Ms. Andrea Love Art and Gifted Educator
We welcome another student to our 1st grade TAG group. We now how two boys and one girl! Our first order of business when we come to class is to read our writing prompt and answer the question within our writing. We are learning how to stay on task with our writing prompt so we can get to our exploratory time next.
We sat in our Socratic circle to talk about what TAG is and what we do while in TAG. We also talked about how we work on challenging activities that may frustrate us and how we will learn from making mistakes. Lastly, being in TAG means that we are talented and gifted in particular areas, it does not mean that we are better than other people and/or that we are the smartest, but we see the world very different than others. We will always work on how to be kind to others and how to work through our frustrations.
Students were given time to build with blocks and stacking little plastic chairs, see photos on Class Dojo. This is called our "exploratory time."
We reviewed our terms we have been working on and to help our new friends understand what we are doing as well. Our new terms are: programmer, program, technology, coding, command and algorithm.
We had our old time friend, help us with our robot game programming the arrows on the floor. We all took turns being the robot and the programmer. We ventured into a new programming type of robot named, Root. Students used algorithms, step by step, block programming to program Root to light up, turn, make music and/or draw. You can see photos on Class Dojo of their time using Root. At the end of class all of our friends were able to do a little more problem solving with programming on Kodable.com.
We have enjoyed our time today in TAG by learning more about the coding world. I look forward to next Thursday as our friends dive deeper into the learning world of coding in a plugged and unplugged manner.
Just a reminder about our parent conference coming up on November 27th at 6-8 in Columbia. Please let me know if you are able to attend as the students will meet other gifted students in the area to play chess, checkers, marble run and other fun games while parents are listening the the speaker.
See the information below:
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Registration 6:00 pm
Speaker(s) begin at 6:30 pm
Location: Columbia Independent School,
1801 N Stadium Blvd, Columbia, MO
Speakers for parents/guardians
Learn about current legislation regarding gifted programming in the state of Missouri
Class Dojo announcement yesterday:
I am working on setting up a Maker Space in the classroom with the Google Goggles I won at conference. I need an old android or iPhone that you would not need to put the app on the phone and use in the classroom. Does anyone have a cell phone they would like to donate? I need two phones.
Also, My TAG budget has been cut down somewhat this year for supplies. I will be ordering a few items for our Maker Space that the kids loved at Morenet, but I will not be able to buy all of the items with our funds.I have set up a Donors Choose site for all of the world to see and share. Hopefully, we will have donations that will come in to help us learn more about coding through robotics.
Boonville Talented and Gifted Program