Thursday, February 28, 2019

Thursday, 28 February 2019

I was able to complete a lesson on body systems with a linking cube analogy.


Super positive-- the morning rain stopped in time for us to walk to Rio del Sol for the first ever Rainbow Run! The student REALLY got into it! After helping clean up, some were rolling in the remaining chalk!



It was the birthday of Amadis and her mother, Maria brought mini-Bundt cakes for everyone! I enjoyed a lemon one!My final positive is a recurring one whenever we walk to Rio del Sol and that is that I have over 10,000 steps before the end of the school day! 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Wednesday, 27 February 2019



Dr. Cordova visited and made a very interesting presentation about Ancient Civilizations, learning, anthropology, and learning. It was a great way to show growth mindset!


Being outside is a positive for me so watching the students work on throwing skills was enjoyable. I also started a new warm-up procedure.


Today was inside out, backwards, or mixed up day. Several students had fun with it!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tuesday, 26 February 2019


Today was CRAZY SOCK DAY! A few students and I participated and showed off our socks. 
Mystery Science with 2nd grade buddies was a highlight. The students especially enjoyed squirting their mountains with "rain" from a squirt bottle.

Learning about government is proving a challenge. Students are working in groups and writing a script about a form of government that they can share with the class. They will animate the script. A few groups have some good starts and students are VERY curious about some types of governments that are more repressive. I'm learning new things each day!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Monday, 25 February 2019


Several students dressed up in PJs for Dr. Seuss dress up week. Their excitement is contagious.


JT put some linking cubes together for a Visual Pattern. I enjoyed hearing what students noticed and wondered. They noticed that if all were put together, it would form a cube.

Groups started a project for Storymaker. They are describing forms of government. It was interesting to find out about contemporary oligarchies, anarchies, and dictatorships.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Friday, 22 February 2019

Today was our walking field trip to Rio del Sol for the first Flowing Friday workshop day. The morning is spent by students attending self-chosen workshops. I taught juggling and it was great fun.


After the Flowing Friday workshops, my students worked with 1st and 2nd graders to learn about their heart. 

We walked back to Rio del Mar and then I returned to Rio del Sol to tour the middle school building. It's taking shape!
Outside view.  
Hallway view.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Thursday, 21 February 2019

The students wrote thank you notes to people who donated time and money to help with the Catalina Trip. The creativity in the cards was lovely!

The students moved desks, chairs, and stools in under 2 minutes! They were excellent listeners during today's read-aloud of Running Out of Time.

Mr. Romano compiled a video of photos from the CIMI trip and shared it with us. The students LOVED it!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

One of the positives of today was the staff meeting. I was feeling anxious about the first Flowing Friday but was able to address some of those issues which made me MUCH more comfortable!

Another positive was the way students are explaining how to solve simple algebra problems with Hands-On Equations. The students seem confident and are willing to review lessons when confused.

The other positive was PE. We worked on throwing and catching skills and I participated since there was an odd number of students. The lesson went well and I had fun playing catch!!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tuesday, 19 February 2019



Two students from my cabin group started my day off with thank you gifts!

We had another marshmallow building challenge and the top structure was 7 cm this time. New strategies were evident and students were enjoying themselves.

I'm enjoying watching the students learn new strategies with Hands-On Equations. Today a group figured out how to use the bluetooth speaker.

I brought the shark lesson today and shared it. It was a big hit. In the afternoon, my students served as docents of a shark museum for students from Mrs. Burke's class.

It was a good Tuesday.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Students began the day with another engineering challenge. Given 10 toothpicks and one cardboard tube, build the highest structure. I was impressed with students who took the tube apart! Way to think critically!

Tuesday is Buddy Day with Mrs. Franckowiak and her 2nd grade students. The activity was from Mystery Science regarding the heart in honor of Valentine's Day.


One of my students, JCP, pointed out that pulmonary had to do with the lungs. He suggested to his bilingual classmates, "just think of it in Spanish and pulmo will let you know."

Monday, February 11, 2019

Monday, 11 February 2019

Students had a successful morning meeting with some competition to build the tallest structure with only 22 marshmallows. Two teams tied with 4 centimeters.


There was an excellent discussion in class regarding an algebra puzzle. We had half the class with one answer and half with another trying to convince each other they were correct. After some intense discussion, the entire class came to a conclusion.


Several students have been coming in before school, after school, and at lunch to finish a puzzle. They finally finished and were ecstatic!