When the knitting Unit is kicked off, the students really get into knitting. Once they are done with their knitted project, they think they are done with the unit. Then I teach them how to weave their individual strips together to weave blankets. Oh Man. Talk about excitement! The kids really get a sense of satisfaction of their hard work when they get to form the blankets. On average, it takes three 45 minute sessions to weave almost 200 strips into blankets. This year is no different. We should be done weaving our blankets by the end of the day Monday. :)
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Today, Susan Berbec, from Sacramento Blankets for Kids, came to present to my 8th grade class for the 7th year in a row. Our 8th grade students have been knitting blankets for this organization for a long time, and knitting season is my FAVORITE season of the school year. This year, the organization surprised me with an Award of Dedication along with a Quilt at the presentation. It is an honor to lead my kids through this service-learning project and to have such a strong partnership with this local organization!
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Some may see these cakes as simply fun and decorative. Really they are a symbolic project and an example of visualization. 8th Grade Students set a goal, either academic, personal or social. Then, they designed a slice a cake to represent the celebration they would have when meeting that goal. It was very interesting to read the artist statements that accompanied their projects. I think the students took this opportunity for goal setting very seriously. So Proud!
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Thursday, December 20, 2018
8th grade wrapped up the Trick Photography unit with Light painting- the ULTIMATE team building activity. We use only smart devices for this activity. Two apps that were most successful included PABLO and Slow Shutter Cam. If you haven't tried this yet, wait no longer! Get some glow sticks, a dark space, and download those apps!
This project was inspired by Sacramento Loaves and Fishes, Doug Winter, and the words from the stories of these unsheltered people.
Friday, December 14, 2018
Leading into winter break, nothing beats an outdoor photography project. This year the weather was crisp and clear and I thoroughly enjoyed being outdoors! Check out these amazing words the students created from images they took around campus.
Friday, December 7, 2018
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Friday, November 23, 2018
The Humane Society was the first advocacy project that the 7th graders took on. Students chose a specific fight to represent with an animal collage created in the style of Deborah Shapiro. Once collages we created, the were published using their hashtags to advocate for each fight. So proud of these collages!
Friday, November 16, 2018
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Friday, November 2, 2018
It's always amazing to see the progression of growth mindset students experience when it comes to the process of creating plaster face masks. Understandably, there is fear of the unknown, and the anxiety that comes with that runs high. Trusting another person with your face and breathing capacity is no joke. However, the students more than prevail and feel a huge sense of accomplishment that shines brightly on their completed masks!