We used our divergent and evaluative thinking, and communication skills to create Intro Paragraphs about ourselves in the style of our book, Ungifted. We also stretched our convergent thinking with a logic puzzle. The kids have had quite a bit of practice lately on the grid type puzzles, so we'll look to change things up next week.
We tackled a Math Stars problem-solving activity. These include a variety of math problems with a mixture of concepts and many strategies to solve them.
We spent some time in the Computer Lab researching our Genius Hour Topics. Almost everyone seems to have an excellent start on a topic, with some good research already! We've conferenced with each student this week to check on his/her progress. Next week, the kids will Peer Coach to offer their feedback and ask questions about each others' projects. They find this opportunity very helpful in directing their work.
We read another chapter in our book, with our main character Donovan making it to the Academy for Scholastic Distinction. He's figured out that all he needs to do is blend in and hide from the Superintendent for awhile. Might be easier said, than done!
We watched an amazing Ted Talk by Diana Nyad, "Never, Ever Give Up". She discusses her record-breaking swim from Cuba to Key West at age 64. The kids were astounded at her perseverance, mental toughness, and positive attitude! This is part of our "Extreme Dream" lesson, where the kids learn about how negative thinking can create obstacles for continued achievement in school and in other activities. They did a good job reflecting on their own experiences.
HW: Edmodo-Next Steps for the Project
Until next time,