Today we worked on several things in TAG.
First, we had a writing prompt:
"What would you do for someone who is having a bad day?"
The focus was to reiterate the question in our answer and explain what we would do to help a friend. We often want to just write our answer and not write a complete sentence. We rewrote the sentence reiterating the question and talked about why we need to write it in the manner that we did. We will be working on this at the beginning of class.
After our writing prompt we played a game, "Cool Cash Bingo." This game was so fun to play and it helped us understand money along with adding the money up to find the correct item that cost the same amount of what we spun on the spinner. We played until we lined up two Bingos on the board.
After playing our game we did our last module on Everfi Digital Citizenship. The modules become more advanced and this module was on safe texting. We learned that we can help those that are driving to put their phone away or ask if we can text for them. I help with the reading on parts of the simulation as it is a little difficult for students. Therefore, we work on it together.
We had our free exploratory time as well with magnets and a treasure hunt on ABCYA games.
We enjoyed our learning time today and expressed our favorite learning time on Google Docs.
Have a wonderful rest of the week and please contact me if you have any questions.
I have several informative items to cover with all my wonderful parents. This information is on Class Dojo as well. I apologize for having this placed on Dojo, Email and my Website, but communication is key.
October the 8th I will not be present. This is a Monday. I must go to a Doctor appointment in St. Louis with my significant other, Richard, from his accident a year ago on this day. I will miss my 4th and 2nd graders
We will be going to the State Capitol on Feb. 26th to advocate for Gifted Education. You are welcome to attend. I want to set up a tour of the Governor’s Mansion and set up a lunch date with one of the officials below. Which official do you feel would be the best to eat lunch with and discuss Gifted Education with them? I have emailed a letter to Mr. Rowden, if you feel that we should try to meet with someone else, please let me know.
Senatorial district 019 - Senator Caleb Rowden
House district 048 - Representative Dave Muntzel
U.S. House district 04 - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler
Your statewide elected officials are:
Governor Mike Parson
Lt. Governor's Website
Secretary of State John Ashcroft
State Auditor Nicole Galloway
State Treasurer Eric Schmitt
Attorney General Josh Hawley
Your US Senators are:
Senator Roy Blunt
Senator Claire McCaskil
GIFTED EDUCATION DAY AT THE CAPITOL
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019
9:30 Missouri State Capitol
Arrive and gather on the 4th floor
10:00 House & Senate Chambers
Introduction of students in Senate and House gallery
across from rooms 414 & 416
Gather and be seated
11:15 Introductions & Legislative Briefing
11:30 Awards & Presentations
12:00 Visit Your State Representative & Senator
(ask them to have lunch with you!)
I am in the process of setting up a Service Event trip to the Food Bank. I am communicating with the Food Bank about November 7, from 8-10:30 am. Students will tour the facility and learn the importance of the facility and the big part they play in by providing the Buddy Pack system for students all over Missouri. Students will help pack the food into Bags at the Food Bank. If you would like to donate funds toward the program, I will sent that flyer out as well. It cost $180.00 per child a year to provide the Buddy Pack for those in need. I thought it would be a wonderful treat to attend a Museum after working at the Food Bank. I am working on that as we speak and I cannot divulge the idea just yet. I will let you know more very soon.
I hope that everyone has been receiving my weekly announcements after your child leaves the TAG classroom. All information is posted on Dojo, Email through SiS, Administrators, and on my website. The classroom photos posted on Dojo are only under your students’ grade. I asked parents at the Handbook meeting if they felt it would be better to have a group just for their students’ grade. You asked and I developed the six different groups. I will post on the large (old) TAG group that I set up last year for general information for all to see at one time. If you do not have access to the individual classroom photo posts, please email me a request and I will add you in the group. I do not want anyone to miss any special photos.
In addition, a parent is investigating how to get funds for some of the robots students enjoyed using at our field trip to Morenet. I am also looking at a few grants as well. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Students signed a big “Thank You Card” for Morenet. I will be dropping that off very soon. I will try to send a photo of it before I drop it off.
Wheew! We have a lot going on in the classroom! Thank you for your patience and reading through all of this. Let me know if I missed something and/or if you have any suggestions!
Have a wonderful day!
Ms. Andrea Love
Today in 6th grade we became very immersed in our writing prompt: "If you were to design an app/game to make the world a better place, what would it be? What would it do? What would it look like? Describe it in detail and draw a picture of it.
We then discussed our ideas in our group, other students asked questions and expanded on their idea. We barely had time to finish our group project on innovation, but it was a powerful discussion. Tomorrow we will go straight into our project to finish it up and present in a museum fashion. Pictures coming soon!
Today in TAG we had a deep discussion about the following prompt that was written in their composition books:
Computer Science is changing everything. What was the most important part of the video yesterday to you of how computer science is changing. Explain in professional complete sentences.
We had our ideas and thoughts shared within our Socratic Circle. Everyone was respectful by listening to each others thoughts and ideas.
As students entered the room today, they had the following projected on the wall:
Share your thoughts about this in a complete professional sentence.
At the end of class I usually ask the students a question or give them and idea to express as an exit ticket. Today I ask them, "If you had unlimited amount of money to create/change something in this world, what would it be?" Wow, the ideas I received with only 30 seconds to come up with was amazing! Love their creativity!
If you have any questions, please let me know via Dojo, email or text.
5th graders enjoyed their self-explore time outside this morning. I took a few photos alongside the Interstate Photographer today while outside. Check out the 5th grade TAG Dojo for the photos. We had a very good discussion today about helping someone who is in need. Each student wrote about their person or animal that they would help and then we had a deep discussion about how helping others makes the world a great place.
Students logged into their Google Classroom and Everfi Digital Citizenship module. Began to learn about the virtual world we live in. Towards the end of class, around 10am, students reflected on the past three modules in Google Classroom using their professional writing skills. The prompts in Google Classroom were the following:
Choosing a computer: Why is it important to compare features of a computer before making a purchase? What are the different features of a computer that people should consider before making their selection? What are some of the ways computers change and evolve over time? What do you predict computers will be like 20 years from now?
Wireless communication: Is owning a cell phone a big responsibility? How can people be more responsible with using or paying for their phones? What are the dangers of using a cell pone while driving? What can people do-either as passengers or divers-to prevent texting while driving?
We most discussed these valuable questions after writing them on Google Classroom as well. I believe our 5th grade class will be better prepared for the ongoing changes in the digital world because of how they have reflected upon their learning with their classmates.
If you have any questions, please let me know via email, Dojo or cell phone.
Have a wonderful day!
Second Graders today came to the TAG classroom at HCP for the first time in several weeks! We have missed class because of the field trip, no school because of our holiday and Professional day for teachers. It seemed like forever since I have seen their wonderful faces! We began our day reflecting about our fun time at the Morenet Mill. How much fun we had and what their favorite learning experience with robots was. We wrote about it in our composition books and discussed how coding was used with the robots in our Socratic circle. Students were expressive about their learning and were still excited about their future learning with coding.
After reflecting about our field trip, students were given their self-exploratory time before moving on to our Google classroom and Digital Learning module. Students are working through the many steps of using Google Classroom to reflect on their learning along with directing them to links I post for them. Today, they learned how to click on a link that directed them to signup through the Everfi Digital Literacy. Students began the Digital Citizenship module of "Understanding Computers" today. They learned that the pre-test is hard at the beginning of the module and that the simulation will help them learn how a computers work. Information such as CPU, RAM, cloud computing, software, and the selection/buying of a computer has a lot more information than expected. At the end of the module students took a post test. They learned that the information is learned by retaking the post test often. Learning through our mistakes is powerful. We will discuss what we learned next week and go over the information again to help connect our learning.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via Dojo, email or text. Don't forget to look at our photos that were posted today just in the 1st grade section.
Have a great day!
It seems like forever that I have seen the 4th grade TAG group! After picking up the students in the gym, we decided to use our free exploratory time outside at the beginning of class. I posted a couple of photos on Class Dojo. After our free time, we worked on our writing prompt on the board and then discussed it in our Socratic circle. Students did a wonderful job sharing what they enjoyed at Morenet with their writing and during our circle. It warms my heart that they enjoyed their learning at Morenet. I am working on a grant to get some of the items in the classroom. Also, a parent is working on a fundraiser as well.
Students ventured into the new Google Classroom to express their thoughts about Morenet in a survey along with writing prompt. Afterwards, we began our login process for the Everfi program. The Everfi program will help students experience how to be responsible digital citizens. Our first Module is all about choosing a computer for the teacher. Students will use their listening and reading skills in this program. It will pre and post test their learning on each of the modules.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on Class Dojo messenger,text, or email.
6th grade today began a new journey about Computer Science Principals and the focus is on Innovation. Students are learning about the word innovation and how they can apply old ideas into new innovative ideas using technology to invent solutions to problems and create an improved prototype. Everyone has a unique and creative perspective they bring to the table and we will continue the creations and discussion tomorrow.
Students have logged into Code.org, I may be switching them over to re-login to join Google classroom to the mix. Code.org collaborates with Google and that is a powerful way of learning. I am learning along with the students the code.org format online. I am excited to go through this journey with the students.