Thought of the Week
Two weeks ago I threw out the idea of divergent thinking. I see divergent thinking as a core strategy in moving our students from acquisition to understanding. In elementary math, students learn that 4x4=16. Divergent thinking suggest that we ask students why it equals 16. A teacher could ask students to identify as many explanations as possible for why 16 is the answer. This understanding of the why is crucial to building lasting learning.
As we look at divergent thinking and strategies to support it, one area to look at is the Visible Thinking Project at Harvard. Visible thinking is an instructional approach that seeks to make learning visible in multiple ways within the classroom. Many of you may already use visible thinking strategies (called "routines") in your classroom. Visible thinking allows students to gain a greater sense of "why" and allows us, as educators, to visualize our students' learning processes.
Student Visits ABC27
Sophie Barnes toured ABC27 along with Anne Sheffer to gain a better perspective on the business of broadcast journalism. The observed the morning rundown meeting, toured the studio, and watched the midday broadcast.
Student Recognized for Outstanding Citizenship
Robert Maze was honored this week by the Daughters of the American Revolution with the Good Citizen Award. The award, given to one student per school per year, recognizes an individual for dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.
Resources of the Week
Visible Thinking Routines (Project Zero Online Resource - Harvard University)
Visible Thinking: Headline Routine (Socrative Garden)
Resources for Visible Thinking (Dr. Ron Ritchard)
Weekly Calendar (Printable Calendar)
Monday, April 18 (E Day)
SNOW MAKEUP DAY
Home Sporting Events: Varsity Baseball & Softball (4:15); Boys Lacrosse (4:15)
Tuesday, April 19 (F Day) - FLEX
Home Sporting Events: Track (3:45)
Wednesday, April 20 (A Day)
Home Sporting Events: JV Baseball & Softball (4:15); Girls Lacrosse (4:15); Boys Tennis (3:30)
Thursday, April 21 (B Day)
Home Sporting Events: NONE
Friday, April 22 (C Day) - FLEX
Home Sporting Events: Varsity Baseball & Softball (4:15)