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Monday, February 23, 2015

PBL-in-Practice: Mealworms Make Good Science Lessons

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This little guy is a mealworm, and he is a super star in RLOA's second grade classes. That's because they have connected their learning of living things to over fifty little worms that will soon turn into darkling beetles!      Ms. Gunderson remarked, "Last year I did this project, and the kids were so excited to come in one day and finally find little beetles hopping around. I just had to do it again. This year, Ms. Bostick and I are doing this project together."    ...

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Monday, February 02, 2015

Project-Based Learning Elements: Jones Uses Celebration to Encourage Learning

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Sometimes it takes children's excitement to remind us of the importance of celebrating little milestones on the way to great achievements. Today, Ms. Jones' kindergarten class created crowns and glasses to celebrate their 100th day of school. The children were very excited and only too happy to take their group picture.      Students of all ages need to be reminded to stop and celebrate their small successes. This is especially true in the project-based learning classroom, where...

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PBL-in-Practice: Best Practices in Action

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Here is a snapshot of what you would have seen if you were a visitor in RLOACS classrooms today: Cited Best Practices October 28, 2014   Grade Level Teacher Best Practice K D. Jones Kindergarteners are not too young to begin keeping poetry notebooks. Each child has a poetry notebook where they keep their drawings and notes related to short poems we study in class. K J. Ready Motor skills are important for all ages,...

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

RLOACS Art Students Raise Money to Support Peer

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At Hardeeville's 40th Annual Catfish Festival, RLOACS art teacher Ms. Bryant manned a school booth to raise funds for a school activity. It wasn't for a field trip or a sports event or any other activity that would benefit any participating student or student group directly.       Hundreds of art students made over 300 catfish-themed crafts to support Jasper County student Earnest Parker in his fight against bone cancer.     ...

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PBL-in-Practice: The RLOACS Gardening Club Prepares Seeds

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The picture at the left shows RLOACS Gardening Club students preparing seeds. Though some students may balk at the idea of working in planting and agriculture, there's a good chance that they have no idea of the work opportunities associated with gardening and cropping skills.      According to Careers.org, managers in farming, fishing and forestry fields earn approximately $40,000 per year for their services in food growth and distribution. Farmworkers and laborers are...

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Monday, September 22, 2014


Thursday, September 11, 2014

PBL-in-Practice: Moore Teaches Design and Psychology to Develop Tomorrow's Journalists

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 "What can I do for you today" is sometimes the beginning of life's most interesting conversations. When I asked Ms. Moore that question last week, she said "I'm looking for some books on Gestalt for my graphic design class. Do you have any?" Well, no; I didn't have any books on Gestalt. However, the more she used the word, the more it felt like I should have had them. So I asked her, "Why do I know that word? What is that even about?" She explained, "You would have heard it in psychology...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

PBL-in-Practice: Coleman Practices Perimeter in Choreography

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"Did you know that in a choreographed piece, two sets of dancers could go around two different objects but still find themselves taking the same number of steps?" "No," I responded. "I don't think I've ever thought about that." "It's true!" You can imagine Mr. Cameron's eyes sparkling with the excitement of his fast fact, and I'm sure he could tell I was trying to figure it out. "It's all about the beat," he explained. "One object may be small, and one object may be large, but music is about...

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Project-Based Learning Elements: Gunderson Uses Speed Drills to Boost Automaticity

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  "I used to hate these when I was in school," Ms. Gunderson remarked a few seconds after passing around practice sheets, "but I only use them once in a while, so the kids don't mind." The "them" Ms. Gunderson is referring to is a bunch of one-minute math drill sheets. Just in case you've forgotten or you've never had a minute-math challenge, "Minute Math" or "math drills" require students to complete a certain number of math facts in a timed environment. You may have completed a sheet...

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Project-Based Learning Elements: Dixon Teaches Across Curriculums to Maximize Engagement

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It's hard to get the attention of 20 nine-year-olds for 15 minutes. Which, of course, means that it's even harder to keep them focused on a single topic for 90 minutes. What might happen if instead of asking children to look and listen to English for 90 minutes, we asked them to use and produce English texts based on social studies instruction? What happens is what you see in the video top left. Students in Mr. Dixon's class have been talking about The Landbridge Theory for a month or so. Here's...

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Project-Based Learning Elements: Ms. Bostick Employs the Beaded Number Line for Extended Practice

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Aren't we constantly looking for ways to provide students with multiple opportunities for practice? This is especially true in elementary classrooms, where basic skills must be taught, practiced and reinforced to mastery to ensure that each child has a chance at success for the REST OF THEIR LIVES. Ms. Bostick recently shared an interesting way to reinforce counting by one, counting by ten (or any other multiple) and flexible grouping in addition facts: The Beaded Number Line. There are...

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Project-Based Learning Elements: Ranera Uses Teamwork and Problem Solving in Math

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Mr. Ranera, a RLOACS grades 7-8 math teacher, recognized that his students were struggling with solving word problems. Of course, this is not a new problem. There are many adults who--still, today--find math world problems difficult. So, instead of asking students to tackle word problems alone, again, he decided to let children put their heads together. Mr. Ranera says, "I assigned each group of children a word problem to solve. They were responsible for working together to understand the problem,...

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Thursday, September 04, 2014

RLOACS PBL-in-Practice: 4th Grader Teaches Lattice Multiplication

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Sometimes you should only trust what you know, and sometimes you should question what you really understand. This is a lesson easily learned from fourth grade student Ariana Cosenza, the student who taught me Lattice Multiplication on her lunch break. Lattice Multiplication is a way to use place value and addition to quickly find answers for double and triple-digit multiplication facts. Take for example the problem Ariana and I worked together: 63 X 47. If you were taught to multiply using the...

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RLOACS PBL-in-Practice: Ms. Vasiu’s Tenth Grade Geometry Class Snared by THE WEB

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There’s more than one way to review the rules of parallel and perpendicular lines. Of course, one could use any one of the old fashioned ways: draw parallel and intersecting lines on the board; show and discuss examples in the textbook; show a video about it. Or, students could construct a 3D plane and watch it “happen” in real life.      Ms. Vasiu’s “Spider Web” project was designed to help students visualize how lines fall in a plane....

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RLOACS PBL-in-Practice: Ms. Tipton’s Fifth Grade Math Class Completes Flight Trials

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The paper airplane has enjoyed a place of infamy in public school history; but  like so many other science teachers, Ms. Tipton has found a way to turn a potential hassle into a learning opportunity.      Ms. Tipton’s fifth grade class conducted an experiment this week where students attempted to build airplanes that would fly farther than all others’ on a marked testing site.      Before flight trials began, Ms. Tipton assisted two young...

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