Panglossian is an adjective meaning characterized by or given to extreme optimism, especially in the face of unrelieved hardship or adversity. Each day I list three positive aspects of that work day.
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The morning meeting activity was Silly Sentences. Each student wrote a vocabulary word from a unit of study and each group chose one from which to formulate a Silly Sentence. The results were amusing!
The students were very actively using information about the microscopes in order to compete in a Quizlet.Live. This was the first one of the year.
Students used mini-whiteboards to show how they would solve the area of a parallelogram. There were interesting discussions going on and ultimately great reasoning that seemed to help all students understand the answer to the problem.
We had a nice walk to Rio del Sol. Students worked with their buddies making climbing spiders and teaching a bit about arachnids. They were able to participate in an upper-grade Rio del Sol Assembly. AND they delivered recyclable bottles to ASB for a school-wide project.
The MOXI visit was very valuable. Students were engaged and cooperative during the Engineering task, Greenhouses on the Moon. I enjoyed seeing how the students applied what we had done in class previously.
After the lab experience, students were able to spend time on each floor of the Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation. They really had fun working alone, in pairs, and in teams exploring the various exhibits.