It has been said for decades that reading is the foundation of all education. It is a skill that is necessarily woven throughout all subjects, and it is crucial for success - even in the 21st Century.
For me, reading came naturally, but that's not the case for many of our children. It remains a struggle. For some 10-year-olds, it is difficult to understand that their patience and perseverance will pay off. In the words of Winston Churchill, "Never give up!"
What we really need is a video to demonstrate the switches in our electric circuits!
If numbers are close to 100 (within 12),
use this method to mentally calculate the answer.
This shortcut is closely related to the shortcut for multiplying numbers near 50.
In our next Electric Circuits lesson, students made a switch to complete - and break - a circuit and light their bulbs. Amazingly, the switches are made of paper connectors, paper clips, a note card, and other basic materials. Most groups were able to light their bulbs with little problems and in a short time, but as the pictures demonstrate, the girls seemed to take the lead in this project. Raise your hand if you think they might be able to design their own flashlights!
I am looking forward to meeting with parents concerning student achievement, this week.
The schedule calls for us to officially meet, face to face,
this Wednesday and Thursday, March 12 and 13, after school.
I sent the schedule home with students, last week; if your copy did not make it home, please call the school or write me a note, so we won't miss our appointment. I will have report cards to hand you, as well as some other very important information concerning the final quarter of the school year.
As a result of our conference schedule, we are able to take an extra day off, this Friday, March 14, followed by a whole week off the next week for Spring Break.
We are all on a quest for the future. Will we find it satisfying? Rewarding? Disappointing?
Take five and a half minutes to watch this video:
Now for some questions:
"Opportunity is missed by most people
because it is dressed in overalls, and it looks like work."
This one has been up for a while. I like to stress to students that people do not have superpowers, but that each of us - with drive and desire - can do extraordinary things. Special paper reflects people's images as they consider the message.
We lined up 20 D-cell batteries and lit a regular 40-watt light bulb.
The bulb was not brightly lit, but the batteries did their collective job.
The monthly schoolwide celebration for positive behavior was held on Friday. Students were allowed to bring games and electronics from home to play in the classroom.
There has been a lot of noise outside our wall and over our heads in the last couple of weeks, but there is not much visible improvement that can be seen from this, our regular, point of view. Some of the visible pipes and columns have now been masked by brick. Even the white pipes at the far end, seen in this picture, have been covered. The back porch is complete (sans rails), and the inside is close to completion. We look forward to seeing the retractable bleachers, the restrooms, and the gym flooring installed.
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