Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Musings: September 22, 2017

It was a very busy, but overall a very good week and a very good Friday.

Today was busy, busy, busy. We began with a principal-led PLC focused on norms, roles, schedules, and agendas for the year's PLC-very productive.

After that, the math coach came in to teach the first of the day's two-period math classes focused on games. She mirrored much of the Boaler teaching philosophy and language as well as many more positive math strategies and efforts. The games were language-rich, engaging, and focused on our standards-based curriculum. Overall students were engaged, and I learned two more wonderful math games to include in the math curriculum.

Later students created percentage quilts using Google table with a focus on 100%, 50%, 25%, 10%, 1%, and 200%. This gave students a chance to learn the Google table tool, and engage with percents, factions, and decimals in an engaging way.

Students also had a chance to take instrumental lessons, meet and work with their kindergarten buddies, and complete classwork and enrichment items.

Next week will find us focused on the place value unit with greater depth, making/testing solar ovens, read aloud, math assessments, open circle, faculty senate, and a couple of parent conferences. Hopefully next week will also bring a bit more peace and ease with the new at-home and school routines too as I adjust to the new year. Onward.