Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Royal Solvers worked silently and wrote ideas for the water project. Afterwards, they worked together to solve the Digital Breakout that the other classes solved yesterday.

I contacted a tech teacher in Texas who shared information about how to design a digital BREAKOUT. She shared many resources. I look forward to designing one.

Many students were successful at creating a document and uploading a photo of their manufacturing plant.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

I remembered to wear a College shirt.

I purchased access to Breakout EDU with a kit. My students solved a sample digital BreakoutEDU and were THRILLED!

Science classes finished sharing their System Design comparing manufacturing plants to cells.

I mess up a little every day, but I think I messed up less today.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tuesday, 28 November 2107

A couple colleagues shared some good ideas and information about lessons.

A student made an artistic name tag of my name.

Students collaborated in productive ways on their system design comparison to a cell.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Monday, 27 November 2017

Students were ready to work! There was a new student in Creative Problem Solving and students explained projects, routines, and how to play SET. They solved SET in under 2 minutes AGAIN! The Homeroom students also found all 6 SETS.

 I received a plan for a room layout with new furniture.
From this....
To this....

Math students did some great thinking using Visual Patterns today.

The systems in Science are coming around. I'm planning a Flipgrid presentation for sharing.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday, 17 November 2017

Today was Turkey Trot Friday with an ASB Rally and Time Machine Dress Up Day. The teacher's had the most inventive costumes.

Several homeroom students helped organize the very sloppy computer cart!

Royal Solvers tried the No Hands Cup Stacking since I missed seeing them do it yesterday. 

Students learned how to play mancala since I only met with one math group today.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

My computer return class solved SET in less than one minute! The morning students had trouble with it but finally solved it in just under 3 minutes with my accidental help.

Math students continued to work well together to understand the Distributive Property.

Science Cell posters are concrete evidence of group collaboration.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

I remembered to make new Google Classrooms for Trimester 2 and almost all students are signed up.

In Math, we did a sorting activity to help students visualize Distributive Property. One of my most challenging groups figured everything out quickly and finished two bags worth of the sorting. I was very proud of them.

Later, in science, I had another sorting activity. This was required students to use logic to determine whether the information on the cards referred to Cells, Plants, or Animals. Students were very attentive and I heard some good arguments for why they were sorting things a particular way. Two groups finished.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday, 13 November 2017

CPS solved SET in less than 2 minutes.

Math students worked together on a complicated problem and learned about collaboration.

Students used manipulatives and were careful with them. We didn't lose any cubes. Period 7 solved the locker problem. One student noticed the number of lockers between open lockers was going by twos. The class looked at factors and noticed a pattern of 1 x 1, 2 x 2, 3 x 3, etc.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Some of my students came in before school and dusted the Interactive TV, the cart, and a very dusty counter. When they finished, they used the blocks to make a design.
Royal Solvers found all 6 SETS but the Computer Return class could only find 5 of the 6.

Several boys finished some cell research and helped staple some copies of Cell information for next week's classes.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Royal Solvers had a guest speaker today. They listened attentively and participated appropriately for 91% of the time. As soon as they heard the clean up bell, some started shuffling through backpacks while the geologist was speaking. There were some interesting demonstrations of water solubility that interested the students.

I received an amazing email from a very supportive colleague who knows that I've been a little down about student performance lately. It included the following messages...

The computer return class solved SET again in under 3 minutes. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

A few of my students are learning about slope equations using Desmos Marbleslides. They are impressing me.

The Computer return students solved SET in 2 minutes 58 seconds.

A few teachers met with a parent of a shared student and had a productive and very positive conference.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Science Carnival 2017

Rio School District hosted the CSUSI Science Carnival for 2017. It was a windy Saturday afternoon and evening, but fun was had by all. I arrived at 3:30 for the SEEL event. I received a name badge and a map and started exploring. I met several colleagues along the way, stored many links to activities via the digital codes, and collected science tidbits to take home. I even saw a previous student who is president of a Science Club at Pacifica H.S. I now need to see how some of the activities can best fit our curriculum and standards. I was particularly interested in the DNA extraction from a strawberry!
Ivory soap in the microwave:

Making bubbles with CO2
Artifacts that could be used to teach about early civilizations. Colleen teaches archeology at CSUCI and she or her students can bring artifacts to our students studying early civilizations. Touching tools that are over 3000 years old was exciting!

Making smoke rings with a smoke machine. However, the wind was not helping. 

Meeting up with colleagues. 

Enjoying Sodium Alginate worms.

I was also able to make my own lip balm with beeswax.

Monday, 6 November 2017

The day started with a good parent conference.

Period 7 was attentive and on task throughout the day.

Students in CPS had fun with flipgrid. They also solved SET in 2:18.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday, 3 November 2017

Royal Solvers used Flipgrip today to tell about hobbies.

I had perfect attendance in math classes today so students were able to take the district required STAR Math test. Most students scored higher than last time.

Several students are learning about slope using desmos.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thursday, 2 November 2017

On today's skill quiz, the majority of the students scored well above 50%.

Students are still sharing their halloween candy with me.

Students were very engaged with the factor strings lesson in math.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

I received an email from the principal including a letter she received from Brown University about my use of Bootstrap in Creative Problem Solving.

Students took notes about factors in their Interactive Notebooks using the ideas I learned at CMC-South. They all tried their best although some are still having difficulty putting their words in writing.

Some of my science students made some interesting connections between everyday objects and cells.

And on top of that, several students shared some of their Halloween candy with me!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Happy Halloween!  The students are loving this holiday.
There are many teachers in fun costumes as well. I wore the after marathon outfit.

And to top it off, they completed the Youth Truth survey.