Friday, March 31, 2017

Friday, 31 March 2017

1) Everybody read silently during Silent Reading time.

2) Students were quiet during CAASP testing. No log in problems.

3) Students are learning about the new charger procedure very quickly.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday, 30 March 2017

1) There were some excellent discussions about understanding volume during math today.

2) I got some compliments on a lesson I put together for Human Environment Interaction.

3) Several students shared their plans for spring break. Trips to Mexico, Texas, Washington, Disneyland, and more.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

1) Students are slowly but surely getting their late Google Classroom assignments done.

2) The majority of students worked diligently on their Performance Task in math as part of the Benchmark Exam.

3) Three students passed AR tests today.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

1) There were no log in problems regarding testing.

2) The room was kept clean.

3) The Google Classroom Science assignment for today was turned in by almost all students.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday, 27 March 2017

1) Several students helped cut up cards to play a game in our CMP3 unit.

2) Our newest CPS student found a SET today and the class finished all 6 finds in under 3 minutes.

3) Students worked diligently on their Benchmark Exam in math and listened attentively to a discipline lecture.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday, 24 March 2017

1.  CPS students completed SET in just over two minutes.

2. Some math students finished the first part of the ICA math benchmark and began Math XL for School. All were quiet and polite.

3. Science questions about human impact were plentiful. Students had some interesting discussions in the groups that started evaluating open ended versus closed questions.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday, 23 March 2017

1) I made a PowToon to advertise Creative Problem Solving

2) All was quiet during Benchmark testing.

3) In Science we are starting a unit on Human Environment Interaction. I began by looking at generational growth and asking students to consider impact on the next generation as a result of the previous generations. The discussions were animated and it appeared that all students were on task.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

1) I learned some new tips for using MathXL for Schools.

2) Reviewing the alignment of test items to DOK levels was interesting. I found a good reference from

3) I enjoyed working with colleagues and having a chance to share successes and challenges.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

1) CPS students came up with some creative acronyms for our class. I put them together on a padlet. They also found all 6 sets in under 2 and a half minutes.

2) Students began the Math ICA Benchmark for the 3rd Trimester. The majority remembered how to log on and problems were minimal.

3) It was a rainy day and several students had lunch in the classroom and watched Spy Animals on PBS.

Monday, 20 March 2017

1) Everyday begins with Silent Reading and I've never mentioned that it is one of the best parts of my day. The students come in every day and quietly start reading. Most days they continue reading during the passing time since they have me for the next period too.

2) I tried out with the math classes today. Students LOVED it! They wanted more quizzes. This always cracks me up!
How to Play Quizlet Live from Quizlet on Vimeo.

3) Computer collection went quickly and smoothly today.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday, 17 March 2017

1)  CUE 2017 NATIONAL CONFERENCE is happening in Palm Springs and I was able to watch a bit of this morning’s Keynote Address by George Couros during Period 1. I really enjoyed it!

2) Students collaborated on fraction problems and videotaped their discussions.

3) Science students voted on the representative buildings for the Earthquake Engineering project.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday, 16 March 2017

1) CPS students are moving along with their Game coding. All students have turned in the Rocket-height video.

2) P3 Math students videotaped themselves doing a collaborative problem solving activity. They will be uploading those into Google Classroom. I'm looking forward to it.

3) Science students are getting started with their culminating presentations for the Earthquake Engineering Project.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

1) CPS students solved the SET puzzle in 2 minutes 12 seconds!

2) Math students did an excellent job communicating with each other, asking questions, clarifying misconceptions, and examining claims to agree upon the information in problems. I monitored my own talking. I'm trying to talk less. It's difficult, but I'm improving.

3) Science students were good listeners and cleaned up the room nicely after their building and painting projects today. Everyone has weighed their models.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

1) More CPS students have uploaded their rocket-height code correction videos.

2) P3 Math students came up with some very good questions to go with the CMP3 problem we had today. Typing them up makes it look very powerful! I just dictated the questions to put them on the blog.

These are all of the questions:
How many friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers does she have? Will there be enough for everyone to eat? How was she going to cut lasagna into 100 servings? How come the lasagna looks small in the picture? How big will the servings be? How much lasagna fits in the pan? Will the lasagna be big enough for the 100 pieces? Why does she celebrate lasagna every year holiday? Why did she cook lasagna 20" x 20" square pan? Where did she get a 20" x 20" pan? Why does she only make it for the winter holidays? How can she cut the lasagna into 100 servings? How many people will she share the lasagna with? What is the size of each serving? Will there be enough lasagna to share? How many slices did she have to cut? Will Ann have any lasagna left over? Why Wendy's mom make 20 inch lasagna? If each person gets two slices, how many are gone? How much money does she spend every year? Why does she make a lasagna with a 20 x 20" pan? Why does she cut the lasagna into 100 slices? How many slices each person get? Is there any leftovers? Why does Ann make lasagna every year? How small would one serving be if Ann cut the lasagna into 100 pieces? How much money does she spend every year? How big are the pieces? Why did she make it for the neighborhood? How long did it take her to make the lasagna? How big are the pieces? Why did they make lasagna for the whole neighborhood? How is she going to cut the lasagna in the 100 pieces? In real life how big is a 20" x 20" square pan? Why do they make lasagna for holiday? How many people were invited? What's 20" x 20" squared divided by 100? How does Ann buy the lasagna? How big are the lasagna pieces? How many people is she serving? Is one pan enough for everyone? How many pieces of lasagna will everyone get? How many leftovers with there be if everyone got two pieces?
Period 5 students identified open-ended and close-ended questions and wrote opposites. They then did a gallery walk to see the work of the other groups.

3) Science students worked on their buildings.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday, 13 March 2017

1) CPS Students worked on solving a programming error. The rocket would not rise until they found and fixed the programming.

2) Math students were attentive and on task for the lesson on tenths and hundredths.

3) Science students learned to screenshot a My Access Score and upload it on Google Classroom.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday, 10 March 2017

1) One of my math students with less confidence than others, showed how to find -1/3 on a number line in front of the entire class. I was impressed.

2) Most students finished their writing benchmark and several in Period 6, typed it and turned it in on Google Classroom as well as My Access.

3) Several students came in to work on their buildings during lunch and those who had finished their benchmark worked on it quietly in class.



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday, 9 March 2017

1) CPS students evaluated their collaboration using the Learning Priorities tools.

2) Some of the students in Math are learning to be more thorough with their explanations. I was particularly impressed with a couple of different explanations for the same problem.

3) Science Students again studiously applied themselves to their writing task.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

1) CPS Students learned about animations. They were very motivated, cooperative, and studious.

2) Some students came in to build during lunch.

3) Students worked quietly and diligently on their Performance Task in Science.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday, 7 March 2017 UCSB Leadership Cadre

1) We had some excellent discussions based on activities from this Number Talks book from Amazon:
Thanks to Jeff Linder.

2) Another activity involved exploring area and "discovering" Pick's Theorem. It looked like an activity from a book I own called Seeing Fractions. I need to check.

3) As usual, the day was full of exploration, reflections, and discovery.

An interesting quote from Phil Daro was shared from the recent UCLA conference. While in Japan, he noticed a difference in thinking.
USA teachers say: How can I teach my kids to get the answer to this problem?
Japanese teachers say: How can I use this problem to teach the mathematics of this unit?

Monday, 6 March 2017

1) Some students finished their spinners.

2) Students cleaned up their building supplies quickly.

3) Some students worked to complete buildings during lunch.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday, 3 March 2017

1) CPS Students solved the SET puzzle very quickly today!
2) I used yesterday's activity from Dr. Puglisi with my other math class. They just got started with the art portion, but some of the 5th period students finished their projects today.
3) Some of the groups are finishing their buildings. I visited other classrooms and saw some of their buildings. Very nice. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thursday, 2 March 2017

1. I was invited to Mr. Sandoval's class to see his group presentations of their Minecraft models of Rio del Valle Middle School. It was impressive. This is just one of them with an aerial view.

2) One of my students helped another to learn how to make a graph using information from Google Sheets.

3) While students were building today, I heard AM explaining to his group his reasoning for suggesting a structural addition to their building. He referred back to a video of a building being tested for earthquake retrofits and why their structure would benefit from a V at each level. His group also added pieces on toilet paper rolls on the top of their tubes to strengthen them before gluing the floor to them.


Bonus: Dr. Puglisi visited and shared a "MART" activity. He also gave each student a set of math tools!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

1) CPS students learned how to fill in an online document with lines and replace them with their answers without leaving the lines.

2) Today was STAR math Test day and students worked quietly and efficiently on their tests. Some completed them and several are showing positive gains. Some who are already above grade level are continuing to soar above grade level.

3) Students are continuing their building projects as part of the earthquake engineering unit. The buildings are starting to look like buildings.