Days 59 – 62: Meh!

Meh to me as I failed to take pictures of student learning this week. I don’t know … someone yelled, “Squirrel!” or something.

I have no idea why I don’t have images of the MakerSpace action, which is beginning to kick into gear as students explore power tools, catapults and trebuchets, and Arduino boards. I have no idea why I didn’t get images and video clips of students conducting enzyme activity experiments, which they and Kayla worked together to design.

I failed to take a picture of our Superintendent as she toured the space and spoke with students and teachers.

I completely failed to get images and clips of …

  • world language chats
  • students planning self-governance in Mosaic
  • our second night of conferences with Mosaic families
  • the evolution of a student-organized court case involving local attorneys, students, and teachers (aka “Law and Order, CV”)
  • ridiculous science question-asking sessions
  • students emailing mentors and experts several of the aforementioned questions
  • students begging to go outside to launch their water bottle rockets and test their designs – despite zero-degree weather
  • intense analysis of the use of propaganda and the psychology behind much of it
  • math awesomeness and the budding use of programming languages

I stink.

BUT, I did grab a couple of images and a video clip.

Here’s one showing some sophomores reflecting on their progress in the Dougie teaching project. They’re preparing to create short video clips designed to pitch their lesson ideas. Their advisor, Shaun, is working hard to get around district Youtube filters so students can learn how to manage and curate their video content and channels. We think being aware of one’s digital footprint and being “Googled well” is vitally important.

small group, dougie

In this image students are assertively discussing the nuances of propaganda and the stages of genocide. Though the image doesn’t necessarily depict it, this seminar was buzzing – so-called “light bulb moments” were constant and electric.

small group, cultures

Here’s an email that one of our students, Jeremy, crafted and sent to a Mosaic Mentor, Jason. Jeremy was curious about the design and function of car antennas after a discussion about the various wavelengths of light and some of their applications.

jeremy email

And here is Jason’s response, which perfectly feeds into the discussion we were having that led to Jeremy’s question:

jason email 1

jason email 2

Mosaic challenges every traditional system it collides and interacts with… even the system of teacher evaluation. This short clip is a video of someone making a video. The someone is Dr. Jim Calhoun, Castle View Principal, who is curating video to help with the evaluation of an environment that does not fit into the the mold that is used for traditional period-classes. I love this idea!


Okay, I’ll try harder next week to get images and clips and to be more descriptive of student learning in the Mosaic Collective and of the overall goings on in the space. I promise. 😉