With a planned trip to Virginia to live at Colonial Williamsburg for the summer teacher institute, I thought it important to learn more about the place. The video here tells about how the restoration of Williamsburg began with a visit to the area by the wealthy John D. Rockefeller and his wife.
What is everyone doing out there? Yesterday I completed the 15th lesson set for our HOGGATTEERS@HOME learning website. While I did that, I also listened to some bluegrass music. Somewhere in there, I rearranged the family photos that line both sides of the stairway, making room for more to come in the next few years. I also worked on some ideas for the upcoming Veterans Day presentation.
Television for me has included watching two movies on Disney+: the first being the newest Pixar release, Onward. This one had just enough heart to overcome my least favorite genre, fantasy involving magic.
Now, as for the 15th lesson set, here is the general content to expect:
Mrs. Geary, our MSSU teacher-candidate for the semester, has checked in with the following message:
For the rest of the semester, our professors have changed the setting in which we have observations now from in the classroom to video observation that they find for us to watch. This makes me sad as it comes to a close with being in your classroom. I have truly learned how to authentically teach and strategies to bring with me when I get in the classroom. I want to thank you and your students for being inviting and have truly enjoyed spending time with each one of the students and you. You and all the teachers and staff at Cecil Floyd have been in my thoughts as you adjust to this new transition and the steps you will all make for the success of the students. Very thankful that I got to be a part of your classroom and you are a fantastic teacher.
Unfortunately, with the uncharacteristic number of absences I had during the third quarter, Mrs. Geary's observation experience was hardly optimal. She did get to see substitute teachers, and she did observe and help in the class next door, but there was so much more that she could have gleaned from Room 404. I had hoped to bestow more wisdom than I did, and I was looking forward to seeing her teach her Reading lesson.
But the times dictate our current actions. As I stated in my response to Mrs. Geary's message, "Keep in touch and take note of this unique moment when the entire planet shares a single history. I pray that it all ends soon, that our levels of health and safety return to normal, and that our economy recovers quickly. We still have a long way to go."
As always, students can use ClassDojo or email to contact me,
send me pictures, and send me questions.
And here is Lesson Set 14:
How many tried to make music with glasses back in Lesson Set Seven?
Here are some attempts made by one student:
Our own YASHVI competed in the regional Math League competition, last week, and came out on top, ultimately qualifying to compete at the state level. She is the top competitor in our region, scoring First Place overall. In individual fourth grade rounds, YASHVI's results are as follows:
Because of her performance, Cecil Floyd Elementary scored Second Place for Sweepstakes. We anticipate the day when we can congratulate this amazing girl in person.
So yes, life goes on for the creatures of the natural world. How encouraging that should be for you and me! My thanks to ELLA's family for sharing this experience.
Well, for a few weeks now, we've all been living in the hope that our news cycle has been a bad April Fool's joke. This is the day that somebody stands behind a lectern and announces, "April Fools!"
That's going to happen today, right?
Nope? That's disappointing.
Anyway, how about the following unbelievable April Fool's videos? These may sound believable, but think again.
Here's something else - a whole website with all the accoutrements about a species that really does not exist. What do you think about The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus.
All of this demonstrates how important it is that we check our sources before passing something off as real. Sometimes that can be a difficult task - especially when the videos, magazines, and videos are so well-produced. Of course, you should always remember what Abraham Lincoln once warned: "Don't believe everything you read on the internet."
All of these sets are freely available on our HOGGATTEERS@HOME website now.
"Have you ever thought about your success?"
Take a moment to watch this video:
Now for some questions:
I see that these brothers are working together to keep their brains engaged. They sent these shots of them working on logic problems and watercoloring.
On Friday, our area schools announced that we are not going to be back until Monday, April 27. Our HOGGATTEERS@HOME website will still be the primary method for me to distribute information, and I will try to make announcements on ClassDojo.
You should have received the following statement from Joplin Schools:
All grades will be final as of third quarter. Next week, students and parents can expect to be contacted by their child's teacher(s) regarding the platform (i.e. FB page, Google Classroom, Canvas, class website, email, etc.) they will use to communicate and share learning activities. Beginning the week of April 6th, students can expect to find weekly videos and daily learning activities through the teachers' preferred platform. These learning opportunities will continue weekly during this closure period or until the regular school calendar concludes. Teachers have worked collaboratively this week to determine a few essential learning standards so we can best focus our lessons for your child. We want to provide a healthy balance for learning opportunities and family needs, understanding priorities in each home will vary during this unprecedented time.
SETS 6 and 7:
Good leaders are self-motivated like the fine students in these pictures. They are not deterred by problems and issues; instead, they tackle those issues and make any positive response they possibly can. They are not negative, but positively stay on top of things because they have the mettle and the spirit to do so.
We have a number of students who are not neglecting their education because of a pandemic. They look forward to busting out and getting started with normalcy again, and they are willing to work now and not only flatten the curve, but to stay in front of the curve. These are the kids who will be ready and find things easier when things get back to normal. I hope more jump in.
That doesn't mean spend every waking moment working through the lesson sets I have posted, but it does mean tackling things in chunks. As long as you pace yourself, these lesson sets shouldn't be more than you can handle. Throw yourself into one every day or two. Some parents are enjoying learning right along side their kids.
Folks, this is Molly Graham, a student at Pittsburg State University, and she is joining our team in the fall. The fourth grade team interviewed Miss Graham a few weeks ago, and we are excited to welcome her aboard. She is going to be a fantastic addition to our Cecil Floyd family.
I had high hopes for this one. The book, 24 Hours in Nowhere, was written by the same author as Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, one of my two favorites on last year's Mark Twain Award nominee list. This one, however, seems like it might have been rushed to publication. In addition to some typographical errors, there are some loose ends in the tale that needed to be tied up to avoid fraying. Additionally, the comparisons to Louis Sachar's Holes on the cover are highly misleading. Other than occurring in a hot desert, there are no similarities with that novel.
The book was enjoyable enough in parts, but like so many, it ended up being just a series of hurdles for the characters to jump, never really building to a climax, but merely hopping toward one repeatedly. The bookends of the storyline - the whole dirt bike premise - was merely that, and just seemed to lie flat in the end. I'm really sorry that I didn't like this one more than I did, because the author had won me over quickly on her first novel. Hopefully, she can redeem everything with future attempts.
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