Day 64: The One Where I Collect the Business Plan Project

“And just like that it’s over.”-somewhere in Hamilton, I think. 

I partner up the kiddos, give them time to practice their presentations (some with Google Slides, most just with their hefty packets), have them present, and then we vote for the best design in each class (which is a pleasant throwback to our elections unit).

I collect the packets. I will grade them later. I will tally the votes later. We’re onto coordinate geometry tomorrow. 

(I also remind myself that, no matter how ridiculous it sounds, if I have the kiddos staple their new pages to their packet every day, their turn-in rate is much higher).

What do you notice? What do you wonder?

Day 63: The One with Google Slides

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With the writing theoretically behind us, we move on to presentation preparation. We write up a basic script, then try to transfer it over to Google Slides. This is largely to get our kiddos ready to do presentations for their semester portfolios (which are rapidly approaching).

Most kiddos log into their Google accounts and make a copy of the template. That’s good enough for now.

Some kiddos get a little further. What do you notice? What do you wonder?2016-11-16-23-14-17-2

Day 62: The One with the Essay

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As a school with 100% emerging multilinguals, there is English Language Development integrated into all of our curriculum. It means we do quite a bit of reading and writing, even in mathematics.

This is convenient when doing projects as we get a chance to help the kiddos connect and summarize what they’ve learned.

We are in an odd place today since half of our kiddos walked out in protest on Friday (and about a quarter of those kiddos trickled back in towards the end of the day, meaning classes and groups are in very different places).

Photo: writing by one kiddo, who was gone Friday, but got some support from their group today. What do you notice? What do you wonder?2016-11-14-18-48-12-1

Day 59: The One With Cost *and* Revenue

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Today we took the cost equation and table and graphed it. Then, we graphed the revenue equation and table for each of 2 prices onto the same graphs.

Here’s one of the first work samples that we used as a model for the class. (In grading the projects, a lot of kiddos only have one line and I need to think about how to make that clearer when we teach it again in 2 years).

What do you notice?

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Day 56: The One With Logos

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To start off the Business Plan Project (where the kiddos design clothing and then come up with a business plan to sell it), we talk about logos. Not pictured: kiddos wearing my clothing while ostensibly talking about the logos on them. Also not pictured: Me telling the kiddos I don’t believe in washing clothing. Definitely not pictured: Them removing my clothing as quickly as possible.

What do you notice?

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Day 57: More Mobiles (Maybe)

Stages of the Mobile Project

Stages of the Mobile Project

More work on the Mobile Project today (recap: students choose an object, identify the shapes, and create a mobile object with an area of 200 cm squared. Sound easy? Yeah, that’s what I thought, too). Students started at all stages of the project today and I’m not sure if we’re closer or further together now. One class feels further behind, two feel like we’re making progress and one…I don’t know.

Today’s picture(s) show various stages of the project. The yellow picture is a drawing of a house that one student (who was absent for a bit and is frequently distracted) drew today. I’m pretty pumped for them.

The yellow person is the stage where the student uses a grid to show that their object (the person) is 200 centimeters squared. Right now the person is 60 centimeters squared. I think they can do it, even though we have extremely short periods tomorrow (40 minutes instead of 65 minutes). This student is also easily distracted and I’m psyched they got this far today.

The green and blue truck is actually a tree-truck created by a pair of pretty spunky students. They’re from yesterday’s Dark Horse Class, which has the most finished objects so far. These kids started out wanting to create cars (We’ll make cars! And motors! ¿Còmo se dice “llantas” en ingles?). After struggling valiantly all of yesterday, they came up to me holding the green rectangle and blue circle at the right five minutes into the period today.

“We made a tree!” they exclaimed.

“Too easy,” I said. “What happened to that carro chèvere you were making?”

So they enlisted their friends to create a truck (’cause Complex Instruction). This was in the midst of kids running around with glue guns, a giant box of foam, a pencil sharpening accident and a referral.

“We made a truck!” they exclaimed about 20 minutes later (their friends watched, too).

“Too big,”I said. “It has to be 200 centimeters.”

They’re now in the process of measuring it and cutting it down to size. They’re less than thrilled with me, but they’ll survive. This a case of me not being not as clear with expectations as I’d hoped and an amazing case of students persevering and revising work,