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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

School Can Be Fun!

I just love this video:

First Days of School: Marshmallow-Gumdrop-Spaghetti Homework

To begin the school year, we'll focus on building a strong sense of team. One activity we'll use is the popular marshmallow-gumdrop-spaghetti building challenge. As I learned this summer during the Wayland STEAM Institute, it's often great to give students a chance to try out materials and challenges on their own first before embarking on that challenge with a team. So for the first week's homework, we'll give each child a baggie of spaghetti, gumdrops, and a large marshmallow. We'll ask them to try making a tower at home with these materials, and then draw or photograph the tower they made and answer the questions on this page. I think this will be an enjoyable and profitable first week's homework. Do you agree?

Note: This TED Talk will give you an inside look at this challenge.

Spaghetti and Marshmallow Challenge:
We won't likely score or give a 20 minute time limit. I'll "read the students" before making these decisions. 

Here's one set of instructions, though I'd like to use gumdrops instead for a number of reasons rather than tape and string.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Health Care Decisions

I attended a meeting about health care changes today.

There's so much to know and understand about health care.

So much so that I think a lot of people put the information aside due to the complexity, but it's important to understand your health care.

In the next few days, I'll study up on this topic so that I'm ready to meet and work more with colleagues on this topic and other related matters.