Friday, April 28, 2017

Friday, 28 April 2017

1) One of my students shared an assignment that was above and beyond the call.

2) Today was Session 1 of the Minnesota Smoking Prevention Program led by student Peer Leaders. The students did some choral reading that was right on the nose and the leaders did a very good job with their first activity.

3) On the weekly math homework, some of the students had excellent drawings and descriptions of what they were doing and why.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

1) My day started with an email from a student telling me he had helped his brother (a kindergartener) with adding and subtracting.

2) Students came up with several ways to solve 1/4 of 12 without paper. I'm still trying to get better at writing their thinking.

3) Jennifer made my day by sending me something for free when I had a completely frustrating experience on a website trying to purchase an item for my classroom. The website has some serious glitches and I spent my entire lunch trying to work through it. Then, trying to get connected to the right person was equally difficult. It was nice to get a payoff this nice for my time!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

1) Two of my CPS students were honored for excellence by the District office employees.

2) I finally finished scoring the Interim Comprehensive Assessments and was pleasantly surprised by the number of students who improved their scores. (Indicated with + signs.) Those whose scores were lower, were not much lower. In one case by only one point. 

3) A quick WODB at the end of class had time for three ideas. There were many more being shared orally as students left class.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday, 24 April 2017

1) I'm trying to begin each day in Creative Problem Solving with a quick number talk. Today's was a fraction problem. It was interesting that those students who solved it, all related it to money.

2) Both math classes went really well today with effective group work and some excellent examples for comparing two fractions. Some of the work elicited questions and discussion.

3)  In Science, students worked in pairs to discuss vocabulary regarding online research. They were active, on task, and good participants for the most part. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday, 21 April 2017

1) Creative Problem Solvers continued with their Art project. They are learning how to use ellipses, parallel lines, circles, and Parabolic curves to draw a can.
2) We had Peer Leader Training for the MSPP program. Each 6th grade Science teacher sent students to my room for the training and the students were attentive, effective, and seemed to enjoy themselves. 

3) We looked at patterns today with a polygon activity and the students were on task and noticed patterns. The mistakes sparked some great conversations and students even found equations for future patterns in the sequence. 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

1) I learned to use a spreadsheet to make a form.

2) Students had fun choosing peer leaders for our upcoming MSPP unit.

3) Students enjoyed seeing friends after their spring break.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

1) I enjoyed visiting with colleagues at Rio Vista for our Professional Development Day.

2) I received quite a few compliments regarding my presentation on Blended Learning.

3) I got to try Google Glasses in Jarkko's presentation on Virtual Reality. I also worked with Billy Almstrom to get a photo into 360 degrees.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday, 7 April 2017

1) I'm doing Number Talks with Creative Problem Solving Students. We had fun with shapes this morning.

2) My Science students watched PSAs done by Mrs. Legaspi's 2/3 students and a few wrote emails to let her know. I received a very nice email about how excited she was about the emails.

3) For math, we did a Problem Solving Tea Party. Student discussions were rich and meaningful.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thursday, 6 April 2017

1) Some of my students updated my PADDLE t-shirt.
2) During the last few minutes of math, I snuck in a quick decomposition activity. Here are the results:
35 + 22
5 x 10 + 7
9 x 6 + 3
40 + 10 + 7

3) Science students edited a question to make it more accurately reflect our topic of study. There were two good ones at the end of the activity.
  • If our population increases will it affect nature?
  • Will there be enough resources for the amount of humans?
BONUS: While enjoying some excellent PD at Rio Vista Middle School I got a text to check my email. In my email was a letter notifying me that I was chosen for one of the 6th grade positions at the Rio STEAM Academy.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

1) The lunch to celebrate our librarian was excellent!

2) I snuck in a "Which One Doesn't Belong?" and heard some good observations.

3) I called a few parents about amazing math test results. They were as thrilled as I.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

1) I introduced another class to They were seriously happy!

2) Several students played math games online in the classroom after eating lunch.

3) One of my students helped me with a variety of technical computer needs. His knowledge out-paced mine. I welcomed the new knowledge. Thanks MJ!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday, 3 April 2017

1) CPS students solved set in 1 minute 4 seconds!

2) Students cleaned up the supplies from the Earthquake Engineering Unit.

3) I made a mistake regarding an online test and my students were very understanding.