In the spirit of the season - what am I thankful for this week? High on my list is a school full of dynamic teachers and learners who always seem to have something new to share as I walk through the hallways. Here are just a few of things that were highlights this past week:
Our second session of Math Circles with Chris Danforth (UVM Professor of Mathematics) and John Madden (SCS Math Coordinator) gathered an energetic crew to explore non-periodic flow. Don't know what that is? Bet any of these five girls would be happy to explain it to you :-)
|Thanks to John Madden for sharing this picture from Math Circles|
|Thanks to Shelley Henson for sharing this picture from a EEE outdoor classroom experience|
A quick trip across the hallway found sixth graders working on their first rhythmic composition using a program called noteflight. Their goals is to develop two or more related rhythms that combine into one complex composition. Need a fun example to help understand (I did) - when I asked a student they explained it by sharing this video: Potter Puppet Tales
In Lisa Phelp's science class I walked in on a "Scientist's Meeting" - a regular time for students to share their early understanding and work on a project such as this model of the flow of phosphorus through the Shelburne Farms Ecosystem. It was powerful to hear the collaborative sharing / questioning - all with the goal of improving not only this draft model that was being shared, but everyone's work and understanding.