being polite and cooperative.

3) Several students came in at lunch and watched video impressions and we were all laughing and having a great time. I should do that more often!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

1) Yet another interesting Visual Pattern for Week 36.

2) Another Benchmark Day with students working studiously away and taking good notes.

3) We continued Genius Presentations in Creative Problem Solving. There was one about dangerous diseases, dolphin protection, and songwriting with a demo video. Students were good listeners.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

1) There was no sub for my class, so Dr. Lorimer volunteered to stay in my classroom so I could join my team at Rio Vista for the math challenge. By the time school started, I had a sub! During my prep, she got all my backed up work into my student portfolios.

2) I'm the coach of the RdV Math Challenge Team and they earned 2nd place in the Rio School District Math Challenge. Each grade level had 6 winners and three of my 6th grade team earned medals. They earned 2nd, 3rd, and 5th place medals.



3) My presentation at Rio Rock Star was well received. I enjoyed spending time with colleagues and eating Carnitas Pizza from Toppers.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday, 6 June 2016

1) Today was Turn In Your Laptop Day and ALL students had their computer at school. All cases and 97% brought their charger.

2) The presentations for Genius Projects continued today and were very interesting. Students were quiet and respectful for the presenters. My favorite was a homemade flashlight!

3) Now that students are sharing a computer, they have to log off Chrome before shutting down. All students did so properly and before the bell rang. Yeah!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday, 3 June 2016

1) I enjoyed hearing the reasons why one canoe out of four didn't belong. 

I think the empty boat doesn’t belong because it doesn’t have any people riding it and the other three do have at least one person riding it.
I think the bottom right doesn’t belong because it is the only one that is facing the back of the canoe.

2) Benchmark testing was quiet and students were very studious.

3) Creative Problem Solvers started presenting their final Genius Project for the year. We got to taste homemade baked goods, we played a student made video game, we heard about Great White Sharks and Japanese Urban Legends and they were all very well received by fellow classmates.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Thursday, 2 June 2016

1) There were some interesting observations for today's pattern which I switched so that each class had a different pattern this week.

Some student comments: 
I notice that the object is growing by one  cube on each side. I notice the shape is 3D. I notice that they're adding 6 cubes to each pattern. That the shape above 3 dimensional and they are tilted to an angle. I notice that they are adding a unit to each side.

I wonder what the 43d is going to look like. I wonder how many red cubes there are.

I think that the 43 pattern is going to have 42 cubes on each side. And the 4th one is going to look like this... (he didn't have time to make it since this is a warm up.) The 43 step will have more than 140 cubes in the shape. I think the 43rd step will be 43x6=

2) Our main lesson is about surface area, volume, and nets. Students were very engaged in making shapes from nets.

3) Several Honors students came in during their lunch to film their documentary for the Global Climate Change Project.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Okay folks, it's June. Students are in the countdown phase of the year and things are getting intense.

The Visual Pattern was done in Google classroom today and I enjoyed seeing the use of technology to show pattern growth. One of the students used the drawing program to make a hexagon, duplicated the hexagon, formed the pattern from step one, then she grouped and duplicated the pattern and overlayed the four patterns to show the 4th step.
Students are learning about surface area and volume with Hotel Snap.  Every group completed their hotel and spreadsheet today. 

As coach for the Math team, I happy to say the year is winding down with next Tuesday being competition day. All team members were in my classroom for a lunch meeting today and solved a mathematical puzzle.

My Honors Science students are making documentaries as part of a Defined STEM project. They were very busy today problem solving to get their projects completed. The discussions were interesting and students were trying to figure out how better to complete the video. Some overheard points were:
...talking to be heard issues to show graphs during the filming