We tend to begin and end the week as a whole collective group – with team building and fun activities. Today Michael facilitated some fun activities that challenged our students to work together … as one. Right after they activity I bumped into these girls. I asked for an “attitude” pic and this is what… Read More Day 63: Got ‘Tude?
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… Read More Days 59 – 62: Meh!
A foundational idea to the Mosaic Collective is beginning to gather momentum. It’s the idea of 20% time, made famous by organizations and companies like Google. Can you imagine dedicating 20% of your work time to personal curiosity, inquiry, and experimentation; operating only under the caveat that what you develop and create must benefit the… Read More Twenty Percent Time, Really, Seriously, Like Totally 20%
The science lab was buzzing today. In between working with students, who made appointments to meet with me (so cool!), I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on the impressive conversations that were taking place as students were assembled in small groups like the one in the above picture. Here’s some of the amazingness I overheard: What are… Read More Day 58: Protons are Protons, Not Quarks, They’re Protons … Duh!
John, Wade, and Noah are working on Wade’s RedBot kit. I look forward to our MakerSpace opening up next week for a Pumpkin Chunkin build and for the use of the new tools and tech builder kits. Logan’s working on (playing with?) some basic design. I love how his computer is on top of the microwave.… Read More Day 57: Shocker!
As I mentioned in the Day 55 post, we were on a modified schedule due to CMAS testing. This schedule opened our mornings – students did not arrive until after 12:00pm, which provided quite a bit of time for us to work, process, reflect, visit, etc. I can’t tell you how much we needed this… Read More Day 56: Here’s to the Late Starts!
To CMAS, or not to CMAS, that is the question— Whether ’tis Smarter in the mind to suffer The A’s, B’s, and C’s of outrageous Testing, Or to take Option against a Sea of multiple choice bubbles, And by opposing, end them? To rest, to go to Starbucks— No more; and by a test, to say we end The Heart-ache,… Read More Day 55: To CMAS Or Not To CMAS, That Is The Question
Staff Development Day – no students. We began the day with a presentation by district safety staff, which was necessary and surreal. Anytime you’re discussing active shooter scenarios and the impact velocity of long rifle rounds with a group of educators in a school it’s bound to be weird and emotionally draining. As a follow… Read More Day 54: Big People in Mosaic
Our freshmen are all participating in a project called, “Cultures of Dominance.” Part of this work introduces basic genetics and molecular biology as they pertain to the concept of “race” and genes that determine traits like skin and eye color. A seminar was offered today that allowed students to use their prior knowledge (with some pushing… Read More Day 53: From Genocide to DNA
We were invited to Clear Sky Elementary School to help with their first grade projects. About fifty Mosaic students and two teachers bussed to our fellow feeder area school where we were greeted by teachers. In this picture a first grade teacher discusses the project and the presentations. Our students appreciated helping the youngsters and giving… Read More Days 48 – 52: First Graders, Community, and Halloween – Umm, Oh My?