This week we took time to discuss the power of failure and what one can do with their failure. Truly, failure is a chance to learn and grow. The power of YET is a facet of growth mindset, which empowers students, parents, and teachers to believe in their ability to grow in mental capacity. It was important for the students to be reminded that a failure can be the next step in one's success and as Nick Foles says "[failure] is an opportunity for your character to grow." Remember to always encourage your students to ask what else can I do? What can I do more of? It's important to be reflective on what you have done and what you can do more of. Want to know more about growth mindset, check out this link.
Along with a super fun day of tubing, the students got to explore the science behind the fun. The students were each given responsibilities in order to track mass, time, distance, and friction. They were spread out throughout the mountain and the indoor spaces to run tests, gather times, and conduct experiments. Today, back at school, they were able to calculate the average speed of objects traveled at different weights. The calculations also took into account friction and outside forces that might have skewed the data. Check out the fun we had on the mountain!
In order to practice our math facts, the students were able to play a competitive game to test their skills against two opponents. Given 4 numbers the students had to write their own equation to get as close as possible to a goal value. This required students to utilize their understanding of order of operations, parentheses and exponents. Students were also challenged to embrace their cooperative, collaborative, and communicative skills as they worked with their teammate. Check out all of the fun we had!
Although it may have been smelly the students learned about our ability to convert our trash to renewable energy. It was enlightening to hear from some of the engineers of the plant about the chemical process that goes into the steam process. After learning more about the facility the students were able to get a tour to see the equipment for themselves. One of the best parts was actually wearing the hardhats, vests, and goggles.
This past week the students were introduced to topics that they will see in our new book, Hatchet. The students were divided into teams to learn about the Canadian wilderness, survival skills, heart attacks, and more. The students did a great job of presenting their learning to their classmates in a group presentation using Google Slides. The students worked well together and did a great job of communicating their learning.
Ask you student...
Which topic did you learn about?
What was the most interesting thing you learned?
What was something interesting you learned from a different groups presentation?
After weeks of reading logs, finishing books, and working on projects the students finally got to present their work to their peers. Check out some of the beautiful projects.
While reading Hoot we learned about the "Mother Paula's Pancake House" propaganda. We took time to learn about what propaganda is and where we can find in everyday advertising. After taking a closer look at the types of propaganda such as bandwagon, testimonials, and name calling, the students each created their own advertisement to save the Burrowing Owls on the Mother Paula's Pancake House property. Check out some of this creative advertising.
Let's apply what we've been learning in a game. A twist on connect four allowed the students to find ratios and compete against their classmates.
In honor of Thanksgiving, the students were able to help some dancing turkeys escape in a "Breakout EDU" online escape room activity. The activity required the students to collaborate, communicate, use creativity, and use critical thinking.