Expectations on Effort: What You Can Expect & What Is Expected From You

August 24, 2016 at 9:07 am (School Supplies) (, , , , , , , , )

Students:  Please read this with a relative, or guardian.

 As a 4th grade student, know that you will be expected to give full effort each and every minute while you are in this class.   You can expect the same from your teacher, Mr. V.  He will give you his best each day.

So what does effort mean Mr. V?  

FIRST:  In this class effort means when it comes time to complete an assignment or activity, then your full attention is on that project.  If you stay focused on your responsibilities, you will be a successful learner.  We will have many activities that are completed as partners, teams, or with Mr. V, and that’s when you’ll need to talk to each other.  There will be activities that you’ll complete by yourself, these are times when you will have to ignore someone that wants whisper or talk to you.  No matter if you work alone or with someone else, you’ll need to complete the activity on time and correctly as stated in the directions given.

SECOND: This means you will have to redo an assignment if it is not done the right way.  I know what you’re already thinking . . . UGGHH!  This will be tough for some of you, I know.  Mr. V has made (and still makes) errors all the time.  I don’t know about any of you little V’s, but when I cannot figure something out I get flushed (feel red and hot inside).  At times I feel like the world’s dumbest person, and sometimes it breaks my confidence. That’s when I know it is time to clear my head because one thing I NEVER feel like doing is quitting.  That my friends, is known as perseverance (per-sa-ver-ance).  Like Cena says, “Never Give Up”.

Sometimes we need to take a breath to clear our head, or stretch, or take a few minutes to think.  You will never be allowed to quit, Mr. V will never quit on you.  Yet instead of sulking or giving up, we’ll have to go about solving the problem another way.  This isn’t always easy, but it will be done.  Remember, Mr. V is always here to help you, but not until after you have made attempts to solving the problem yourself.

That’s one expectation, we’re going to pause for the cause and continue with more expectations in the days to come.

If you are a student or parent that visited the Meet & Greet and you have an “I wonder . . . ” moment, please leave comment below.


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Timeline Projects: Famous North Carolinians

March 21, 2016 at 8:07 pm (School Supplies) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

The long time pay off.  The kids have been researching for the past month and rehearsing their facts getting ready for the big show.  Check out the fruit of their labors.  Watch these techy timeline projects on famous North Carolinians.  These were the early birds.  The rest of the projects make their way in tomorrow.

Meet Braxton Bragg

Meet Edward Teach (Blackbeard)

Meet Kellie Pickler

Meet Andy Griffith

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The Lorax Recap

December 7, 2015 at 10:19 am (School Supplies)

The Lorax Recap.

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August 31, 2015 at 2:25 pm (School Supplies) (, , , )

Our young scientists explored animal adaptations, focusing on the advantages they provide for each animal.  This morning we read about the necks and legs of giraffes tall and short and the advantage one might play over the other.  Today we investigated how birds, insects, and fish see, and the skin of sharks.  We will further our study throughout the week targeting whale blubber and further the study on shark skin.  Enjoy the pics and thinglink on sea turtles below.

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If Only . . .

August 17, 2015 at 8:42 am (School Supplies)

Thank you Key & Peele. I never laughed and cried so hard in my life.  Opinion: America’s values are upside down.

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Squishy Circuits

June 5, 2015 at 4:48 pm (School Supplies) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Awesome activity to tie in properties of matter, measurement, and an electricity unit.  The artists, the bakers, & the circuit board makers created a play dough that also serves as a conductor as electricity.  The last pics show an illuminated led.  Didn’t have time to make the insulator batch, perhaps on Monday.  Check out squishy circuits for the recipes and activities.

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Engineering In Action

June 4, 2015 at 12:25 pm (School Supplies) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

The engineers spent yesterday building mechanical hands.  The objective, make a hand that can grasp an object.  The instruction, “Here’s your materials, build it.”  Time to combine maker spaces with thought and problem-solving skills, not so much for show me the way.  Enjoy & check out the video clips in the flickr column (titled Projects) to the right or click on the term in blue.

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Rain Garden Project

June 2, 2015 at 4:35 pm (School Supplies) (, , , , , , , , )

Finished.  From 8:00 – 9:45 we laid out Trey’s design, and got the plants in the ground.  Carolina Home & Garden delivered the compost and stone.

While the kiddos were in for specials and lunch a magical green thumb gnome transported the dirt we dug to needed areas around campus that were washed out and raked out most of the compost.  From 12:20-1:00 we shoveled the Delaware Round Stone around the perimeter. Thank you to Mrs. Tull for sitting with me to write the grant making this project come to fruition.  Thank you to the Bright Ideas Grant for choosing us as a recipient.

Thanks again to the kids and parents that came out the first time around to help us break ground, but importantly a huge shout-out to the Little V’s for making this natural filtration system.  Check out the 200+ pics below from our student camera crew.

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Cape Lookout Movenote Presentations

June 1, 2015 at 3:21 pm (School Supplies) (, , , , , , , , , , , )


As a follow up activity and something way overdue, the young minds put together a summary of their trip to Cape Lookout.  A documentary if you will.  Select a student below to hear their recap of the trip to Cape Lookout.

Brianna                           Konnor                       Hannah                             Abbi

Ainslee                             Chase                         Trey                                 Gabby

Austin                               Aiden                          Sophia                         Saylor

Rylie                                 Tyler                          Caleb                                 Jonathan

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Before We Dominate The End of Grade Exam

May 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm (School Supplies) (, , , , , , , )

The followers of this blog and the world in general need to know of the pleasant people that I have been fortunate enough to share the past 170+ days with.  In this realm is a mix of tender hearts, bright hungry minds, talent, and humor.  We have created a family atmosphere, and yes like all families we have disagreements or disappointments, but only because we care for one another and want each other to be the best we each can possibly be.  Our group consists of those that encourage others to make their goals, and congratulate them when achieved or pep them up when falling short.  We fail in here, and we get back up and go again.  These people I work with do not quit.  They don’t quit because I won’t allow it, nor will they allow themselves to give less than what they are capable.  This group has bought in to our thinking that I will be better today than yesterday and because of this, I am a success.  We improve.  We are not perfect, but we do improve.  Each day I come to a place that will be filled with eye opening moments and hugs.  Roll your eyes, but a hug is a powerful thing.

Next week we will face the one time a year that many dread.  The parents of these little people should know that we have prepped for this moment since the beginning and gone into a heavy training camp the past three weeks.  They have taken on more and more each day, solving problems that can only be justified by a test creator or data manager.  Next week the moment will arrive, and these wonderful faces with futures as bright as they wish to make them will be judged and looked at as a number to the number crunchers, not ever knowing who these little ones truly are or what they are capable of becoming.  Perhaps not even knowing what it is or means to work with people, to learn with them as well as from them.  They will not see the art created or the hear the discussions about our environment and their plans to fix these problems.  They weren’t around during experiments to find out how and why things work, nor when the group formed a class government and elected a leader to develop class laws.  All so many to list, yet . .  no, they will only be rated as a number.  Subsequently, that is also how they will see me and countless others in this career.  It worries me that praise, money, and criticism is being thrown to students, faculty, and schools based on this.  The fear lies within putting a price tag on a child and their education.  The fear also lies in knowing that for every under performing student, a prison cell is being designed.  This is not a joke.  The state looks at the data to prepare for the future.  More so, I fear of the patience and ethics of what has seemed to already transpire in Georgia, where teachers are now facing twenty years in prison because of false test scores in order for the school system to receive funding.  Sorry I began to rant, yet there is much wrong with this.

The mindset in here has been to dominate.  That is our word most frequently used when faced with a task.  We’re going to dominate it.  These young minds will dominate the exam, in one area or both.  Regardless on the outcomes of next week, I am proud to have been part (small as it might be) of these little people’s lives.  When they become adults what will they remember most?  A test score?  I recall two kinds of people:  those that were helpful, and those that were hurtful.  This has been my family away from family.  I take their success and hardships with me when I leave the building.  There isn’t an on and off switch.  If there were, I would have slept like a baby all year.  This year has been productive, everyone has grown as a learner, but more importantly as a person.  I had a group that welcomed a challenge.  Fear of failing was put to the side and this allowed learning to come to the forefront.  Anyone that has had everything come to them easily will be the first to quit when faced with strive.  Thinking is not a multiple choice question.  Figuring things out is a challenge.  Once learning “how to” the individual is rewarded with self accomplishment.  The moment of, “I can” is established.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is what I have the privilege of witnessing daily, and the best part of it is that it isn’t the same face experiencing that moment.  Thank you to the parents and guardians raising these little people, and thank you for supporting me and putting trust in me with your most valuable possession.  I know it isn’t always easy, maybe never for some, but I thank you all the same.  The followers of this blog and the world alike should know that the future holds promise.  The people in here will grow to become people of purpose.

Stay tuned in for actual learning and thinking that will take place after we bypass the following week.

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