Friday, February 6, 2015

Deep Thinking Friday

Two videos to blow your mind...

Why There Are 360 Degrees In A Circle by 9pops

You Can't Touch Anything by VSauce

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Fiddler Costumes

Here are some pictures to help you envision the costume suggestions handed out in rehearsal for Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.  Ask Mrs. Edlin if you have any questions!  Costumes need to be at school on Friday, February 20.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quarter 2 Self-Evaluation

Please send Mrs. Edlin an e-mail with answers to the following questions (answer in complete sentences, self-editing to submit your best work):

1.  How many books did you read this quarter (November 1-January 22)?  Did you make your goal?  Explain why or why not.

2.  List the books you read this quarter.

3.  Is your Goodreads account updated?  Make sure you've labeled every book with the 2015 school year and with the book's genre.

4.  What went well with your reading contract this quarter?

5.  How can you improve your reading contract next quarter?

6.  Do you have any questions or concerns about other GOAL assignments?  Explain.

7.  Is there anything Mrs. Edlin can do to help you be more successful in GOAL?  Explain.

We're halfway done with the school year, folks!  Let's make the last half GREAT!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

8th GOAL: To Kill a Mockingbird

You've heard the book, and now you've finished the movie.  It's time to reflect.

Write a blog post about the following:

* What does this story mean to you?  What are your thoughts and impressions and questions after finishing it?

* Who is(are) your favorite character(s)?  Why?

* Compare the movie to the book.  Talk about similarities and differences, which you liked better, and why.

* Discuss the lessons of the book.  Why are these lessons still important, over 50 years after the book was published?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Graduate Research Project PowerPoint

The following VoiceThread explains my graduate research project on Sustained Silent Reading.

Please click this link to view.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

6th Grade GOAL Models & Design Unit

For your final assessment for the models & design unit, please write a blog post addressing the following items.  Answer the questions completely so the readers will know what the question was even though you are not recopying it.
  1. Put in the picture I sent you by e-mail.  If you were gone when I sent them, search for an appropriate picture on Creative Commons (an online database on Mrs. Lantz's website).  Experiment to discover how this is done.  Google a tutorial, or consult Blogger help if you're still not sure.
  2. In science, what is a black box?  Explain in detail.
  3. What does consensus mean?  How did your group reach a consensus either in black boxes or Humdingers?
  4. What is the difference between conceptual and physical models?  Explain.
  5. How did your physical model of the Humdinger change over time?  What was the best part of your physical model?  What part needed the most improvement?
  6. How does having a growth mindset help in a unit like models & design?
  7. If you could change anything about this unit to improve it for next year, what would you suggest?
When you have competed your blog post, you may read for your independent reading contract for the rest of the period.  Have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

End of Quarter Self-Evaluation Post

Can you believe it's the end of the first quarter?  Time to reflect on the work you've done so far.

Create a blog post to answer the following questions.  Read carefully to make sure you've included all parts of the question in your answer.  Write your answers in paragraph form, rephrasing the questions so your audience knows what you mean.  Be careful, and watch for spelling/grammar mistakes.

1.  Update your Goodreads account if you haven't done so.  Did you make your goal for independent reading this quarter?  Why or why not?

2.  Out of the books you read this quarter, which was the best?  Why?

3.  Look at the genres you've read this quarter.  Which genres have you read more than others?  Why?

4.  Set a goal for your reading for the second quarter.  Include how many books you'd like to read as well as a goal that includes something about a genre you haven't read yet.

5.  Go to the read aloud wiki.  Look at the posts you've made about the read aloud book so far.  Include the link to the post you'd consider to be your best, according to my expectations.  What makes this post better than your others?

6.  Did you make your goal with the wiki of a minimum of 2 posts and 6 replies for a B?  Why or why not?  How can you improve with discussing on the wiki in the future?  Set a goal for yourself.

7.  Do you think you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?  Explain.  What can you do during the second quarter to improve your growth mindset?

8.  Do you have any suggestions for how I can improve the class and/or your learning experience for the second quarter?  Explain.

9.  What went well during your first quarter of the school year, both in general and in GOAL?  What were your successes?  What were your challenges?  What do you want to improve for the second quarter?  Be specific with your goals.

10.  If you have any concerns that you'd like to discuss privately, please e-mail me at  When you're done with everything, you may work on independent projects (7th & 8th grade GOAL), or you may go to any site in the Idleness Prevention Society (6th grade GOAL) found in the margin of this blog.

Great first quarter, everyone.  I can't wait to see what you will accomplish during the second quarter!