We worked on a regular logic puzzle to test those critical thinking skills, but then changed focus on worked on a convergent/divergent activity with several different tasks. The kids enjoyed the variety of problems, especially those calling for fluency!
Since we finished Level 2 of Hands On Equations, it was time for a change of pace. We went back to our "Math Stars" mixed problem solving sheet. This is a variety of problems of mixed difficulty. One problem of note: The kids now understand how to calculate their averages for grades. Talk about a life skill?!
Evaluative Thinking & Communication:
We finished sharing our robot projects today. The peer feedback was positive, the self-evaluations were much harsher! Isn't that usually the way? The ideas were creative and pretty useful, even if the actual model was a bit rough.
Self-Reflection & Communication:
We also shared our self paragraphs, written in the style of our novel, Ungifted. Wow! I was blown away by most of them! The writing was pretty amazing in many cases. What really got me though were the ones that were just so real, and revealing. I'm so proud of those that took a risk to share some personal thoughts, and also those who supported, encouraged, and praised the efforts of those students who shared. Well done!
Relationships & Connections:
We gathered our facts from last week's research to create posters on "Why are robots important?" I can't wait to see the finished products. I think these are going to be pretty amazing, based on the planning, information, and collaboration I saw today!
We ventured further into our novel, looking at the latest development with how Donovan could help his gifted friends. Pretty interesting stuff!
HW: Interview 10 people (at least 5 adults) to ask them what they think was the most significant invention of the 20th or 21st Century. Record your results for sharing with the group later.
Until next week,