Cherokee Pottery

Oh, dear!  Already I have missed a day.  It came as quickly as it went.  Well, that’s disappointing… but there’s no use staying in the past.  I may as well move forward.

Here’s a moment from yesterday:

They were so loud, but…

They were working together.  They were using their problem solving skills to figure out the recipe.  They were learning, and they were enjoying themselves.

I gave a quiet signal.  Then another.  Then another.  Then another.  Finally I got their attention and reminded them to speak at a whisper.  I asked them to sample a whisper volume for me, and they did.  Then I sent them back to it.

Once again… They. Were. So. Loud… But…

They were happy.  They were getting along.  They were being messy, creative, thinkers.

I gave a quiet signal.  Then another.  Then another.  Then another.  Finally I got their attention and reminded them to speak at a  whisper.  I asked them to sample a whisper volume for me, and they did.  Then I sent them back to work.

They. Were. So. Loud… BUT…

Win some lose some.  Sometimes you have to pick your battles.  I think learning and collaborating takes precedence over volume.  I also wonder if through the chaos of calculating, measuring, and creating my ears magnified their sound.

But if felt like they were so loud.

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Google Classroom to the Rescue!

Since the beginning of the year the yellow light has remained lit on my projector, hinting that it needs a new bulb.  However, since the beginning of the year, my projector has been properly displaying what I asked it to.  I knew that it was just a matter of time before the thing finally stopped shining.

Today was the day.

No projector today to show off my awesome slideshows, videos, timers, or anything else to my students.  I had to be an old school anchor chart making, whiteboard only teacher.  It mostly worked out.  We used the word “flexibility” a lot today.  However when Social Studies came, one of my students came up with a great idea!

The lesson began with me explaining what we were going to do, had technology cooperated, and how what we were going to do today would help them with a project that they’ll start tomorrow.  We were going to take some notes on Cherokee arts and technology.  We were then going to combine math and social studies tomorrow by solving math problems to figure out a recipe for salt dough.  Then we were going to make pottery with our salt dough.  This will of course be accompanied by a writing piece as well.  (I’m a little excited!)

After explaining everything we were GOING to do, my student, asks me, “Can you send our notes to the Chromebooks?”

DING! DING! DING!  We have a winner!

Of course we can do that!  So, after some verbal praise, I quickly sent the notes to Google Classroom, and we were good to go!  Thank you Google Classroom for saving the day!