Discovery and Discussion
Marbles, Mayhem and More
We are looking forward to our marble challenge, and are inspired by all that can be done with the use of imagination and determination. The Wintergatan Marble Machine had quite an impression on us. See what you think:
We can't wait to start building our own marble machines.
Students at Lincoln School have been learning about speaking styles. A humorous video exemplified uptalk and its inappropriateness in a TED Talk. Students considered ways to lure their audiences through their speaking voice.
Washington School's TED-Ed Clubs analyzed the types of visuals which would best accompany their Talks. They have learned that "less is more, " as we don't want dazzling transitions or a flurry of images to distract from the important messages students bring.
Breaking Sicomac TED-Ed News
Fourth and Fifth Grade Discovery Classes
Discovery students learned new ways to used advanced tools to refine their Google searches as they complete their research. These included finding articles written within the last 24 hours and locating images that will complement chosen theme colors. We've discussed possible modes of presentation to enable creative sharing of investigations. Students should be completing their research and transitioning to planning their end products.
The Inquiry Fair is Coming!
Our Inquiry Fair, highlighting the achievements of Discovery Programming students, will be held on June 1, 2016 at the Wyckoff Public Library. More details will follow. We are looking for parents, staff, and other community members to serve on various committees, including technology, preparation, keynote speaker and refreshments. Please let me know as soon as possible if you would be interested in helping. Thank you!
Interesting Links for Parents:
The Educational Forum
Saturday, March 19th, 9:15am-4pm
230 Mendham Road
3rd Annual Gifted Resources Seminar & The Importance of Gifted Education
Wednesday, March 30th, 6:30-8:30pm
Edison Intermediate School Auditorium, 800 Rahway Avenue, Westfield, NJ
The free seminar seeks to provide a wide range of information and enrichment opportunities to the community about a variety of programs designed for different ages and interests. Each program has different qualification criteria and objectives.
Peak Consulting LLC
Author of “Bringing Up Bright Kids: Friendship and Social Skills”
PLUS Representatives From:
Summer Institute of the Gifted (SIG)
Johns Hopkins CTY, Stanford Online High School
HEROES Academy for the Gifted
Montclair State University's Gifted & Talented Program / Hi-Jump at MSU,
Rutgers Summer Scholars Program
New Jersey Association for Gifted Children
Robot Revolution & Westfield Debate
June Sklar Weissman
Director, Summer Institute for the Gifted
The Hudson School
Hoboken, New Jersey