A few days ago, my daughter sent me something new... I am intrigued and enchanted! So, I want to share my new fascination with you... It's Hello, Ruby. http://www.helloruby.com/
On the website you will find many ideas for children who crave challenging, fun, and worthwhile projects. In the process, children of all ages can learn about computers, technology, and programming.
This is my favorite quote from Hello, Ruby:
"The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination." Fred Brooks (1975 - Essays on Software Engineering)
Even though the book is not published yet, It is available for pre-purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Indiebound.
Also, If you want to learn basic programming/computer code, check out the following site:
My students enjoyed making brush bots today. They used a toothbrush, motor, and a battery. Once they finished the basic design, they created and placed a character on top of the brush bot. I hope you enjoy the little video.
I learned something new today. I recently read the quote, "Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do." When I discover something new, I like to implement it right away. It helps me transfer short-term learning into long-term knowledge.
EDpuzzle provides a way for students to learn by doing. In the lesson posted above, you will have the opportunity to write a response to a difficult situation. I hope you enjoy the lesson.
I tried a paperless way to publish a newsletter. The newsletter was created using "Mail Chimp". It has been an exciting learning experience. Now that I am finished, I am very happy with the final product.
Click on the link below to view the letter. Last spring I read a book by Carol Dweck. There are two things I learned:
1. “no matter what your ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.”
2. “...when people already know they're deficient, they have nothing to lose by trying.”
I hope you enjoy reading about what is going on in ABC at CSE!
I think the short video tells the story of my students much better than words. Each week my students inspire me and make me smile. They come to class excited about learning and that makes me strive to find interesting things for them to pursue. This week we will be looking at how music affects us. My lesson is posted on my "extras" page. I hope you will explore this interesting topic.
As the school year screeched to a halt, I spent the last few days teaching drawing lessons, packing up the room, as finishing up paperwork. The year invariably ends abruptly and I am never quite ready. However, I like the thought of beginning fresh each year.
The bittersweet part about the conclusion of the school year is letting go of the sixth graders. I wish I could keep them a few more years. Last year's 6th graders have been my students for three years. They changed so much in those few years and I am a different person because of their influence on my life.
It is funny how much we are affected by the people with whom we choose to spend our days. My mother told me, "You are known by the company you keep." It has truly taken me decades to understand what she meant. I think it is important to spend our time with people who inspire you, believe in your dreams, recognize your weaknesses, and encourage you to be good and true. I also believe this pertains to the books we read, movies we watch, and music we listen to.
As I endeavored to pass my mother's wisdom to my students. I hope they will have happy recollections as they look back on their days in my class. The sixth graders have given me indelible memories that make me smile.
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust (Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com.)
Everyone makes mistakes. Some people persevere and other people give up when they encounter failure. According to Torrance (1995), the capacity to persevere is one of the most critical components of creativity. It is also one of the most important indicators of success. Torrance (1995) also said that creativity may be a more accurate indicator of later achievement than intelligence. This short video shows the importance of making the most of mistakes. Enjoy Barney Saltzberg's book, Beautiful Oops.
Pearls take time to form; likewise, our words should be chosen carefully and with thought.