December 4

Floating Trash

Every year humans discard their trash which winds up in waterways around the world. Here is a video on one such “floating trash island” in the Caribbean Sea. What else can we learn about floating trash islands? Take a few moments to help the class crowdsource Internet resources to understand this “water catastrophe” (according to Evie).

March 17

Why We Give

Sometimes when we give to others, we receive even more in return. Watch this video. Try not to cry, then think of a time when you did a good deed or made a sacrifice for the benefit of someone else. Briefly write about this time. Try not to cry.

March 6

Making Mochi

Mochi is a Japanese delicacy made with a special grain of rice. It takes a highly skilled person to make mochi. This video introduces the audience to the traditional art and craft of making mochi. Watch as the master explains his lightning quick techniques for turning rice into a classic Japanese treat. After watching, use the Reply space below to answer this: How do you think someone becomes a master or an expert at anything?

February 2

Thoughts on Room 18

We have been thinking a lot lately about how to redesign the classroom for the needs of today’s learners. We looked at the new room concepts that were recommended by the Scarsdale High School architecture studentsThen we commented on themThe question we have to ask ourselves is what type of room environment will help us best with our learning? What changes can we make right away to Room 18 that you think will make the biggest difference for you as a learner (such as adding a type of furniture, writing surfaces, making learning nooks, etc)?