Brain Dumps #5 and #6 - World War I, Do Your Best, and High Expectations

Brain Dumps #5 and #6 - World War I, Do Your Best, and High Expectations
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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

  • I administered a World War I quiz to my crew. They were allowed to use their notebooks. I am surprised that so many of them chose not to open it. 
  • Recorded a screencast for the 2-5-8 Forces and Motion Learning menu. You can check it out here.
  • It’s only a three-day school week due to a snow day and an extended weekend. 
  • "Just do your best — in any circumstance in your life. It doesn’t matter if you are sick or tired, if you always do your best there is no way you can judge yourself. And if you don’t judge yourself there is no way you are going to suffer from guilt, blame, and self-punishment. By always doing your best, you will break a big spell that you have been under." (Don Miguel Ruiz, Janet Mills, The Four Agreements) I’d even rephrase this like, “Always do your best and let the rest go.”
  • Science classes completed their weekly Newsela work. Today, they selected science articles and completed a 3-2-1 sheet by recording three things they learned, describing two important science terms, and posing one researchable question. Of the three, they had the most difficulty generating questions. This is a reminder that I need to provide them with more time to be curious.

Wednesday, March 27th, 2024

  • Today retrieval practice in science consisted of a round of Gimkit followed by a three minute brain dump.
  • I’m still amazed each year when we study trench warfare in World War I. There was so much brutality without either side gaining much ground. One of my students asked a great question, “Are there any rules in war?”
  • It’s important to have expectations, but it’s not always easy to maintain them.
  • I have the power to set my own intentions. This influences how I interact with the world.
  • I need to plan a social studies lesson that connects some of the dots in the World War  I unit. Streamlining what we study is hard when there are so many compelling topics.
  • Can I talk my wife into getting Papa Murphy’s tonight? It’s for a good cause, 5th grade fieldwork.

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