Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

1) Three of the CPS students completed their Kaleidocycles today. Here's one.

2) During Period 3, students who needed to complete the CAASP were in another class. So, I took the time to teach a little about slope. Then I logged students on to Polygraph Lines by  I was hoping to see some good vocabulary in the questions and was impressed by what I saw. They still have a ways to go, but were on task, interested, and working hard to apply their new vocabulary. Some of the inventive spelling is interesting.

3) Most students finished testing in another classroom during Periods 1-3, but some students need to finish testing. So, the most of the class had to read quietly for Periods 4, 5, & 6 while the others finished testing. They were amazing! So quiet. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

1) During CPS it was really quiet. The students were making Kaleidocycles on card stock. They made another paper engineering project last week. The directions for the Kaleidocycle are here:

Thanks to Ms. Guzik for the video link. I have a book with the project, but loved that there was a video to go with it.

2) Several colleagues offered students a place to work so they wouldn't have to read silently for 2 periods.

3) Students worked quietly to complete their tests and those who were in class reading were exceptionally respectful. They continue to impress me after three weeks of testing!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday, 26 May 2017

1) I get a three-day break from testing. Thank you Honored Service People! CPS students polled other students regarding the holiday. The majority of students asked, knew that Monday was Memorial Day and is dedicated to remembering those who died in wars.

2) Some CPS students finished their Accordian Book.

3) Students again worked quietly and respectfully on their tests.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Testing continues and is intense.

1) CPS students continued enthusiastically working on their paper engineering projects.

2) Some students are finished with their Math tests and are working hard on finishing ELA. They continue to be hardworking and respectful.

3) Several colleagues have been willing to allow students (who are done testing) to work in their room so those students have a choice of reading or doing work when they finish testing versus reading silently in a testing room. You know who you are and you're the BEST!!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

This is a challenging week. The CAASP tests are in full swing and it's much more difficult to find the silver lining, but here we go...

1) CPS students started a new paper engineering project today and two students came up with their own new and novel designs with some of the leftover paper.

2) Students were quiet, respectful, and hardworking during their testing sessions. They should be very proud of themselves.

3) Many students brought their own earbuds, so I didn't have to pass out as many headphones.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

1) RdV's Math Challenge Team continues to impress me with their before school problem solving.

2) CPS students made Butterfly Kisses with classroom materials and none the of specialty tools. They measured, cut, and connected and solved problems along the way. Lining up the antennae posed a problem for a couple students, but they figured it out.

3) We are in the midst of CAASP testing, so the only class I'm teaching is Creative Problem Solving. The students are being very attentive during the testing session, being quiet and courteous, and the indications of hard concentration are impressive me. I hope this is reflected in the results.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday, 22 May 2017

1) CPS students tackled an art/engineering project and were measuring, cutting, and critically thinking. The project design included tools that we don't have in the classroom, but students figured out how to do the project anyway!

2) The Math/Science students needed some extra testing time to complete ELA tests. They were exemplary during this additional testing session. Parents should be proud of how hard these students worked today. I certainly am impressed!

3) At the end of the testing sessions, I taught the students how to find a SET. Each class found at least one SET out of today's puzzles.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday, 19 May 2017

1) Students had fun with a desmos activity about Inequalities. They did some graphing and made sense of the math.

2) MSPP was today and students role played ways to say NO to tobacco products.

3) Computers were returned before the tardy bell for computer return time today!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

1) CPS students voted to have 15 minutes of Silent Reading. Several students received AR Awards for their reading.

2) In Science, students worked together to try to solve clues on a digital Breakout. They were interested, active, and truly collaborating.

3) I tried to sneak in a Number Talk and several students noticed something about the fractions, and students finally noticed that two fractions were equal even though the parts of the whole were different.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

1) I've been in daily contact with a few parents and it's been very positive. I'm happy, they're happy. Here's hoping all continues in a positive direction.

2) Students worked on understanding graphing using desmos today. On task, interested, willing to learn from mistakes, persevering, and happy.

3) Three students helped shut down computers so students wouldn't be late to lunch. Go Team!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

1) My principal is a good listener. She brightened my day by supporting my classroom practice.

2) My students are trying to make Breakout Clues for another class to solve. Wish me luck and putting them all together in a document that other people can access. I'm learning many new things and getting help form others. Thanks to MariVenturino and Justin Birckbichler @Mr_B_Teacher.

3) The majority of students were on task, cooperative, and caring.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday, 15 May 2017

1) CPS students worked on a digital Most of them figured it out. All of the students worked well together.

2) I learned about curriculum from EDpuzzle.

3) Two groups solved the Llama/Ostrich problem. Here is one solution...

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday, 12 May 2017

1) The office staff treated the teachers to a breakfast of fruit, chorizo burritos, mini-omelettes, pastries, and juice. At lunch there was chips and salsa followed by Root Beer Floats. I had to exercise some willpower and didn't have a float! Two of my students brought gifts.
2) Students were actively participating in the Tobacco program. The 5Cs were actively seen in each group.
3) I didn't have to collect computers at the end of the day!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Thursday, 11 May 2017

1) Five students met before school at 8AM in my classroom to practice math for the Rio Math Challenge. They are working on writing questions that make sense mathematically. They still have a way to go, but the discussion was interesting.

2) Cake - need I say more?

Thanks to the district office.

The school staff honored us in a punny way.

3) Number Talk.  I was able to get at least one response before the bell rang in two of my three groups of students. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

1) I received this note in my email first thing this morning. I love examples of applied math skills!

Hi Ms. Townsley, Today, I went with my sister to get gas and it was $2.98 per gallon. She only needed 5 gallons to fill up her tank and to try to find out the total, I rounded 2.98 to 3 and multiplied 3 by 5. My answer was $15 but I subtracted 10 cents from that because I added 2 cents for every gallon she bought to make the problem simpler. That's how I figured her total was $14.90.

2) Creative Problem Solving students made some interesting cards for Mother's Day.

3) Math students were looking at graphs with different intervals and there were some AHA moments when students discovered that the intervals were not going up by ones. It was fun to watch. 

I snuck in a Fraction Talk during the last 5 minutes of class. I'm only able to call on one or two students, but at least we get some dialogue out about explaining fractions. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day and I found out that I am REALLY appreciated.

1) Several people went out of their way to show they care. Special high fives to MO, DP, and VS.

2) We had a lockdown drill and students only needed to be asked once to be very quiet. 

3) The day flew by and was over before I knew what hit me!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday, 8 May 2017

1) It's Teacher Appreciation Week and I received a nice letter from the superintendent, a gift from a student, and a gift from staff.

2) Students are responded well to class routines, working well together, and being polite.

3) I managed to get a Fraction Talk squeezed in as we waited for the bell. My new routine is to have students clean up 5 minutes before the end of class and wait on the carpet studying whatever I have on display. Then I call on as many students as I can before the bell rings.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday, 5 May 2017

1) We had a number talk that was limited to 5 minutes and got some interesting results. Students are participating and that is positive.

2) Students are enjoying the MSPP (Smoking Prevention Program) and our participating appropriately. 

Every year the students think that a large number of students smoke, but the real data is only 3% of 6th graders use tobacco regularly.

3) I worked with a colleague to improve a form. This was the number 1 highlight of my day, because the old form drove me nuts!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thursday, 4 May 2017

1) I'm still working on the Fraction Number Talks which has been like pulling teeth. Not many students are putting a thumb up to show that they have an answer. However, today, more students had thumbs up and the explanations are improving.
2) We had a guest speaker at our staff meeting who shared some strategies (much like GLAD strategies) to help our students access demanding text. It got me thinking about how to better frontload text with students. 

3) All of my trimester 3 reporting has been combined into Q and is updated. It's due this weekend, but I'm done!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

1) The majority of students complete their STAR Math test while I was at the VR Conference.

2) I managed a number talk today and more students participated.

3) One of my very hardworking students stayed after school to work on math.

Special Report VISION AR/VR Summit

The past two days were a whirlwind on expanding knowledge on my part. I attended a Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality conference at Loews Hollywood Hotel. There were many positives about today. So here are the normal 1, 2, 3.

1) My principal supported my attendance at the event at the last minute.
2) I left for Hollywood at 8:33 AM and arrived in time for the 10AM Keynote address.
3) I experienced Virtual and Augmented Reality in a number of different situations. At one point I felt like I was IN a MOVING elevator! It was really freaky!

Some visual highlights can be seen here.

Notice the differences in devices. 

This is the Microsoft Hololens. 

This is approximately what I was doing.

It felt like I was actually playing!

Here is my email showing the surveys I completed for the presentations I attended.