Ms. Andrea Love Art and Gifted Educator
Wow! The year is flying by, I can't believe it is almost Christmas! I hope that you have not felt that I have ignored the sixth graders blog post. Repeating the same information would probably not be interesting to you therefore, I try to do a once a week informational post and email about what the sixth graders have been working on in class.
As you know, every day at the beginning of class, students have a writing prompt on the white board or projected on the wall. The prompts are a variety of affective emotional reflections, about computer science and/or about their weekend or thoughts. I try to mix it up a little bit to help me understand where they are in life and in the classroom. With that said, I have noticed personal issues with students and have pulled each one of them aside to talk with them about their concerns. I am very concerned about my students and their lives even more so as I read the book, "Wholehearted Teaching of Gifted Young Women." This book is not only about women as I spoke with the author in person at our mini conference. She enlightened me about how the book is geared to both sexes. It is important to me to have a connection with all of my students, not just the girls or the boys, but both of them. We talk in a group often about important discussions that sometimes take up most of our class-time. I feel that their emotional needs as "high achieving" students are valuable discussions.
After we write and discuss our prompts, students have been hard at work working on the Scratch coding projects. Their projects have been a challenge at times and I am proud of them for working through their challenges as this will help them progress through hard times as they move through each grade level. As Gifted students become older and learn how to face hard issues, they become less vulnerable to shutting down when issues arise. We have had times in the classroom where we would stop and reset ourselves and move through the learning process instead of pushing the problem aside. Facing that problem makes us a little stronger.
Our Scratch projects will be available to view at the LSE big event, Pirate Plunder, on December 11th. Please come by and let your student share what they have been working on. I will have Chromebooks for all of the students. Come sit and be amazed at their creativity and problem solving.
Yesterday, Thursday, I brought some of our new robots that I ordered out of the budget for the students to work with. They were the first group to test out the new items. The students enjoyed the virtual reality, Makey Makey (played a piano through a banana), Cublet Blocks, Sphero, Little Bits, Kubo, and Ozbot. Ms Love was unable to take pictures as my cell phone was being used with the virtual reality googles. We will utilize the robots again next week after we have our work ready to share for the Pirate Plunder.
About next week. I will be out of town on Monday. Students have been asked to work on finalizing their Scratch projects and continue working on their research projects. For next Wednesday, the students earned a pizza party from collecting all the letters for "Boonville Pirates" each day they were on task and working respectfully in class. Students discussed the options of pizza from Caseys or another place nearby. We will decide on Tuesday where the pizza is coming from and if I need to pick it up before class or have it delivered. Each student would need to bring $4.00 or $5.00, a drink for themselves and if they would like to share a treat with the class, like brownies or cookies. The classes voted on Wednesday as they pulled up the lunch menu and explained that this day was fish day and they wanted to skip this day. If you would like to join us for our pizza compliment party, we would love to have you!
I have thoroughly loved working with this class this semester and I will miss those that will not be returning until next school year. Please know that I am always interested in what they are working on via school or personal challenges. That is what I am here for. Please let them know that they may come visit with me anytime and/or email me through the school if they would like to discuss something that is troubling them. Sometimes they just need someone different to listen to them.
I think this note is long enough! Please contact me via email, call, text or Dojo if you would like to speak or meet in person.
As always, thank you for having your student in TAG!
I hope to see you next Tuesday at the LSE event!
Boonville Talented and Gifted Program