Thursday, January 31, 2019

Thursday, 31 Jan. 2019

I had a meeting at the District Office to work on Common Formative Assessments. It was POURING RAIN and my shoes and socks were soaked when I arrived. Michelle Oropeza had a pair of small socks on her and gave them to me and Maria Rivera set her space heater up so that my shoes could dry. By the end of the day, I had dry shoes to wear home.

I got to see several colleagues that I don't get to see. I was warmly welcomed by Sandoval, Michelle O., Debbie Phillips, Melinda Zeman, Pam Maddox, Joseph Stewart, Marcy Lewis-Abriol, Kim Fairchild and Beth Lindley.

Kim set me up with someone from Patagonia to donate jackets to Dad and Ethel!

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Today was the school Spelling Bee and I wasn't in charge! A third grader made it into the final 7 students. She and one of my students got snowed by Xanadu.

Every student in attendance has completed the onion and cheek cell labs. When the absent students return, we will be done.

My students begged me to finish Restart by Gordon Korman since there were only 2 chapters remaining. So, after lunch, I finished it. The oohs and ahhs and loud silences were evidence that they enjoyed it.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Students are working together to learn about solving equations. They watched a video and then worked with partners to solve equations. The discussions were good. I heard logical reasoning with evidence.

Students are continuing the Cheek Cells and Onion Cells Lab since we only have 5 microscopes. Some of the drawings are very impressive! They did a class Kahoot on cells and microscopes and the majority of students show that they are comprehending the basics of both.

Today was the first meeting of the Computer Science Club. We are starting small but strong. Everyone coded an animated name.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Monday, 28 January 2019


Some girls made a big bouquet out of dried Sycamore leaves.
It was incredibly creative. It was also quite beautiful.


While using the microscopes today, the students were very persistent.
When they first put the cells under the microscope they had difficulty seeing the image but didn’t give up.
A couple of students redid their cheek slides to be able to see the images better.

I showed several videos of young people who shared the results of passion projects in real life. The students seemed interested.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Friday, 25 January 2019

Room 9 del Mar 6th graders worked much of the day with their 1st and 2nd-grade buddies. They helped edit a paragraph, make a negative space MLK, Jr piece, and did a little coding.

Two of my students wrote their own tobacco education play and recruited classmates to perform in it.

Since it was field trip Friday, I had over 10,000 steps before leaving work.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Thursday, 25 January 2019

A few students got started on the onion cell and cheek cell lab. They were helpful with each other and really learned how to use the various objective lenses. 

Students had fun with the art project on negative and positive space that they are doing with buddies tomorrow. 

We finished the tobacco ad lesson that didn't get finished yesterday. The students did a good job identifying tricks that advertisers use and using evidence for their reasons. 






Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Students used the microscopes to look at pond water. They prepared a slide with a drop of pond water, set up the microscope, looked at the slide, cleaned up the slide, and turned off the microscope. Everyone participated. 

Students set up the room for the microscope lab. I wasn’t sure how to do it, but they figured it out. 


I signed up to teach juggling at our Friday workshops after asked by Michelle Geair. 

Had a bit of fun doing art with Abbey in advance of student work on Friday. 

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Students made me laugh while they raced around saying hello to each other during the morning greeting.

Because of a field trip to Rio del Sol, one of the classes could not attend their Hip Hop Mindset Session, so they invited us to take their place. Most students were thrilled!

Today students evaluated each other’s p2 project summaries on their websites. They logged on and were very truthful about how well students were doing on the updates.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday, 18 January 2019

Mrs. Ybarra made labels for my ticket envelopes! She also made a master so I'll be able to make them myself in the future.

First thing this morning, Zoe handed me a model of her tent from the surface area project!

The 6th graders listened to 2nd graders read and then read to them. Buddy time interaction between the bigs and littles is interesting to watch. The students work well together.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thursday, 17 January 2019

During morning meeting we played Cross the Line and students were very surprised to find that both boys and girls have experienced being told they couldn't do something because they were a boy or a girl.

Today students used a microscope for the first time this year. It was gratifying to hear the oohs and aahs as they looked at blood, a bee's leg, dragonfly wing, and fern spores. They were attentive while sketching their observations.


Today was music day and we had some confusion about which students should be in certain classrooms. The students helped Mr. Quaison-Sackey and me to figure everything out. I think we have a proper list now..

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

There were some cute jokes and riddles in the morning meeting.

During math, students were designing tents that would fit a certain (their choice) number of sleeping bags. The students were very attentive and many of the designs were impressive.



There was a meeting regarding a Rio del Sol 6th grade band. We now have a plan in place that will allow for some co-teaching time. I'm looking forward to my students learning about Storymaker!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Rainy Day!
Students posed with the book purchased by Donors Choose. I completed the required Thank you letter and submitted the final project. 
Today students completed their first CFA. What is a CFA, you say? It is a Common Formative Assessment. Since we don't have desks for every student, there are three students to every two desks. They worked quietly and about 40% showed a high level of comprehension regarding area.
I allowed students to come back early from lunch to play Mancala, or other games since they are feeling stifled in the cafeteria. They were very well behaved.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Monday, 14 January 2019

Today was the first attempt at a new EduProtocol, Sketch and Tell. It went well! Here is a screenshot. Tomorrow students will evaluate peer slides.


Several students are completing their first book project for Book Club! I've got to come up with a plan for scheduling the completion of books and projects.




Some parents, a student, Dr. Cordova, and I had a very productive conference after school today. Positive planning and teamwork in action.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thursday, 10 January 2019

 Students worked really well together in partners and groups to better understand the algorithms for solving surface  area and volume.

 Students reorganized the room a couple of times today. Once just to do morning work & later to prepare for the afternoon music class. It was done very efficiently and I was impressed.

I attended  the music class in the afternoon  as the staff teacher in the room. I was able to look at some student work while Mr. Sackey conducted the music class.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

I had a productive meeting before school and appreciated being heard. I also received a lovely piece of blown glass!

Today was library day and students were very quiet, efficient, and organized. We were back in the classroom to continue our morning meeting very quickly.

During math, students enjoyed challenging their knowledge of exponents using Kahoot!


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Tuesday, 8 January 2019


The morning began with problems logging in to Quizizz, Blogger, and doing a google search for microscope! The software that protects the district web has been causing problems on my MacBook, so I used one of the extra student computers for attendance, etc today. Number 1 Positive is that I have colleagues and friends who really care.

After a rough start to the morning, I was impressed by how quickly the students responded when it was time to refocus or listen to others.

Since students are still learning about surface area and volume, they used cubes today to investigate perfect cubes. Some of the paragraphs were very well done.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Monday, 7 January 2019

The students came in and sat quietly (literally NOBODY talking) for morning meeting!

During Math, over 50% of the students had their math journals out before I even mentioned them. We revisited surface area and volume and It looked as though more students were understanding the concept. They definitely had fun making the different figures with only 8 square units.


I wanted to share a book I had seen on Twitter and Dr. Cordova delivered it!