Posts in January 2013

  1. Day 83: 1V and 5M Buddy Bloggers

    [ By on January 31, 2013 ]

    This week in class we are doing math and language arts activities circled around football. We made a football pool with first and fifth grade buddies, and if we win we get a prize. A football pool is where you draw numbers, and if your numbers come up in the ones place in one of the quarters, you win a prize. In this grid you get two numbers, one for the Ravens and one for the 49ers. If you win the first quarter prize you get a coupon for one buddy snack and the second quarter (halftime) is ten extra minutes of recess. The third quarter is a teacher pen or pencil, and if your numbers win the game your prize is ...

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  2. Day 82, Leanna, Sixth Grader

    [ By on January 30, 2013 ]

    Last week, the 6th grade class went on its yearly trip to Becket, Massachusetts. It was an opportunity to engage in learning outside the classroom. We participated in activities like rock climbing, tubing and cross-country skiing. I had to learn how to cross-country ski. Riverdale teaches us about character strengths and how they help us to succeed in life. Learning to cross-country ski, I realized that you need these strengths to succeed. You need grit and self-control to finish the adventure through the woods. This is important because when you fall, you want to scream and give up, but grit and self-control keep you from giving up. Though I kept falling off the skis, I persevered and kept moving. I was ...

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  3. Day 81: Carter, Ninth Grader

    [ By on January 29, 2013 ]

    Today I received the rest of my Mid-terms back. While my classmates didn't verbally announce their grades to the class, their facial expressions said it all. Disappointment, astonishment, and confusion painted our class. As I sat there, feeling as if the teacher would never make it toward my desk, I let my mind go blank. However, when I eventually did receive my test I said a little prayer and turned it over. Today, unfortunately, the tests Gods were not here. As I looked down I reminded myself that I had the rest of the year to improve. The only thing that made me more angry was the amount of people who told me not to worry because it didn’t matter. ...

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  4. Day 80: Julie, Dean of Students, Grade 10

    [ By on January 28, 2013 ]

    Today was the first day back to a regular school day schedule, and I experienced several "revelations.” My revelations were, unfortunately, all sudden reminders of things that I had forgotten to do. After each "revelation," I completed the task and checked it off my list of duties, but I didn't feel a sense of accomplishment or even a sense of relief. All I felt was blah. Sometimes what we learn on a given day is just what it takes to keep things running along smoothly. Julie enjoys spending time with the three 'o's of her home: SungHo, her husband, and Rocco and Bruno, her adorable sons. She has been known to ask one of them for a backrub when all the ...

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  5. Day 79: Pam Findlay, Upper School science teacher

    [ By on January 25, 2013 ]

    I teach science to bright, motivated high school students. I feel  very, very fortunate to have such a wonderful job. I teach Marine Biology in particular, and I feel really lucky to be able to teach what I love. Today I learned that marine biology is so, so much more than learning about animals and habitats and water. I learned from my students that marine biology is about art, and swimming, and great American literature, and entrepreneurship. I learned that the sea is part of everything, and that if you taught a course with the sea as its center, you could teach a course that involved math, history, literature, art and music. The sea is truly all around us, as ...

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  6. Day 78, the Students of 2M

    [ By on January 24, 2013 ]

    There are 17 different kinds of penguins. Emperors are the tallest penguins. Penguins lost their ability to fly. Penguins have been around for more than five million years. All penguins live in the southern hemisphere. Penguins molt their feathers. Little Blue is the smallest penguin at about one foot tall. Penguins do not walk, they waddle. The students of 2M say they are "the best penguin studiers!!"  

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  7. Day 77, John, Seventh Grader

    [ By on January 23, 2013 ]

    Today, the 7th grade went to Philadelphia. First, we visited the Liberty Bell where we learned that there is a crack in the bell. The bell was imported from England and made by the same company that made “Big Ben.” When the bell was rung for the first time, it broke. We also went to see the place where delegates from the thirteen colonies convened to write the Declaration of Independence. George Washington presided over all of them. We visited a few historic homes and “Betsy Ross” invited us into her parlor where she sewed flags in secret. During the trip we learned a lot about the city of Philadelphia and the state of Pennsylvania. The reason the state received its ...

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  8. Day 76: Laura, Twelfth Grader

    [ By on January 22, 2013 ]

    When I was first informed that we would have an extra day to review for midterms, I was relieved, as I would have more time to prepare. I thought it would have been a good opportunity for me to ask any last minute questions instead of flooding teachers’ inboxes. However, it proved to be more stressful. Instead of obsessing over every topic in the comfort of my own home, I had to deal with the stress of my peers as well.  Students were frantically asking questions for the sake of asking questions only to prove to themselves that they had studied. In addition, I had realized that I wasted four hours of my time studying the wrong way. One would think, ...

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  9. Day 75: Nicky, Middle & Upper School art teacher

    [ By on January 18, 2013 ]

    THE LOST & FOUND When Howard Ikemoto told his 7-year-old daughter what he did for a living - "I teach people how to draw" - her response was, "You mean they forgot?" Yes. Art can be remembering, searching, finding what is lost. So I urge students to dig deep, to uncover fertile soil. Sometimes they come up with mud. Sometimes gold. Today I learned that my students are explorers, getting lost in order to find. They’re also alchemists, magically transforming materials. As Picasso would say, they turn a yellow spot into the sun. Their art is ingenious. Sometimes I find little difference between their work and that of professionals. For example, Josette found some ...

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  10. Day 74: Natalie, Third Grader

    [ By on January 17, 2013 ]

    We started our run-through in drama today. The teachers give you some advice about your acting. We already did one scene. Tips might be "maybe it would be better if you climbed in that tree". Our play is Tales of the Lenape Spirit. We did Thursday Math today. We were working on arrays. It is when you have rows and columns. Arrays help you with your everyday life so you don't have to count up to 86 or something like that. Natalie is artsy. People say she is funny. She has two friends named Lea and Zoe, and she has a sister who is 27 and  is finishing her last year of law ...

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