Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday, Career and College Day, 23 March 2018

Today was Career and College Day with afternoon special sessions with staff.
The morning sessions were amazing. We started with Mr. Wootten who was a science teacher, lawyer, and musician.
Our next session was with Troy Hill, cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams.
We then heard from one of my favorite presenters, Ocil with CAUSE. Her organization does so much to help local community members. 
We then learned about adding music to movies, television shows, and other entertainment from Reuvin Herman, Composer. He shared some of his work from K-9 Adventure: Legend of the Lost Gold and Star Wars.
That was followed by a chemist, Misael Ramirez. We heard about using mass spectrometers and gas chromatographs to check pesticide levels in fruit.
Our last presentation got cut short. It was Mitoku Kitazumi from CSUCI. She shared information about her program to help first-generation college students succeed. She was an energetic and very interesting presenter!

In the afternoon I taught origami. Some of the other presentations were on cupcake decorating, Shrinky dink pixel art, DIY crafting, gemology, Hour of Code, Watercolor painting, and more. All of the student responses I heard were VERY positive. The students in my origami sessions were very interested, even if they found it challenging. One student taught me another type of origami star made with parallelograms.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

RAINY Thursday, 22 March 2018

It was a good rainy day. I started by cleaning another shelf.
During the day, students wrote letters to thank our Donors for our Multimedia fundraiser. One student made a green screen background and all students wrote really nice letters.

One group of students solved the Fraction Breakout EDU. They were SO excited! I didn't take any photos, but they were the students in the Donors Choose Thank you photo.

I started each math class with a quick number talk using Which One Doesn't Belong? and the students used our new equipment to share their solutions.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

RAINY Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The rain may have dampened my spirits a bit. However, Period 1 students had fun choosing their Friday afternoon activities following Career Day.

Period 2 was spent helping a colleague without a sub.

Period 3 students were still trying to break the last code. I've never seen students want to solve a problem so badly! Several students worked on letters to thank donors. They love the white boards!


Another shelf finished... One closet DONE!

They finished in 57 seconds!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Another shelf is clean. Day 3; three shelves. Right on target!

I finally used the BreakoutEDU kit in Creative Problem Solving. They unlocked 5 out of 6 locks. They were SO excited. I would like to do more of these. This one concentrated on understanding Ordering Operations in mathematics.

The lunch math gang visited again today along with a couple of students interested in the 2018 Rio Math Challenge. GN and DB solved the taco problem.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Monday, 19 March 2018

Another day, another shelf. Materials for science and maker space is packed for the STEAM Academy.

CPS students tried to do a BREAKOUT.EDU today. 

Paper Pool Proportions went well for another day.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday, 16 March 2018

The first student Flipgrid book talk was posted from Homeroom Readers.

The Paper Pool Proportion activity was well received. Several students started making connections between the dimensions of the tables and the trajectory of the ball. Alexia found the proportion for any array with 3 hits.  Other students were noticing at pattern, but hadn't figured it out yet.

There was a Rally today so classes were shorter and the gym was LOUD, but there were moments of fun. The band students played and we have 2 xylophone players!

Goal: Clean one shelf per day for move to STEAM Academy. Day 1- done!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Homeroom Readers learned about flipgrid to share their books with each other. They are very excited about using this new tool.

The lunchtime study kids wanted to do a Kahoot at lunch, so I obliged.

There were some good discussions regarding the sun's energy and it's effect on wind formation.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Pi Day 2018, 3.14

Royal Solvers found all SETS in 33 seconds!

Today was Pi Day and my students explored Pi during Math and Science via a hyperdoc I altered from the Hyperdoc Girls.

Art and math
Each height is representing a decimal value of pi.

 I received a gift of another book today! Thanks Jay Sorensen.

Several students helped me organize the supplies from our science activity yesterday. They deflated globes, removed tape from rulers, and removed batteries from the flashlights. 

I showed a video about Stephen Hawking, so that students would know a little more about the famous scientist who died today. They politely watched it.