Posts in February 2013

  1. Day 101: Students in Ms Awal’s Math class

    [ By on February 28, 2013 ]

    Setting the stage for the  Investigation (click the image to enlarge)

    Ms Awal's students did an investigation of Muffle's Truffles. At the end of the investigation, she asked her students to describe their math class based upon: * Something interesting you did... * Something you now understand... * Something you liked about class today... * Something you learned... * Something class made you wonder about... ----------------------- Something I liked in today's class was that I got to work in a group of 3 and we all shared the work evenly. (Jake) I liked when we got to talk about and solve the truffle problem. (Lucia) I wondered in math today what the Muffle's Truffle's project will look ...

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  2. Day 100: Gigi, Seventh Grader

    [ By on February 27, 2013 ]

    In English class we are reading Julius Caeser, a play by William Shakespeare. To help us get familiar with Shakespeareian language so that we are able to read the play easily, my teacher gave us three sheets; One with Shakespeareian insults, one with Shakespeareian compliments, and the last with Shakespeareian quotes. They were all very interesting new words that we would not usually use in everyday language. We spent the class reciting the insults, compliments, and quotes in iambic pentameter, which leads me to another story. In every piece of literature written by Shakespeare, he uses a form of language called iambic pentameter. In iambic pentameter, one places emphasis on the second syllable instead of the first. For example, ta-TUM ta-TUM. ...

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  3. Day 99: Olivia, Ninth Grader

    [ By on February 27, 2013 ]

    Today I learned many new things actually. We started a new topic in geometry, which relates everything he has taught us in the previous week or so back to these terms. I thought our history discussion was especially interesting, some of the topics might have been a little hard to grasp, yet I found the Iberian decline interesting. While these Iberian states were starting to become more powerful, they were becoming more economically dependant on Northwest Europe. Ironic isn’t it? After leaving the class I was still thinking about the topic we were discussing which is something I think is actually quite nice. I think your everyday life, not including school, should include pieces of your school life. I am ...

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  4. Day 98: Robert, Manager of Special Events

    [ By on February 26, 2013 ]

    I have been with Riverdale for five years now and have had the pleasure of working with so many faculty and parents on various events throughout the years. I also had the honor of working with various families and faculty members this past December as we all went out to Far Rockaway to distribute food and presents for the holidays to some of the families that were hardest hit during Sandy. The students were amazing; so organized, interested, and involved in every aspect of the day. That day really made me realize why Riverdale is such a special place and how fortunate I am to be part of this very special community. When not at home in the West Village, Robert enjoys traveling with ...

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  5. Day 97: Stacey, Third grade co-teacher

    [ By on February 22, 2013 ]

    Fairness is a something we have to look at through different lenses in our lifetime. As children, we are always saying, "that's not fair" when someone else gets something and we don't. As we get older, we start to look at situations in life and think about how our lives turn out in comparison to others. As a teacher, I look at my students and have to figure out how to meet their individual needs but yet still be "fair". Fairness came to mind as I observed my students in reading groups today and realized how they each have different needs. How can I be fair and give them what they need to be successful?  As my mind went into overdrive, I ...

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  6. Day 96: 10 Third Graders & 2 Chaperones

    [ By on February 21, 2013 ]

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?client=mv-google&gl=US&hl=en&v=upK6kuiW5GU&nomobile=1

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  7. Day 95: Olivia, Sixth Grader

    [ By on February 21, 2013 ]

    In a recent X Factor, I saw a fabulous presentation by Kerry Kennedy about her life as a human rights activist. Kerry is the daughter of Ethel and Robert Kennedy. She talked about what a human rights activist does in the world. She talked about the traits that an activist must have, such as bravery and grit. Before the presentation I had a vague idea about what one does as an activist, but after that presentation I knew much more about the job. I will definitely be talking about this event in Change Agents, a group that meets every Friday to discuss what needs to be addressed in school. I loved the presentation and I hope that Kerry can come ...

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  8. Day 94: Olivia, Eleventh Grader, Currently Living in France

    [ By on February 20, 2013 ]

    Today was my fourth Tuesday in Nantes, France. In other words, I have been attending a local lycée, living with a host family, and speaking a lot of, you guessed it, French. I’m finally settling into a bit of a routine here. Every day I realize more and more differences between France and America. I become more aware of how my worldview is being altered and widened by attending French school. Today, in my Communications class, a class which can be described as a current events and media class, I glanced at tons of articles dealing with the ever-present debate on whether to make Marriage pour tous (AKA marriage for everybody) legal. France is a Catholic country, and I attend a ...

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  9. Day 93: Jessica, Fifth grade co-teacher

    [ By on February 15, 2013 ]

    So, there I was sitting in our cool new node chairs, swaying from side to side.  In science, we had been learning about the human body, more specifically the circulatory system.  The previous day, one of our students, Carly, felt so compelled to share what she knew from her experience with having a brother who was born with a Cyanotic Congenital Heart Defect.  So, what is a Cyanotic Congenital Heart Defect you ask? I wouldn’t be able to tell you had I not listened to this ten year old speak confidently, articulately, and passionately.  Carly explained the difference between how a normal heart functions versus that where the great arteries are transposed and the non-oxygenated blood is pumped straight from ...

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  10. Day 92: Some of the Students of 4GW

    [ By on February 14, 2013 ]

    We are making bags for victims of Sandy that do not have homes. The bags are going to have food, pencils and notepads. There are pink paper hearts and we are writing an inspiring note on them and they will go to somebody who does not have a home. Kaylee's mom has a friend who goes every month to Rockaway. The people who live there who were affected by Sandy do not have anything, so this month we are bagging food and supplies to give to them so they will have a nice Valentine's Day. Sophia and Julie, before Thanksgiving, went to the Rockaways and got to know the people affected by Hurricane ...

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