I am continuing to sort my notepads and eliminate all these massive volumes of pages of notes that I scribbled on tons of notepads. This post is based on two pages of lists of things I told myself to check out. I have not checked them out yet, but before I lose these notes I am typing them up.
If you any an recommendations or have used/heard/read about these please let me know.
1. Minecraft Project for Schools
2. Sekai Camera
12. Calm Counter/ Noise Dial
16. Monday Trick Shot
17. Move strawberry in water with mind
19. Amy Unell
20. Augment Reality Apps
21. Too Big Too Know – Weinberger
22. Teecino – I have used these products and they are AWESOME!
23. Lego Poetry
24. MJ Failure video
25. Star Wars Snowflakes
26. Lego Brick Race
27. Lego Brickshow
28. Teachem – free online teaching platform
BE. DO. HAVE.
40% of our actions are not based on decisions, but habits.
Here is a link to Part 1: Dreams
Lesson 2: Overcome The Odds
“Do not initially engage a competitor unless you are prepared.” Sun Tzu, Art of War
Why are we so pure/good in practice, but not in competition?
Before a big competition, it is important to eliminate the mind clutter, worry, and create a clear frame of mind.
If you practice anything long enough, it becomes automatic.
All performance tasks have some anxiety.
Anxiety is not something we should fear
- we must embrace
- mild to moderate anxiety is optimal for peak performance
- How can I prepare?
- How can I prepare to be better?
- Who knows more than I do, and how can I learn from them?
Finding Your Zone – Dr. Michael Lardon
Lesson One: Dreams
“I dream of the dragonfly who dreams of me.”
1. Suggest that you can dream of anything i.e. goal, new reality, etc. and you give it life
2. Suggests we are not separate from the world.
Everything we do – even dream – helps shape the life we live.
Give yourself a nighttime suggestion and write down what you learned in the morning.
We need to be conscious of our own dreams. Our culture of cell phones and constant distractions lead us to forget the powerful strength.
“Never surrender to self doubt”
You have to have self and belief in your dreams to make yourself a zone-like competitor/champion.
Simple Task – take a moment before bed to think of a question or situation to dream about and record the dream in the morning.
Dreams provide the potential energy to make our realities transform into something greater.
Steps/Goals to Record Dreams
- First goal to remember one dream every night
- Prime yourself each night to dream about something in particular
- Record your daydreams
Today I wanted to share the results from my 5th grade class.
Much like I stated with the 4th graders I am impressed by what they want to learn. The challenge is to make it all work.
Grade 5 ELP Students
Eagle Eye to the World
10—Field Trip to Alcoa Eagle Nest / Cam
7—Young / Life Cycle
4—Legends / History
3—Prey / Hunting
2—Eagles Around the World
Student Interest Areas
6—Outdoor Activities / Animals
5—Global Pen Pals
5—Architecture / Bridge Building
5—Lego / Robotics
5—Chemistry / Forensic Science
5—Sumdog / Math Explorations
4—Astronomy / Solar System / Outer Space
2—Field Trips / Sports / Plants
1—Origami / Natural Disasters / WWI & II / Weather / Olympics / Cars / Indians&Legends
This week in ELP we began to investigate what our students are interested in studying for the year. We follow a model in which we try to match our projects, units, and curriculum to their passion and interests. We have 16 4th grade students from our 6 elementary buildings in our class. We gave them a piece of paper in which they had to write down two things.
1. Interests about Bald Eagles(this is our theme for the year)
2. Student interest,hobbies, things they want to study that does not pertain to eagles(at least in their mind)
We gave them most of the class. During this time we talked about prior projects, potential projects, and some ideas we have as teachers. They asked lots of questions and their gears just turned and turned.
Here is the list of topics they came up with in about 20 minutes or so of brainstorming.
4th Grade ELP Interest Inventory
Body Parts – beak II, eyes IIII, feathers II, wings II, talons,
Sumdog IIIIIIIIIIII (12)
Skype Math IIII (4)
Penpals IIIIIIIII (9)
Lego Robotics II (2)
Geo Caching IIIIIIIIIIIII(13)
Owl Pellets IIIIIIIIIII (11)
Architecture II (2)
Mystery Skype IIIIIIIIII (10)
Goose Poop Study IIIIII (6)
Quail Camera IIIIII (6)
Animals III- pandas, bunnies, dogs II, monarchs IIIII, dolphins II, flamingos, komodo dragons, lions, gila monsters, aardvarks, platypus, cobras
Plays II (2)
Animation – claymation IIIIIIIII (9)
lightwire II (2)
Eco-Meet IIIIIIIII (9)
Outer Space, Universe II (2)
Theory of Relativity
Safety Case for Chips(makes think of Pringle Challenge)
Egg Drop IIIIIII (7)
Geode Hunting IIII (4)
Dissection IIIII (5)
Aerial Engineering II (2)
Bettendorf Mansion IIII (4)
Language and Culture
Underwater/Ocean III (3)
Shark attacks 1916
Drawing II (2)
Look at the wide array of topics. Look how awesome these ideas are to investigate further. The downside is that we don’t have enough time to cover them all, but we will try our best. It is now time to craft some projects and units based around their interests and see what we can develop. I love this time of year. It keeps me fresh as a teacher. These students force to push myself out of my personal comfort zone to meet their needs.
We had a great first week together. I look forward to a fantastic year.
This is why I love teaching. The passion for learning from my students only fuels my passion to teach.
5th grade list will be coming over the weekend.