Happy Friday Friends!
I have no school today!
It's a Spring Holiday and I am so glad.
We finished three days of state testing this week.
I was looking for a funny quote about testing to use right here and stumbled upon my theme of this week.
First let's honor Kacey at Doodlebugs for hosting this linky every week.
So, can I find a quote for five different topics?.....well, yes, with a little help from Pinterest!
Fairly profound, I would say.
I watched a fourth grade group this week. It is really sad how stressed they are and how stressed we are and jeez, if they could jut remember that a rhombus is not a square....I had to test a fourth grade classroom because they have a sub right now and she cannot give the test. UGH!
So, anyway, click on that quote above and it will take you to a fabulous and very short article about opting out of tests.
Oh. My. Goodness.
When I saw this quote I nearly swooned. (great vocab word right there)
I recently finished a book that fits this quote so perfectly. Well, actually two books.
One was this:
This is set in the 1830's and is about Sarah and her sister. Sarah is given a personal slave when she turns 11 and her relationship with that slave, named Hetty, but called Handful, is the heart of the book. It is a grim look at slavery, but also quite fascinating. I loved it and days later I still wanted to read about these families. I missed them.
That is a sign of a really great book.
Here's another I just finished:
This was a page-turner. It took me about 50 pages to get all the characters straight in my head. It also has some jumps in time that you have to pay attention to. You will find yourself trying so hard not to turn to the end to find out what on earth happens! Read it!
I have no words for this one. Just enjoy it.
Oh my- I am going to write an entire blog post one of these days all about how failure (mistakes) teaches us so much!
EVERY SINGLE DAY
in the STEM lab we fail and fail and fail and try again and try again.
In the end, we cheer!
Sometimes rather loudly. Because it finally worked!
Look at this photo:
That's the passenger carrier for a zip line recently built by some fifth graders. It is so well constructed! Perfectly rectangular, paper cut well, taped fairly neatly. The straws are placed nicely and when it was placed on the zip line it rode very well. Except, it would sometimes go a little wonky and slip off its center point and get lopsided as it rode down the line.
The group tried several things to get it to ride exactly in the center and provide the best ride.
So, then we had demonstrations from every group and they could watch each other's carriers on the zip line. Aha!
A new idea was formed!
Here is how they finally fixed the problem:
Perfection! The addition of a little bit of tape on the washer lessened the friction enough to produce a beautiful slow zip line ride.
Learning by trying over and over and over.
This is why I love STEM so much!
In the photo below the team just wrapped string around a support post with nothing to hold it up. It would slide around and even slipped off the top of the post at some point. Clearly a problem!
After watching other groups they went back and added this:
Truly amazing! It held the rope string in place and the bridge system worked really well!
OK friends! Hope you enjoyed all the quotes!
Have a great weekend!