Processing the Day

The two weeks have been filled with everything from celluar warfare (immune system) to, from learning how to write dialogue and analyzing informational text, to doubling mixed numbers found in recipes, to skits of practical implementations of Philippians 2:3 “do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit but in humility regard others as more important than yourself.” There is so much for the students to learn and experience. However, I have noticed that without prompting them to opening their minds, they can miss out on the gift of the collective impression of all the classes. Hence I utilize our wrap up times the end of the day helping them to process the day. 

 “I want to remind you that each class is connected. Take for example the first class of the day. With Mr. Munoz you are learning about the conflicting encounters of cells within the body, and the response the body has to fend off malicious foreign invaders. You are taking a feature of that conflict and putting it into a 4 panel comic strip with Mr. Olson who is teaching you layout design in your visual arts, you’re then learning how to develop a story with strong dialogue in your writing class with me, because dialogue is one of the strongest techniques to developing a narrative piece. As you come into an understanding of what makes for strong dialogue that is correctly punctuated, you then learning character depiction and shorthand techniques in your applied arts class with Mr. Nava. Everything is connected.

”do you realize that on Monday alone, you’re immersed in a project that demands your use of micro-biology, visual arts, language arts, and applied arts? You must get into the habit of thinking with all that you know at all times.”

Each class is contributing to the other. They are receiving an integrated experience in which teachers are collaborating to incorporate their lessons across the entire school day. Because of this, I am having to give talks on how to digest their day not in terms what what they did but “how” they did what they did.  This is really exciting because it’s pushing kids into those meta-cognitive considerations that we want for the students. 

 

 

Here is what’s coming up for the next two weeks:   

 

Mon/Thur - Music Production

 

Theme: Music Production

Course: Music on the Brain

Discipline: Life Science - STEM

Main Manipulative: Ipad

Teacher: Mr. Munoz

Description: Students will explore the effects of music on the brain. The major parts and functions of the brain will be introduced. Music therapy will also be examined as a way of bringing holistic healing to various types of illness. Students will be able to 1. build a brain model using construction paper 2. Explain basic brain function according to major brain locations. 3. Recall the four basic components of music therapy on the brain. Intelligences addressed: visual spatial, logical and mathematical.

 

Theme: Music Production 

Course: Musician’s Documentary 

Discipline: Creative Arts - Media 

Main Manipulative: iPad

Teacher: Mr. Olson

Description: In this class we will explore the art of documentary film making. By watching a series of clips students will develop specific criteria to identify the distinguishing characteristics of documentary films. Students will then use these criteria to create their own short clips in a documentary style. In the second week students will enhance their project by selecting specific media and processes to express moods, feelings, themes or ideas. Multiple Intelligence used: natural and kinesthetic. 


Theme: Music Production

Course: The Way You Move

Discipline: Language Arts

Main Manipulative: Ipad / Keyboard

Teacher: Mr. Duffy

Description: This is a Language Arts course in which students will write informative/explanatory texts to examine music’s influence on societal shift and convey information through the selection, organization, and analysis of the content they find. Students will be able to 1. introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow. 2. Develop the topic. 3.  Use appropriate transitions. 4. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary. 5. Establish and maintain a formal style. 6. Provide a concluding statement. Multiple Intelligence used: Linguistic and Logical. 


Theme: Music Production

Course: Instrumental Ideas  

Discipline: Creative Arts - Applied Arts  

Main Manipulative: Strings, Wood, Tools 

Teacher: Mr. Nava

Description: Students will create their own musical instrument through initiating new ideas and employing inventiveness and innovation. They will make knowledgeable choices about materials, techniques, and processes to implement ideas and develop the ability to describe how their choice of materials, techniques, and processes influenced the sound of their instrument. Multiple Intelligence used: spatial-visual, natural, kinesthetic, and logical. 


Tues/Fri - Nature Exploration


Theme: Nature Exploration

Course: Shape of the Forest

Discipline: Geometry - STEM 

Main Manipulative: iPad 

Teacher: Mr. Davis

Description: Studetns will learn and apply geometric techniques in their attempt to map and chart areas of the forest on school campus. Students will be able to find the area of right triangles, other triangles, special quadrilaterals, and polygons by composing into rectangles or decomposing into triangles and other shapes. Multiple Intelligence used: logical-mathematical, natural, spatial. 

 

Theme: Nature Exploration

Course: Environmental Ways

Discipline: Language Arts - Vocabulary Acquisition

Main Manipulative: Ipad

Teacher: Mr. Duffy 

Description: Students will read about how landscapes contribute to the development of a cultural and its traditions. Within these readings students will determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases. Student will be able to 1. use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase. 2. Use common, and age appropriate, Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word. 3. Consult general and specialized reference materials both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech. 


Theme: Nature Exploration

Course: Potter’s Guild

Discipline: Creative Arts - Applied Arts 

Main Manipulative: Paper Clay

Teacher: Mr. Nava

Description:  Students will use their own paper clay to make pottery based off traditions that are found in different cultures. Clay will be taken to a kiln and hardened in order to then be painted and displayed in the students cultural arts festival. Students will walk away having learned 1. skills in traditional hand building techniques of pinch, coil and slab. 2. Identify famous ceramic artists throughout history. 3. Utilize varied stain, glaze and textural surface treatments for ceramic finishing. Multiple Intelligence: Natural and Kinesthetic.