Robots on Our Mountain

If you are interested in learning more about robotics throughout the Oak Mountain Schools, join us on Tuesday, November 28 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm in the Oak Mountain Intermediate School cafeteria.  Oak Mountain High-Tech Solutions will host an open house to showcase Robotics on Our Mountain.  Come see all aspects of our programs from elementary, intermediate, and middle schools, plus both offerings at our high school.  Teachers, mentors, and students will be on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions.

Empathy

As we continue with our Classroom Dojo series, Mojo teaches us about empathy.  We are having some beautiful discussions about how to be empathetic.   Ask your child about “the maze” and how to get out of it.

Robot Revolution

The kids have been so excited as we stepped into the world of robotics!!  We have started with some fundamentals, discussing parts and pieces, types of control and various engineering career possibilities.  They now realize many of their career choices they considered this year can be combined with engineering to form a specific field of engineering.  They are currently building their first robot by instructions.  As the unit continues, they will begin to design and program their robot to meet challenging tasks.  Hopefully I will remember to get the camera out to take pictures for you guys!

My Perspective of Me

We are working in our “Self-Perspective” unit.  As we move on through our unit, the kids are in the process of creating career posters to place in the hallway.  These are small posters they are designing using Google Slides.  The poster gives a little information about the career they chose to research.  These will be displayed on the wall across from our classroom throughout the year to share with all of the students in our school.  Next week, they will be taking pictures to be placed on the poster.

 

Magic Carpet Rides, Sinking Yachts & Hot Chocolate Rivers

Do you have a vivid imagination?  Do you have what it takes to stop a magic carpet, survive in the ocean 1000 miles away from land or cross a hot chocolate river?  Well the GRC students do!  We have been waking up our imaginations and stepping into some problem-solving and critical-thinking.

The students opened the year by taking a trip on a magic carpet.  They enjoyed their flight, as they soared above the towns and tree-tops.  They were then hit with the realization that they had to be able to stop the magic carpet.  To do this, they had to turn the magic carpet completely over onto the other side without allowing anyone to fall off.  They used problem-solving and teamwork to complete this task!

On another adventure, the students were enjoying an afternoon on a yacht when a fire broke out in the kitchen.  They were able to jump on a  rubber lifeboat with only 14 supplies.  Which of these supplies were the most important to save, and what would they use them for?  Would you have ever thought to use chocolate bars to write with?  What amazing critical-thinking skills these students have!

Our latest adventure took us to a hot chocolate river, where their task was to get their entire team across without losing a member.  Thankfully, they had 5 marshmallows to help them get across.  But watch out!  Any marshmallow untouched at any moment is swiftly carried downstream.

 

I’ve enjoyed watching their brains at work!  We look forward to more adventures in problem-solving and critical-thinking as the year goes on!

 

The Dip

Have you ever been in “the dip”?  We all have at some time in our lives.  The dip is the point of great emotion and frustration when you feel overly challenged.  Many times we want to give up.  We have also called this “closing the blinds” in our class.  We are learning ways to open the blinds a little and let some light in so that we can find our way out of “the dip”.  We continue to learn ways to face challenges with a growth mindset and perseverance.

Growth Mindset – Mojo

I feel it is very important for our kids to learn how to have a growth mindset.  We are venturing through a series of videos and discussions about how to have a growth mindset when faced with challenging tasks.  Led by our new favorite characters, Mojo & Katie, the kids are soaking in the new skills and taking ownership.  Ask you child about the power of “YET”.

Welcome to GRC

GRC clasess started this week!!  I’m so excited to get to know these kids even more!  They are going to have a great year stretching their minds, challenging their thinking, and utilizing their creativity!  I’ll attempt to blog every now and then to let you know what is going on in our class.  The next few weeks we will focus on self-perspective, what it means to be gifted and what careers may be interesting according to their gifts and talents.

 

Exciting Year Ahead!!

I am so excited to be working with the amazing students and staff at Oak Mountain Elementary this year!!  We have a lot of great things in store.  Be ready to investigate, explore, create and lead!  This is going to be a FABULOUS year!