Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Royal Solvers cleaned up more efficiently today.

Most math students have topics for their Frayer Model Project and many have started already.

The book I wanted was in the library this morning!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

In Math, I'm working with students to understand equations using Hands-On Equations. Many are very excited about these lessons and are going past the required lessons.

When asked, everyone showed their Interactive Notebooks.

Royal Solvers cleaned up really well today. They are cutting cardboard and it gets a bit messy.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Monday, 26 February 2018

There is a pattern in my class right now. Students who haven't finished the benchmark test need a quiet room and the other students have risen to the challenge.

A few science students asked to redo some work that was not done well. I was impressed with their initiative and willingness to do the work again.

Royal Solvers are getting their late work in and many have started the cardboard project.

After work, I went to UCSB for the National Geographic Live program featuring Astronaut Terry Virts. This was the opening video before his talk.

Saturday, 24 February 2018 Mathcounts Competition

Rio students participate in the Mathcounts competition. I was very proud of them.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Friday, 23 February 2018

Royal Solvers used SMART Goals today. Many of them set a goal for completion today and met it. Several blogs are up and running.

Math students are continuing to be very polite and quiet while others finish their benchmark test.

Students enjoyed an online water cycle drawing activity.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The morning Mathcounts team is blowing my mind!

Science: I enjoyed the variety of comic strips showing the water cycles that students made from their thought experiment in the Water Cycle Game.

Students in math were quiet, attentive, and respectful during testing. I have scored all of the constructed response questions for students who have completed the test. The results aren't exactly positive, but I discovered some common confusions regarding variables. Many students are evaluating x as a multiplication symbol.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

More students showed up this morning for Mathcounts.

Royal Solvers completed a video today.

Science Students in Period 5 enjoyed the Water Cycle game and did a good job evaluating what they learned as part of this "thought experiment" about the water cycle.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Another video was produced in CPS. I also enjoyed looking at the various stop motion projects. Just press play on the links to view.

Almost all students were able to log on to the district testing website for the Benchmark exam and it was very quiet while students worked on the test. 

Students in Science seemed to enjoy the Water Cycle Game. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday, 16 February 2018

Mathcounts discussions were interesting!

Royal Solvers completed the SETs in 59.9 seconds and Homeroom found them all in 58.9!

In Science we are just starting to learn about weather and students worked well on a vocabulary assignment. We didn't get to the Water Cycle game though--not enough time!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thursday, 15 February 2018

The Chalk Talk routine hasn't been in my class for awhile and I was impressed with the students as they wrote and drew about the Water Cycle.

 I even put all the posters up in the room already.
Several Mathcounts team members returned forms today. 

Math- Studying Fractions and Number Lines
Students used photos of songs to estimate fractional parts and shared their thinking. It was interesting to note that students who had a specific strategy had better estimations. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday, Valentine's Day 2018

This morning, I met colleagues at the District Office to put together a Benchmark for math by 11AM. Done.

My sub, Mr. Ramos, did an excellent job winging it when my guest speaker had to cancel.

Gifts! Always a positive!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

10 Students showed up before school for Mathcounts.

Royal Solvers found all 6 SETs in 1:10 this morning. The Homeroom students found them all just as the bell rang to end the day. It took them over 4 minutes.

Several groups came up with some good strategies for solving percent problems by breaking down the percent into parts.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday, 12 February 2018

Students worked very quietly on their Body Systems Test today.

Several students turned in late assignments.

I enjoyed exploring division with Josh Zucker at Math Teachers Circle at CLU.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday, 9 February 2018

Two of my most challenging students made great strides this week in behavior.

Over 1/2 of my students returned their signed STAR Math form.

I was impressed by the good listening and collaboration during partner math.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Thursday, 8 February 2018

The pottery is starting to look glazed and the students cleaned up efficiently.
Students are using Jabara on mangahigh to help with comprehending variables. A few students are now in competition for the top spots. Some are even coming in at lunch!

Science students read about body systems silently for 30 minutes.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Royal Solvers set up for pottery and cleaned up very efficiently today.

Students are LOVING Hands-On Equations. Most students are completing the Extra Practice even though it is not required. I see excited students as they succeed.

Students are being more proactive in getting help. Some are even coming in at lunch.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Since we have minimum days for conferences all week, I'm using Hands-On Equations for math. Students were very motivated and worked well together on the equations. It's nice to see confidence building as they successfully tackle the problems.

Parent conferences began today. It feels good to have parents who really want to help their children succeed.

My Spanish was comprehensible enough for parents to understand!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Friday, 2 February 2018

A few students in CPS organized the cardboard in the room. It was really messed up, but looks great now. I wish I had taken a photo!

Students continue to be engaged with 360 degree math. They worked at desks and the whiteboard was an option today, but many chose to use whiteboards. I'm trying to get students to include more reasoning. We have done a lot of oral reasoning, but I'd like to see more written explanations.  

Several students checked out computers for the three day weekend and remembered the procedure. Yeah!