Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

1) Today is EdCampGlobal and I participated in a couple of sessions before school started. I learned about Audioboom.com for podcasting simply with students. I can't wait to try it! I'm waiting to hear back.

2) I updated and published a new google site. https://sites.google.com/rioschools.org/townsley/home

3) Carlo Godoy videotaped my 3rd and 4th period classes. We saw some excellent examples of Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Caring at work. Here is an example of a visual representation of a word problem during Station Rotation.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday, 27 February 2017

1) One of my students passed an AR test during SSR this morning!

2) Students worked quietly and attentively on the district required STAR Math test.

3) Students watched a video about Earthquakes in Bangladesh which I used with a questioning technique from this past weekend's EdCampVentura. The students mostly asked Open Ended Questions right from Step 1. I was impressed!



Saturday, February 25, 2017

Special Edition EdCampVentura at DATA 25 February 2017

I spent the morning with some amazing, motivating, and creative teachers.

I learned that Google sites has updated to a more easily used program.

Discussed coding:

Learned a new questioning process:

 What a great way to organize supplies!

Russell, DATA Math teacher shared a great activity he uses with his math students called Math Circles.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday, 24 February 2017

I liked this Sketchnote from Sylvia Duckworth

1) Today was Career Day so we rotated through several classrooms to hear presentations. My tables were organized for Station Rotation, not for presentations and I needed to change the set-up. Three random 8th grade boys helped me move tables and chairs in my classroom before school so everything was ready for presentations. During the Career day, the students were attentive, interested, and polite. They seemed to be enjoying the presentations.

2) The math presentations in Station Rotation continue to impress. This was a ratio problem from a MARS task. The students made a visual of the ratio.

3) Here is the pencil/straw design from a previous blogpost being used in the actual building.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thursday, 23 February 2017

1) Students' ceramics were delivered today. They were excited to see the final result.

2) The Station Rotation worked even more smoothly today than the previous two days. 

3) 10 students came in at lunch to work on math or other assignments. 


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

1) Day 2 of Station Rotation Model. It is getting more efficient as students are helping organize materials at the end of the class session, and know how to clean up at the timer.

2) Students listened attentively to the video about Earthquakes in Bangladesh and took notes in their Interactive Notebook.

3) My job is full of excitement. Sometimes too much excitement. But, hey, it's not boring! AND RdV has an orchard now. Common Vision planted trees with the help of some of our students today.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

1) Tried a Station Rotation Model from Blended Learning in Action Chapter 9. It went well, there just wasn't enough time, so I'm changing it up to a Free Form Station Rotation with a twist. I tweeted the authors and got some good advice.

2) Six students came in after they ate lunch to help me organize papers from the rotation.

3) Students are getting more done toward the Earthquake Proof Structure. They are getting supplies, cutting cardboard, and finishing online projects. One group has an interesting design idea with pencils and bendy straws.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Rainy Friday, 17 February 2017

1) CPS Robokids worked on their coding games today. Some were able to insert backgrounds or characters. They are learning about acceptable use policy.

2) I had an indoor lunch zone and put NOVA's Spy Animals on the Interactive TV. The students were well behaved and many were interested in watching the video.

3) Students are working in Google Drawing to show how their ultimate designs will go together. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

1) Students in CPS began looking for acceptable use gif or png images to use in their games.

2) Some groups are beginning to measure the cardboard for their structures.

3) Some of the student explanations for today's number line activity were very thoughtful.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

1) CPS students got all of their cardboard and art project materials cleaned up and out of the classroom.

2) Math students had good answers to the question, What did you learn today?

  • I learned to explain the difference between a mixed number and an improper fraction.
  • I learned to place negative fractions on a number line.
3) Students are excited about building, but yet haven't completed the steps necessary to begin. But, they are excited.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

1) It's Tuesday already and it wasn't raining.

2) Some students surprised me with Valentines!

3) Students made presentations in math and every group member participated in the oral presentation.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Freitag, 10 February 2017

1) CPS students worked together to learn definitions in Racket code.

2) Math students collaborated to make presentations on, what I call, Poster Problems.




3) I completed two independent study contracts that are needed this month.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Donnerstag, 9 February 2017

1) CPS students were totally engrossed in their Bootstrap programming this morning. It was very quiet since I allowed them to work 1:1 instead of with a partner.  

2) Almost all of my math students are able to access the CMP3 Math XL program online that allows for individualization of student assignments. I spent quite some time online troubleshooting for the students having difficulties and believe we are down to only one student who can't get it.

3) The Tinkercad designs for the Earthquake structures continue to become more precise. Some students will be building very soon.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Mittwoch, 8 February 2017

1) Many of the supplies for the Engineering portion of our Earthquake unit have been delivered.

2) All students have completed Benchmark 2, so we can discuss it as a class.

3) Some of my shy students explained math problems to the class today. I was very impressed. I called parents to share the information and it was so fulfilling to hear their responses.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dienstag, 7 February 2017

1) My colleagues, Hugo and Sandoval, started my day with a good laugh.

2) Students worked together collaboratively to discover equal lengths on a line. The multiple strategies were interesting. Several students used paper to determine the distance to the point on the line, one used a finger, one used the graphite from their mechanical pencil, and there were other strategies as well.

3) CPS students are getting further with Bootstrap. We are all learning that error codes can help us learn new things. We haven't figured out how to repeat a shape, but students are not giving up! Growth Mindset!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Montag, 6 February 2017

1) I subbed for an 8th grade class and students completed work, listened, and collaborated.

2) Students in math were using manipulatives to explain their thinking. This was particularly exciting, because I ask them to use them whenever they need them and today was the first time I saw this in action!

3) The materials have arrived for building the earthquake proof structures in Science.  

Bonus:  I'm in 1st place on Redbird after being displaced to #2. I'm also in 1st place on PADDLE.