Thursday, October 25, 2018

Show What You Know, LID Updates and Trivia - October 25, 2018

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LID TEAM UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS


Polyup is a movement built on a vision conceived at Stanford University in 2015 by visiting professor Yahya Tabesh. Yahya teamed up with Harker alumni Shaya Zarkesh (class of 2018) to build a free digital playground for mathematical thinking. Polyup.com allows 3rd-12th grade learners to modify expressions, functions and algorithms to discover the beauty of math. On Friday, October 19th, Shaya and his team visited and shared Polyup with the entire 3rd grade class during their math lab class and will also share with both the 4th and 5th grades in January.





This week while the middle school was off on trips, students that stayed on campus exercised their Math minds creating life-size geodesic domes with Margaret Huntley.


At the Upper School, Byron Stevens had his students dig deeply into nationalism. The “Build a Better Nation-State” Poster Project asked students to “Imagine that you have been commissioned by the government of said country to create a piece for a campaign to commemorate a significant national anniversary or cause; the tone of the poster may feel rather nationalistic, if not like overt propaganda.” Watch the brief video to see samples of the student's work.

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INNOVATIVE TOOL, TIP OR STRATEGY

Here's a quick strategy to try right now! 

On the back of a test, or in a field that is open-ended, provide the following prompt: 

"Everything you know about this topic, but wasn't asked on the test."

If students claim they know more than the field (or paper) provides, tell them to prioritize the five most important things, thereby showing their ability to prioritize, as well.

For students who have test anxiety, this offers an opportunity to feel as though they are still able to actually show their learning (and it might be an opportunity for you to re-assess what is being asked on the test, too!)

I found this strategy in the EquityEdu Facebook Group, which was linked from the Twitter accounts of award-winning teachers. If you're interested in this, or more ideas, email me (Liz)!

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TRIVIA

Read to the bottom of each blogpost and send an email to Liz Brumbaugh at liz.brumbaugh@harker.org with the correct answers sooner than anyone else, and Liz will deliver your choice of beverage to your office or classroom



2018-2019 Trivia Winners (So Far)

Michael Ear, Preschool Art
Marissa Lucketti, HR
Melanie Ramsey, Middle School History
Jennifer Siraganian, Upper School English
Lola Muldrew, Upper School Math




And now, for the questions...

1) In the popular Disney movie, Coco, what does Dante turn into (use the Spanish term, please)?
2) What is the traditional flower to honor the dead during Día de los Muertos?
3) What is the name of the Celtic harvest festival that many people believe Halloween is based on?

Friday, October 12, 2018

LID Vision Workshops, Design Thinking, Storytelling and Your Ballot Measures ~ October 12, 2018

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The fourth graders in Mrs. Nicolary's class reviewed commonly used literary terms by completing an Escape Room.  Students worked hard to crack codes and figure out patterns, all having to do with literary terms they had covered in class.  Once they figured out the code words by correctly completing each station, they entered them into a google form and finally escaped!


In 6th-grade Computer Science with Sharmila Misra students have been engaged in learning about Design Thinking as a framework for solving problems. Students are currently prototyping a name tag for their users, another student in the class, for which they are gearing up to get feedback from.

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INNOVATIVE TOOL, TIP OR STRATEGY

Enjoy this brief (3:51) TED Talk on the Technology of Storytelling. Your LID Team's job is to amplify, empower and celebrate the innovative and inspiring ways you stretch yourselves and your students daily. Technology is one way this happens and hopefully this talk offers some potential ideas for how you can amplify the voices in your classrooms further. Enjoy!


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TRIVIA

Read to the bottom of each blogpost and send an email to Liz Brumbaugh at liz.brumbaugh@harker.org with the correct answers sooner than anyone else, and Liz will deliver your choice of beverage to your office or classroom



2018-2019 Trivia Winners (So Far)

Michael Ear, Preschool Art
Marissa Lucketti, HR
Melanie Ramsey, Middle School History
Jennifer Siraganian, Upper School English




In the spirit of civil engagement, this installment of trivia is less trivia and more "How well do you know your ballot measures?" And now, for the questions...

1) Which statewide measure "Authorizes legislature to provide for permanent daylight saving time if federal government allows"? 
2) Which statewide proposition "Authorizes state to use revenue from millionaire's tax for $2 billion in bonds for homelessness prevention housing"?
3) Which statewide measure "Bans sale of meat from animals confined in spaces below specific sizes"?