The link to the Powerpoint explanation of Projects and Exhibition that was embedded in the 10/25 post is not going to work. Instead, please go to the "General Resources" page and under Exhibition, you will find a link to "Projects and Exhibition Fall 2019 - explanation." Apologies for any confusion! Sometimes, getting different tech platforms to communicate is problematic.
Happy Friday! I hope you have had a great week learning and exploring with your student. Need support or want to chat? I have office hours available. Read on for Adventurer updates...
Next WoW/ Spirit Day
Costumes! Students are invited (but not required) to wear a costume to WoW next Weds. Important notes:
Even though it was hot yesterday, a few of us braved the heat and enjoyed Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Coming soon:
Any time you come onto campus through the front office, please remember to sign in on the sign-in sheets and let the staff at the front desk know the purpose of your visit. This serves a safety function and we appreciate your cooperation. (Side note: I go to the office and sign you all out after Odyssey and Robotics after you leave).
Reminder to check the Assessment Tab of Work Journal 1
After today, WJ1 will be closed and you will no longer have access to it to see the attendance credit, warm feedback, and suggestions I gave you on your first work journal of the year. Go to your headrush dashboard, click on “Assessment,” and scroll down to see “Advisor Reflections”. If you have questions about anything I’ve written, please let me know.
Please stay up to date with Work Journal 2
We are finishing week #3 of 10! Week 10 will be here before you know it...get those daily logs filled in. Also, be sure to fill in the “Every homeschool day…” box with the general learning activities you do each homeschool day, as well as the “Learning Goals” box to let me know at least 2 goals per subject that you are working on this work journal period. I’ll be diving in again over the next few days to provide feedback and hope to see entries for every student!
Exhibition is coming!
Our Collaborative Exhibition will be Weds., Dec. 11th, 5:00-6:30. This will be a great night for Collaborative students to shine as they show off a deep dive project they have explored this semester. Students will have an assigned 30-minute “on-duty” time when they will share their project with guests. The remaining 60 minutes will be spent as engaged guests for other students. Students are expected to attend and participate for the full 90 minutes.
Check out my 8ish-minute presentation of information (these are the slides prepared for today’s parent workshop on projects and Exhibition, with my off-the-cuff comments added). You can zoom through without listening to the recording, if you want a quicker experience. CORRECTION: No link is present due to incompatible tech platforms. Instead, please go to the "General Resources" page and under Exhibition, you will find a link to "Projects and Exhibition Fall 2019 - explanation." Apologies for any confusion!
Please complete this Google form by next Fri., Nov. 1st to let me know some details about your child’s project (what you know, so far). Remember, I am available to support you and your child with project development. Office hours are available.
PEC 2 is around the corner…
Save the date! Weds., Nov. 6th. Our staff has a wide range of great topics planned. Keep your eye on the school newsletter for more info. Reminder: It is a regular WoW day for Collaborative students.
Check out this math resource!
Gordon Fletcher has a wide range of great math resources available on his website. You will find brief videos that help you understand mathematical learning progressions, math tasks and resources.
Have a great weekend!
Those braving the heat and joining us at Kenneth Hahn today will meet 11:00-1:00. Apologies for the miscommunication.
This will be a brief(er) one...
Next week, I hope I'll see you at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area on Thursday, from 10-12. Sign-up here. Two things to note:
More about projects and Exhibition:
Work Journals (Headrush)
I've completed my review of and feedback on Work Journal #1. In addition to feedback provided in Headrush comments, via email, at SLCs and in-person, I've completed the assessment area in your Headrush accounts, giving warm feedback, suggestions and attendance information. Go to Work Journal #1 in Headrush and click on "Assessment" to see the information. It will be available through next Friday, 10/25, when I will close the work journal. If you have any questions about the entries, please let me know.
Please review the work journal requirements as you dive into recording your child's work for work journal #2. I will send an addition list of reminders next week, after reflecting on how things went in the first round. Please know that an enormous amount of time goes into work journals on my end, as well, and that I appreciate everyone doing their best to meet the requirements. It allows me to focus more on supporting you as educators and spend less time following up with you about "paperwork" requirements. Thank you for helping me to help you.
A few highlights:
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with you and your children for this first round of Student-Led Conferences! Thank you for providing them with the “just right” level of support they needed to have a successful first conference of the year.
Work Journal 1 -I am processing Work Journal 1 and have reached out to some of you with an email asking for some corrections. Please submit these corrections as soon as possible (and by the due date in your email).
Work Journal 2 - If you haven’t already, please begin recording the work you have done this week on work journal 2. As some of you experienced last week, it is overwhelming to complete the journal at the last minute. Also, as I wrap up WJ 1, I can begin looking at your WJ 2 submissions to provide feedback, suggestions and resources.
Questions about work journals? Check out our updated Work Journal FAQ document. And, as always, let me know if you have questions or want support.
WoW Update - This week, the Adventurers revised and edited the writing begun last week about fairness and generosity. They identified the four elements of infographics and began analyzing 2 of them (Super Swimmers and Big Thinkers). This will continue next week. In the afternoon, the exploration of balance and center of gravity continued, using Keva blocks and balancing hanging shapes on yardsticks suspended from the ceiling.
Field Trips - The Getty Center field trip was great! Look for photos on my website later this weekend. We’ve got the Science Center, Kenneth Hahn Recreational Area, Natural History Museum, and El Dorado Nature Center all coming up. All current field trip sign ups are on my website.
Looking forward: I will send information next week about supporting your child’s at-home project and Exhibition.
Skills focus of the week: The skill of being bored
Right down to business...
IMPORTANT! Adventurer Student-Led Conferences (SLCs) - Sign up here ASAP!
SLCs will be held the week of Oct. 7th (this coming week). Families who are out-of-town should contact me to make arrangements for a video conference or to reschedule. The information below is also available as a document on the general resources page.
Student-Led Conferences (SLCs) are one of the many ways DV Connect supports students in taking charge of their learning, in partnership with parents, teachers and others. In the Collaborative Program, SLCs take the place of mandatory work journal meetings at or near the beginning of periods 2-5.
Each appointment will be 45 minutes long. The first 20-30 minutes will be the student-led portion of the meeting and your child will be in charge. The last 15-20 minutes will be for the parent/guardian and I to check-in. The outline in the overview reflects the expectations for the student-led portion of the meeting. If your student would like to change the format, please connect with me ahead of time, so that I can be prepared to best support them. The order of topics is your student’s decision.
Note for parent/guardian(s): Please bring samples of your student’s writing for us to assess and discuss during our time to confer at the end of the meeting. Include one of more examples of daily/typical writing and the piece of writing that reflects your student’s strongest work as an author. Also, these are some topics we might discuss:
Skill of the week (Digital Citizenship):
Common Sense Media, in partnership with Project Zero at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, has created a free, well-respected curriculum resources for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Check it out here. It is good to start this right from kindergarten, to help kids know how to appropriately use digital resources.
On a related note, students in grades 3 and 4 will be participating in the the Smarter Balanced Assessments (state testing) in the spring. It is an online assessment and students will have writing tasks to perform. If your child is not already learning to type, you will want to start now.
Resource of the Week:
Looking for some diverse book choices? Here is a list from Edutopia. You can find more books that reflect diversity, inclusion and social justice on the Feelings and Social Skills page of this site.
Picture Day, Spirit Day and PEC! All in one. And we managed to accomplish some work, as well. We read It’s Not Fair! A book about having enough. It gave us so much to think about, in terms of fairness, generosity, choosing how to respond to an unfavorable event, friendship and much more. Everyone wrote their own version of the story, deciding for themselves what choices they would make. Another highlight was more center of gravity work. Ask your kids about the yardsticks and clay and the kapla/keva blocks. Lots of fun and the concept is making more and more sense to them.
Thanks for checking in to see what has been happening in Adventurer World this week. See Wednesday’s post for info about workshop.
I appreciate how active and involved everyone is! Here is a recap of our week:
Important Announcements for next Wednesday, October 2nd
Work Journal 1: Friday, October 4th, is the last day of Work Journal 1 and the due date for your Headrush submissions. All entries must be submitted by 11:59PM on 10/4/19. It is very important that you complete this requirement on time so that I can process your child’s attendance. Remember to fill in all of these sections:
Student Led Conferences - A number of you have not yet signed up for your child’s Student Led Conference. Please sign up here. They will be held the week of Oct. 4th.
I will periodically highlight skills to work on at home that are appropriate for all Adventurers. Here are two:
Our school nurse, Emily Green, has posted a very useful Health Page on our Da Vinci Schools website for parent and staff use. Check it out here.
Things you may be wondering about…
Finally...Please read your DV Connect Newsletter and Check out the Official DV Connect Facebook page: Be sure to read the weekly DV Connect newsletter where you will find important schoolwide information not posted in this blog. You may also want to join the private DV Connect facebook page. This is a great way to connect with other home educators and you will find many great opportunities in which to participate each week.