This week was crazy busy! Students have been aware since the beginning about some elements that would be required (writing, data, design thinking, action, art, music etc...) and this week we introduced several of these as mini lessons. Moving forward, a big part of our plan is to encourage time management, independence and a then more time management. Teachers were busy checking in with kids and most worked on at least a few of the above elements this week.
The data collecting is something new that we have never done before, and it has been exciting, interesting, difficult and stressful. Most of our kids are collecting first hand data, and some are even collecting second hand data. Preparing surveys, discussing audience participation and size and constantly reviewing the idea that good data could likely be connected to taking action. It has not been easy, we are learning from our mistakes and hopefully the outcome will be amazing!
Collecting Data Mini Lesson
Design Thinking Mini Lesson
Writing Piece Mini Lesson
In a math class where there are so many students working above grade level expectations, I sometimes struggle to find activities that are appropriately challenging and engaging for all students in the room. I have a small group of students that are working at a high school math level and so they often enjoy the challenge of working together to solve problems.
Here is an example of a project I had two group of students working on during our recent fractions, decimals and percentages unit. I started by collecting the data for them, but next year I think I will see if they can brainstorm ways to collect this data on their own, and perhaps even work in a way for them to meet with the admissions office. I was happy that both groups of students chose to display the data differently!