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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Monday, March 17, 2008

Good Day or Bad Day?


Miguel, having finished both the 5th and 8th grade FCAT Explorer Science programs, gets to choose his science experiment for the day.

Checking the evaporation levels of his experiment to see which container allows for the greatest amount liquid to escape into gas in the form of water vapor.


Nick, having finished the 5th grade FCAT Explorer Science program and working on the 8th grade program, invites me over to listen to a song...

....Proving he can listen to music (clean music - no swear words) and still be productive,



I liked "Stricken", by Disturbed so much that I wouldn't give him the headphones back.

From the look on his face I doubt if I get invited to listen anymore. (Hunter, behind me, doing his best to understand this Chaos Theory - Methods of Mayhem teaching style)

Raymond, who did all of the assignment I assigned over the weekend, learned from this and had two computers going and two headphones before inviting me to listen to Mary J. Blige's song, "Just Fine" (technically we're not supposed to assign homework over the weekend. If there's learning to be done and it doesn't get done during the week, then it needs to get done over the weekend....Excellent motivation for them to really work in class).

He says the positivity in the song reminds him of the positivity in the class. I heard that he had been teasing Taylor today during phys ed and I got on him for not seeing that it had gone beyond teasing and into hurting, emphasizing again that interpersonal intelligence, the ability to read and get along with others, is among the most important of the multiple intelligences to develop.


Later, Shawn told me that while some of the boys were horsing around during lunch, it was Raymond who got them to stop. Lunch happened BEFORE phys ed, but look at what I heard first, the bad.

"Twice I did good and that I heard never.
Once I did bad and that I heard ever."

- Dale Carnegie

Praising Ray as soon as I heard this, and sharing the above quote with the class, I asked Ray before he left what kind of day he had. He said, "It was good...no bad...no good". I asked him why and he said, "Well, I guess I fell down but then got back up. So I think it was a good day."

Amen Little Brother! We talked about failure only being the failure in getting back up after you've fallen, and I shook his hand like a man. (which I've learned from the past is not being so overjoyed with his progress that I almost break it :-)

Some students didn't like the assignment they were given so we sat down together to design one that will still achieve the learning goals but in a more desirable process.


I'm smiling at Luis, whom I taught how to self-time the camera, and has snuck into yet another picture like some Where's Waldo project.



They share their ideas...


...Sandria coming up with the first legitimate alternative (while Taylor, knowing how important it is to respect others and not speak over them, is literally bouncing in silence as her idea is ready to burst)

...goes off to make her idea a reality

....While Taylor expresses an excellent idea that was built upon by the others so much that it became an INCREDIBLE idea



We could turn the classroom itself into a giant game board (Katie)

With giant dice (Taylor)

And we could be the pieces (Florencia...who has stolen the hat I love to wear that Sky-Man-Skyler gave me last year)

I'm very proud of how far they've come;

....from talking over one another,

....to staying quiet while another speaks but thinking only of their idea and not listening to their classmates,

.....to finally actively listening to each other's thoughts and building upon and co-creating incredible thoughts (something Courtney is VERY good at)

Engaging in REAL dialogue!

Katie showing me the notes she took in preparation for tomorrow's science project (an incredible feat for her, who used to refuse to take notes in the beginning of the year - She's a student you can't authoritatively demand she enter your world and see your vision....You enter hers if you hope to see how to teach her )


And after we call Taneicea and Kristen at home who were out sick today, straight-A student Nick gets a little golf in at the end of the day... (my grandfather's club)

While the rest of the abled-bodied class dances to "I Like To Move It, Move It" from the movie "Madagascar".

Chad is the straight man Dean Martin, while Luis is obviously Jerry Lewis

Andrew reminds me of Frank Sinatra, just as much fun with a slightly cooler edge


After buses were called Raymond had to drag you away Luis, reminding me of the Jim Carey movie, "Liar, Liar" when he's trying to make his one phone call from prison and hanging on the phone as he's dragged away. Luis, or "Big Fun", ....you make me laugh. Thank you for producing the Big Results academically that allow me to let you be yourself, and have Big Fun!


I believe Luis has the most Math Classworks units mastered in the entire school, second only to Andrew, who is here with Nick and Chad doing some kind of boys-will-be-boys momentum-in-science experiment using Luis as the object of motion :-)

So, was it a good day or bad day?

I'd have to say it was a very good day!
(because Luis got back up after his friends dropped him :-)

(Andrew literally feeling SKY HIGH from his accomplishments)

11 Comments:

  • At 1:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I thought we ended up having a good day because even though people got in trouble we still came back good and had a fun day x-sept the fcat.
    :(
    From:),
    TaYlOr D. & CoUrTnEy d.

     
  • At 1:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    nice-hunter coolican

     
  • At 1:50 PM , Blogger Adam Stuart said...

    Except for having to take the FCAT :-) I think it was a GREAT DAY!

    Especially because you two were a big part of it!!!!

    Glad you're in my class.

     
  • At 1:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hey i knew that i had a fun day but not this much fun! i think evryone liked it.




    your the funest,funnyest and yove really tought me a lot thanks from andrew

     
  • At 2:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi its waldo its a good thing ray did the work and we all dance to I like to move it it all fun by big fun

     
  • At 2:03 PM , Anonymous miguel said...

    this is the best class in my life i was having a good day i found out withch one it was it was the big one.any way i had a good day and i got 2 go bi bi

     
  • At 2:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It felt good that the class called.
    kristy

     
  • At 2:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hi mr.stuart this is taneicea and that when i read that i think that when people have ideas and i can listen to them and then i can and my ideas to them and then it can even a better idea then it was before. Also that I will find a way to get more then what i have already in classworks. And it was great to have the class call me and care so much about me and call me just like mr.stuart would and that they are all great and that I like to thank them so much I think this is the best class ever and then mr.stuart. love taneicea

     
  • At 2:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hit not me me but it might be me when it not but can and cannot be it relly confusing



    raymond

     
  • At 5:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hey Mr.Stuart,


    This is Flo and it was a great day x-sept that I did feel a little bit sick.. But today was better than just sit in our seats. Luv all the pics..

     
  • At 8:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I had an awesome day today because i feel very confident about FCAT science because it was more easy than the first half so I can fell/know that i did good. I also think i had a good day because i did not get told to stay in my seat or get yelled at for walking around. The last reason why I think i had a good day is because i had a good time today and i bought plaster after school so our group can do the expirement

    From: kelly Gomez

     

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