Posted by sunnywilliams on March 16, 2007
As we all leave for break, I want to take the chance to reiterate the wonderful things going on daily at HTMS. Laura Reddick’s students have entered art work into a contest sponsored by the National Middle School Association. I helped cover her class earlier in the week so she could co-teach an activity with Niki Lincoln for social studies. Her students applied mathematical concepts as they drew tessellations. I was able to listen to Brenda Graffeo’s students share poems as beatniks in a coffee house. I sat in on a discussion in Darrell Stovall’s class. Students read the article from Time and participated in a discussion about it. Over the past few weeks, all of the 6th graders went to Birmingham Southern to participate in a variety of ecological activities. Kids came back very excited about what they learned. Jamey Curlee is kicking off his body systems unit using the movie Supersize Me. Erin McGuyer’s students taught me some new tricks in PowerPoint as I walked around her classroom. Sandy Hoffman’s students rotated through different stations during class. They had choice in working with a partner or alone and to solve a variety of problems. Check the stairwells going upstairs to see great examples of Jan Sterling’s students illustrating solutions to a problem using different strategies. Go up the stairs in front of the counselors’ offices. Emily Walsh had students brainstorm using different strategies (drawing a picture, creating a web, using other graphic organizers, or free write.) Haley Nichols allowed her students to select from a variety of high interest articles. Students with the same article formed groups and wrote persuasive essays based on their articles. Anita Dobb’s students celebrated Pi Day (3/14) by doing a variety of math activities that required students to utilize Pi in their solving of problems. Joy Young’s students used Excel to recreate and fill in their tournament brackets. They then utilized the program to calculate the winning percentages based on their brackets. Very high interest way of teaching students the Excel. Ann House’s students created board games to demonstrate their learning. Tracy Gulledge’s students dissected hearts; I never was able to dissect anything beyond a frog. Larry Jones’ students had rocket launches to test different principles in physics. Did you see the article in the Birmingham News the other morning about the cafeteria’s 100 score on the latest health rating?