Stuart's Spectacular Students

This is dedicated to my amazing students. The goal is for each and every one of them to feel unstoppable by the time they walk out of the classroom door for the final time in May. This chronicles their journey; their own Chronicles of Self-Actualization.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Math Geometry Outside

Students demonstrating how they can show "flipped" figures by flipping themselves.

Teacher and students collaborating to put math and science concepts in a story.

Math - Geometric Figures

See if you can tell what all these figures have in common. Be prepared to come to class tomorrow with your answer.

If you're having trouble
get excited about the struggle.

A challenging problem
is a wonderful conundrum.

As you think it through
you become the biggest you.

Remeber what we did in class
and the answer will come to you at last.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Science Lab is Fun

Briana, Mahruhk, Summer and Serena are enjoying themselves in science lab. I'm proud of all four of these students as they've all taken an increased role in leadership and participation in the classroom. All their grades are either exceptional or are steadily approaching mastery of the subject matter. Good job girls!

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Listen More Than You Talk

The best salespeople ask their customers questions and then let the customer do most of the talking. From my experience the same applies to teaching.

Here, Summer (AKA "Wint") and Serena (AKA "Meany Sereany") lead the class is a test prep session. Wint had taken the time to create a review game that excited the students and got everyone to participate.

As the teacher I get to listen to the students and get a much better idea of their levels of understanding versus when I'm doing all the talking. Like a doctor, I can better diagnose their "illnesses" and heal their ailing knowledge.

This sensible approach has once again produced miraculous results in the classroom, but is not possible without the dedication of every student I am fortunate to have or the leadership of students like Summer and Serena. Thank you girls. You allow me to do the right type of individualized teaching that needs to be done.

Esha also developed a terrific PowerPoint for the class which I'll post later.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Thanks Tui!!!!!

My friend Tui sent Christmas cookies to us all the way from New Zealand.
I'm not sure, but I think they liked it :-)

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