November 29

New Meeting Room

Our goal is to eliminate the long line in the lunch room every day, and streamline the whole overall lunch experience in the school.

Our idea is to separate the one hour lunch period into two half hour periods, one for lunch and one for recess. Half of the students would go to to lunch first, and half would go to recess. There would be two lunch options available to all students. The students parents will buy the meal for the students the week before the lunch period. There would be two lines for the two different meals, with a picture of the meal being served in front of the line. The lines would operate on a rotating system, where the student first in the lunch line one day would be last in the line the next day.

 

My prototype is a wristband that creates a more practical line system for the kids in the lunchroom. When the parents order the food for the kid through the app, they insert a colored card with a picture of the kids’ food for the day into the bracelet. During the lunch period, the kids go into lines based on color of their wristband so that the lines go quicker and the system is more efficient.

 

My prototype is a bracelet with a clear slot to slip in a the bracelet. The kids would pick numbers out of a hat and slip them into the bracelet to determine their spots in line. This would help equalize and streamline the lines in the cafeteria

 

My prototype is a simple menu which shows the meal of the day. There is both a picture and a description of the meal and children can choose whether or not they want to bring lunch that day. The menu can be found online and in the cafeteria.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CXenkW-yuEubozgkkq1p0j5ESJuYNEIp/view?usp=sharing

November 29

Old Meeting Room

Hi guys! Great job! We really liked your idea about the bigger font and the pictures for the younger kids. You guys did a really good job finding out who to design for, and what the main issue is. If you watch the video we made, we had some similar ideas. Because you guys are practicing how to be real life entrepreneurs and designers, the next step is to redesign your problem. Feel free to use inspiration from our designs and try to make them even better. Great job guys!

November 21

Thinking About Prototyping

Hi High School buddies! How’s the project going? Have you made any prototypes yet? We sketched out our ideas for possible solutions in the Edgewood spaces. You can take a look at our drawings in this folder. We are going to try to make prototypes soon. We’re thinking of making our models out of cardstock or using Tinkercad to design 3D models. We’re looking forward to seeing your ideas. Good luck with your work!

January 3

Have you noticed how big the moon is right now?

I have noticed the moon for several nights; it is so big and so bright.  When you lie in bed at night, it looks like someone has switched on a light outside.  As I drove to work early this morning, I could still see the moon and it was huge and round.  I can’t remember seeing it look so big. ‘“Supermoons” happen when a full Moon is closest to the Earth, appearing bigger and brighter than normal.’ – CBBC, January 3rd 2018.

Have you heard the saying, “Once in a blue moon”?  I just found out what it means – it means you have a supermoon twice in one month.  The second supermoon of the month is called the blue moon.  It doesn’t happen often, which is what the saying means.  This month however we’re going to have a Super Bluemoon  which is a supermoon and a bluemoon.  Wow!

 

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).

April 5

Perseverance

Perseverance is an important character trait. It means having enough self control and drive to keep trying; without it we would give up too easily and not grow to reach our potential. It is not easy to persevere when things are difficult – perhaps your school work is difficult, or a friendship you’re trying to maintain is difficult, or you want to do a particular activity but it’s difficult. There are lots of things in our lives that are hard and having perseverance means you accept that it’s hard but you keep on trying.

 

April 4

Writing Poetry

Recently we have been writing poetry.  We considered thoughtful descriptions, figurative language, line breaks and punctuation.  It has been fun sharing our poems; listening to each others’ has inspired even more poems to be written.  

Tree

Standing tall
dark green
dappled
with deep shadow.
Glimpses of sunlit boughs
as the wind
stirs your branches;
tickling your leaves
you tremble with great majesty.

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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 9

Building Empathy

Empathy means you can truly understand how someone feels.  It doesn’t mean sympathy – where you feel sorry for someone.  When you feel empathy, it can be hard because you share the feelings of that other person.  If they’re unhappy, you know what it feels like.  However, if they’re happy, you also know how that feels.

Last week a large group of teachers, and high school students, worked together to brainstorm ways to help students in school learn empathy.  In my group, we had lots of ideas which we put together under three categories: Open Communication, Relationship Building and Ownership.  We felt that if you had the first two categories, it would lead to Ownership.

Building empathy in schools will help students to be more successful because in life, we all have to relate to other people.  If you understand how someone feels, you are more likely to be able to resolve difficulties without them growing worse.  Open communication means you can feel that you can express yourself and someone will listen; it means they can speak to you and you will listen.  If someone tells you calmly how they feel, it is much less antagonistic than if they yell at you because you’ve accidentally upset them.  You listen to each other and you respect each others’ feelings.  Relationship Building makes everyone feel valued.  It helps you to understand that no-one is perfect, we all have strengths and flaws and we should share our differences as well as our similarities.  Students and teachers should feel equally comfortable with each other and respect and trust each other.  If these first two categories are in place, then students will feel a sense of Ownership – this means they will feel in charge of their own learning.  I believe that when students feel this, they are motivated and more likely to push themselves to succeed.  They won’t be scared to ask for support or to ask questions.  They will understand why learning will help them and they will have more choices in what they learn and how they learn.