"Happiness never decreases by being shared." -Buddha

Friday, July 18, 2014

Lego Robotics for Teachers

Mrs. Gott, Mrs. Dietzel, Mrs. Sorenson, Mr. Greg, and Mrs. Taylor with winning Lego Robot 

Pivoting and turning exactly 180 degrees on the line then returning to another line.

Pushing a block into the designated square.

Following the wavy line.

Along the way we met another robot who we called the mouse. We caught the mouse.

Look at that hairpin turn our robot maneuvered.

Another group put a barrier in the way of the finishing line. We were the only group to complete this wavy obstacle course.

What a great way to learn about using Legos in the classroom, collaboration, programming, and how to overcome anxiety!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Reading Rewards Fishing with Mr. Staheli

THANKS MR. STAHELI!!! Thank you for a wonderful experience and lots of fun memories for the students at Riverside.

13 students earned a trip to fish with Mr. Staheli by reading all the way to the SHARK level. We use Reading Reward.com for our online reading log. It is really motivating! The students love it!

This is a student making it to the SHARK level and moving her name. She read over 27 hours independently.

 Had to bring some of our favorite books..just in case the fish weren't biting.

 Beautiful weather, great food, wonderful students, lawn games, and a very excited and supportive principal.

What? Reading while fishing? I love these kids!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Math Question- What is a Ton?

We had our daily story problem about an elephant eating and how many kilograms was it. When we found the answer and my student said, "That is a ton!".
 I asked, "Is it?"
Student, "Is it what?"
Me: "Is that many kilograms a ton?"
Student: "I don't know."
Me: "What is a ton?"
Students (all 3):"I don't know."
Me: "Hop on the computer and find out."
Students: "How?"
Me: "Google it."
Students go to computer and all find the answer on different websites. (2000 lbs)
Me: "Do we know how many pounds the elephant ate?"
Students: "No"
Me: "How can we convert kilograms to pounds?"
Students: "I don't know."
Me: "Go find out."
Student go back to computers and find out how to convert lbs to kilograms (22 lbs=1 kilogram)
Me: "Okay walk me through the process of finding out how many pounds of food that is (pointing to the kilogram answer)."
Students walk me through the problem
Me: "So, is it a ton?"
Student: "Yes but..."
Other Student: "Don't say anything!"

My students make me smile.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014