As summer winds up, and school supply sales are on- kids, parents and teachers might be having conversations about returning to school. I know I am! I have been working in my room on a couple of projects to start the year off right! I am really excited about this new year. Last year at JMS was tough, but we made it and are now looking forward to what is new.
My son and I had the opportunity to attend a Cubs game last weekend where they played the St. Louis Cardinals. WHAT. A. GAME!!!! It was amazing. It was 0-0 for 5 innings, then they fell behind for 2 innings, then amazingly they took the lead and won the game. We stood for 2 entire innings. I LOVE sports. We always take a sports vacation. It started with the Padres, then the Cardinals, the Nationals, Boston and most recently the CUBS. What made this one so special was the fact that these guys are world champions. The are the World Series CHAMPIONS!
We went on a stadium tour and I learned a few things....
The Cubs are a historic organization. So much history. Back in 1937, they would fly the W flag to alert people of the Cubs winning, the W will stay up until the next game. If they lose, that flag (L) is up for a 'short' period of time and is lowered so as to not dwell on the loss.
The phrase #FlyTheW came to life around 2015, and many retailers jumped on the bandwagon as you can see them all over town and on shirts. If you have any interest in baseball or just happen to see the historic series with the Cubs and Indians last season you may have seen many people flying the W. The Cubs had such a historic season the flags were flying and the song blasting after the win is
"Go Cubs Go". (This is a MUST listen to, but an entirely different story)
The entire game in the outfield was one huge celebration. Things didnt always work out for the team the way they were supposed to, but the fans were always ready to raise the W.
I started thinking about that attitude of winning vs. losing and how much time we dwell on both. When we do something good, we should RAISE THAT FLAG! Celebrate it! Enjoy it, get ready for the next test. Being a teacher and thinking about students, this can look very differently for each kid. But, as teachers, we need to show them how to RAISE THAT FLAG! When a kid enters my classroom, I want them to believe they are amazing and worthy. Give them that high 5 and celebrate whatever needs to be celebrated! Now, when things don't go so well and we lose..... Raise that flag too. Admit it, reflect on it and fix what needs to be fixed so we can #RaiseTheW. When failure happens and it will, lets help kids build on that and see how they can move in the right direction. Raise the L but don't dwell on it!
The history of the Cubs gives us an example that change may take time, losing happens, but when you win it is a great feeling, especially when you work so hard! Isn't it our jobs as teachers to help kids see those moments to be celebrated? How about you #RaiseTheW for kids this year and show them how amazing that can be!
CLICK ON THE LINK FOR CODING CLUB AFTER READING THE FOLLOWING:
You will complete Khan Academy for coding. You may or may not finish today. You will have another opportunity next week to complete it. You must be a problem solver and use the clues provided in Khan. No teacher will be able to help you, you must problem solve based on the clues given in the videos.
The 7th grade science classes have been working hard! We are coming to the end of our genius hour projects and will be preparing to present them at the end of October. We are scheduled to present all over campus and the kids are excited and nervous about that!
We will be turning in our Flow of Energy projects on Friday. This covered Obj.7.5 A, B and C. We have learned about food webs, chains and pyramids. We are attempting to tie in the cycling of matter to these objectives through our driving question. I am excited to see the learning that has taken place... It isn't true pbl, more just a project, but I know they KNOW IT. The goal will be to carry it over to biomes when we cover that....
The kids are to ask 5 classmates their question before they get to me (it usually gets answered and remembered!).
They are also following a rubric and will be graded off of that....
I'll post some as I see them!
Check out our rubric that is the master mind of Alice Keeler (@AliceKeeler)!!!
We have started genius hour in 7th grade! What is genius hour? It is an opportunity for the students to spend time studying something that they are passionate about. We have projects ranging from civil rights to bullying to star fish and learning new languages. It was fun today hearing the questions they asked and hearing the wonder in their voice when they were told they would interview people. Interview? Yes, interview? Who do we interview? That is up to you. We had students contact the UT band department, Tx A & M Marine Biology, UT philosophy and there were tweets sent out to Mike Tyson, Sharks 4 Kids, Jesse Williams and Ted Nugent. There is a broad range of interests and I can't wait to see what they share with us in a few weeks. Stay tuned.....
I found a great link from PBL Learning Media for a microscope activity. Please check it out!
We have launched our first project on lab safety! We are tying in the zombie apocalypse and making videos on how to avoid it! It should be fun and very interesting. I have included a copy of the rubric that we will be using and the video from Zombie College to launch it with.