Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

The Math Challenge Team students were excited to get their t-shirts today. Most of them returned the field trip forms.  Period 3 Bootstrappers are doing well. I was impressed with some of the definitions students wrote today. During Science, students collected flowers to determine the reproductive parts. The drawings were impressive. Some students found links online to help determine parts. They are shared in this padlet










Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tuesday, 29 May 2018


These graphic representations of time and travel from last week were different and interesting.

One of my Homeroom students presented me with this ceramic pencil holder at the end of the day. It was all wrapped up. I love the design.

Front and back
The Math Challenge shirts were delivered today. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday, 25 May 2018

The positives were abundant today.

CPS was full of positive vibes. Students worked on Genius Projects, then explored spin signatures using Doodle Tops, and finally worked with coding and understanding error messages.

Coding explained. 

In Science, many students completed work that was late. I was out for the afternoon but noticed my inbox full of assignments turned in on Google.


 I joined Michael Connelly, Tony Ostrowski, and Dr. Ralph Cordova for a meeting with Mrs. Wantz at Cabrillo Middle School. She shared her journey of blended learning with us. It was a very informative discussion and makes me feel empowered as we begin our own journey with Rio del Sol.


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Students enjoyed a few Which One Doesn't Belong discussions and then shared their choices with the class.




I finished all my testing today!

Several Homeroom students put boxes together so I was able to box several more collections of books. The boxes are labeled and have been added to the stack.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

College Shirt Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Mary, Mrs. Phillips, and I all wore Pepperdine Waves shirts today.

I have quite a few cupboards cleared. Boxes are neatly stacked in the back of the classroom.

All students who attended my afternoon math class have finished testing! (There was one absent student.)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 Math Testing Week

Another day of testing with students working hard and being respectful. Quite a few students have completed all their tests.

Some CPS students were excited about making rectangles using code. A couple "discovered" why they needed two numbers as input.

Homeroom Students found all 6 SETS.

More cupboard space is clear.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday, 21 May 2018 Math Testing Week

Today was the Rio MathNIC. A couple of students gave Mrs. Tillman and me a shout out to thank us for encouraging them to look for simpler problems.

I have students place a sticker on a chart when they find a SET. One of the CPS students filled up her entire row on the chart.

I brought popcorn for the lunch math team students and they LOVED it!

A couple of students were in alternative testing environments and that worked out well for the class as a whole. The students were very quiet and mostly attentive during the CAASPP testing for all periods.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday, 18 May 2018

One of my students presented this to me at the end of the day!

This feels good! I'm organizing what I need to use daily and packing what I don't use regularly.




Today was Pressure Plays Day in MSPP when the students try role-playing ways to say no to using tobacco products. The students had fun.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Thursday, 17 May 2018

I stopped the shelf project for a bit since I didn't have boxes. I now have a supply of boxes thanks to Bernice Holladay and am back on track cleaning cupboards.


The majority of students are behaving appropriately and doing their best to learn. 

The CPS students seemed to be interested in working with strings to code shapes. They experimented with the code and found that the program doesn't recognize rectangle, rhombus, trapezoid, or hexagon.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

I packed up some more materials today and Melinda gave me some more boxes.

Students used a variety of techniques to understand negative and positive integers. They were on task.

I had a great conversation with a parent after school today.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Students continue to do a good job at keeping quiet for the rooms testing nearby.

Homeroom students had a better SET time than Period 3 today. 45 seconds : 52 seconds

Two girls from the Math Challenge Team met at lunch and worked on problems today when it wasn't scheduled. I mentioned that I would be here if they want extra practice.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Monday, 14 May 2018

CPS students worked hard on Bootstrap today even though some are not interested.

I asked, "What is Math?" Here are some of the responses in a word cloud. I used Poll Everywhere. 


All members of the Math Challenge team were here for lunch practice today. They exhibited the skills of mathematicians when they kept exploring a problem even after they solved it!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Friday, 11 May 2018

Today was all about Teacher Appreciation Week.

The kitchen staff provided an amazing fruit filled morning for us. There was also cheese and crackers and bagels with cream cheese. ASB parents got together and made a lunch of tortillas, shredded chicken, mole, rice, cheese, enchiladas, fruit, lettuce, brownies, cupcakes, candy...


Signs were placed on classroom doors.

I wasn't feeling the love with my students and said so. Then a few of them shared that they appreciated the work I put into my lessons.

Three CPS students wore the tie-dye shirts that they learned to make during Genius Hour.

At the end of class, the students got their best SET time EVER, 28 seconds!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Thursday, 10 May 2018

These kids crack me up some days! During Science we are studying reproduction in plants and animals. Today the students had an activity using paper clips to demonstrate the probability of eggs being fertilized. While passing out the paper clips some students were so excited they got a bit loud. We have to be quiet because of testing, so I reminded them and they got quiet right away. It was just too cute how excited they got with the paperclips though! You can see how quiet they were during the activity in these video clips.



The Royal Solvers had fun testing out the interactions side of the coding website on WeScheme.

Everyone was very quiet while doing equations using Hands-On materials. They really love it.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Bootstrap Coding was the topic in Creative Problem Solving. Students are learning about Circles of Evaluation and how to convert them to computer code. Students were attentive, on task, and successful.


Students in the block schedule were quiet so that nearby classes could concentrate. Many students completed their evaluation of learning from the videos about animal characteristics and seed dispersal in plants.

The administration served a very delicious lunch to honor the teachers on California Day of the Teacher. Squash Ravioli, Lasagna, Salad, Cream Puffs, fruit, and more. I shouldn't have eaten as much as I did since I didn't sleep well last night. The afternoon was tough on me since I was really sleepy. The students were good though.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tuesday, 8 May 2018 Testing Week

My brother was subbing and helped correct some tests!

My teaching partner did Starbucks run at lunch and brought back an afternoon treat.

Students worked very quietly with partners and groups to get their equations solved. Some uploaded videos to show their understanding. A little too fast, the actual equation isn't shown, the original equation isn't on the scale for the check, but a good start nonetheless.


Monday, May 7, 2018

Monday, 7 May 2018 Teacher Appreciation Week

Math Challenge Team played with Area Mazes before school and did some interesting pattern work at lunch.


Several Period 3 Problem Solvers helped move the ITV so that any videos I may show will not be heard in the class next door while they are testing.



Students are testing in Language Arts this week so we have to be very quiet. During math students whispered throughout the period with only a few level 2 voices now and then. All classes worked quietly. During math, students quietly discussed Estimation 180 before working with partners to understand equations using Hands-On Equations.

On top of all of that, there were donuts for the teachers in the lounge before school today!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Friday, 4 May 2018

Students used Solve Me Mobiles to explore equations in a different way. It was interesting to hear some of the number sense being used to solve the problems.

The Seed Dispersal Sort activity was enlightening. As I walked around the room and listened to the reasons why some seeds should be grouped together. The students did well figuring out wind-dispersed seeds.

The video collections of animals, sounds, and behaviors that the students curated for Science was well done. The padlet of videos can be seen here for Period 5 and Period 7.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thursday, 3 May 2018

We abbreviate the Minnesota Smoking Prevention Program to MSPP. I often refer to it as MS. PP. Today I saw this in an agenda and it made me laugh.

Students had a lot of little tasks today which required the use of various supplies. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the scissor box after one of the tasks.

I got an idea from another colleague for making testing easier. Thanks for the idea, Mindy!
A label with log on information is taped to each computer. 
Some of my Royal Solvers solved a missing pen problem by attaching a pen with string (which was hot glued to the pen) to the notebook for signing out of class. 



Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Royal Solvers cheered! I love their excitement.

Everyone was able to log on to the CAASPP website for a practice test.

I had a meeting immediately after school and made it on time.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

There were 9 students who came for the math challenge practice at lunch today. The discussion regarding this series was exciting. It evolved from noticing rows and columns to noticing an intersecting set of rectangles. One vertical rectangle, which if flipped and added to the horizontal rectangle would have the same number of cubes. The horizontal rectangle has rows matching the figure number, so figure 8 would have 8 rows of cubes. The number of cubes per row is two more than the figure number, so 8 would have 10 cubes per row plus two that stick out in a vertical column.  So figure 8 would need 82 squares. It was some crazy interesting reasoning. I LOVED hearing it!

Royal Solvers found all 6 SETs in 40 seconds. They were too funny! It's a great time but they wanted to beat their previous record.

I made a new Hands-On Video for my students. It was good to hear that they understood the strategies as I asked questions.