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October 31, 2018

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Teachers Using Breakouts!

More classes are realizing the power of escape games to cultivate critical thinking skills in students. Matthew Farber, EdD, says this about Breakout Games, "Breakout games, which center on the idea of try-and-fail attempts to break locks, are the digital embodiment of the growth mindset, which allows that we can learn from our foibles. This means talking to students about the importance of playing a game not just to win, but to be in a playful place, to learn from your mistakes.”


Why not try a Breakout or Escape game in November?

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Sarah O'Risky's Grade 1

Kelly Jones and her Kindergarteners

Even kindergarteners can enjoy a good Breakout activity. Kelly's group broke out with minutes left on the clock!
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Kelly's Kindergarteners

Ann Wilder's Second Grade Students

Ann's students competed in the great candy sweep by programming Dash robots to move, speak, turn and return.

Ask Ann about coding and Dash robots.

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Mt. Vernon Junior High Teachers

These MVJHS teachers are using creativity and critical thinking to design project-based activities for quarter 2.

Speaking of creative classrooms, A.J.Juliani and John Spencer say this, "Their creativity will help students navigate new technologies, new problems, and new environments. Their creativity gives them the tool set to succeed in a world where there is no proven path and no guarantee that anything will stay the same."

Look below for resources they are using.

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Karen Burke's Class

Karen Burke's 7th-grade science students have been investigating Newton's Three Laws of Motion during October. Bottle rockets are excellent devices for demonstrating these laws outside! Students took turns using a hand bicycle pump to fill a plastic bottle rocket with compressed air. When the stopper is forced out of the bottleneck, air and water escape the bottle. The action force of the air and water as they rush out of the bottle create an equal and opposite reaction force propelling the rocket upward thus creating a spectacular visual of Newton's Third Law of Motion. Officer Gonzalez stopped to watch students launch the rocket and listen to the discussion of Newton's Laws during his rounds at the Junior High. He took a few turns launching the rocket for the students to watch and this perfectly timed photo by Krista Fisher caught one of his impressive launches!
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Farmersville and West PUMPKINS

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