Happy Friday STEMtastic Friends! This was a week of new beginnings! First, we started a new topic in math class. To introduce the Order of Operations, students created lists of real-world experiences that require a particular order. A common one was "getting dressed." To demonstrate, a volunteer dressed in my oversized clothing to show that "order matters." It was a funny, but impactful model.
For homework, students watched a Flipped Classroom Video about Order of Operations. You can find it by clicking on the "Flipped Classroom Videos" tab at the top of this blog page. I created the video using the "Show Me" app. Since they focused on the "knowledge" levels of Bloom's at home, we then focused on critical thinking problems and higher-level thinking in the classroom.
In Social Studies class, we started a new unit about Ancient Civilizations. I borrowed many, many books from the library about the Aztec, Inca, and Mayan civilizations and asked the students to "discover" why this civilization matters to us today. My catch phrase for the day was, "So why do we care?" Day 1 was the most difficult day because students summarized lots of information, but they were missing the critical thinking aspect. On Friday, we paused our new unit to talk about the September 11th tragedy. I asked students the same question, "So why do we care?" They can up with amazing, well-thoughtout answers. So I asked them to apply that to the Ancient Civilizations unit. I think the "lightbulb" went off!
DARE also began this week. Officer Fulton introduced the DARE Decision Making Model. The students were great participants!
Have a STEMtastic week everyone!!!!
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