STEM Gender Gap v.2

Hamlin girls are learning with, playing, and creating with tech companies around the Bay Area today!

Learn what the #STEMGenderGap field trips are all about.


Thanks to all of our community partners in this innovative endeavor!

Where Hamlin students are visiting today...

Where Hamlin students are visiting today…

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Reevaluating Intelligences

“We are all so different largely because we all have different combinations of intelligences. If we recognize this, I think we will have at least a better chance of dealing appropriately with many problems that we face in the world. ”
 ~ Howard Gardner

This video was posted on a friends FaceBook last night and will serve as a wonderful place for us to connect with during our WiredWednesday (or any other time!) discussion.  He posted saying that it was essential viewing for all educators:

 

Which of Gardners intelligences do you see being more/less important in the next two years?  what about the next 10 or 20?  Does this effect what you do (or should do) in your classroom?  How?

4th Grade Bloggers

“Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.”

Aristotle

Today one of our fourth grade classes entered into the Blogosphere.  The teacher was a little hesitant but i am extremely proud of her bravery.  Luckily she is supported not just by her technology facilitators and me but also by a great group of teachers from all over the world – her classes BlogPals.  This is something that Kim Cofino invited us to from Thailand; we had one teacher leap onboard initially but I am sure we will have many more classes involved in projects like this as this takes off.  Kim’s blog is full of resources on blogging at the elementary level and this post is a great starting point for anyone helping a new elementary class to enter the world of blogging.

Blogging has been at the forefront of my mind recently as i finalize a presentation that i will be giving in San Jose, Costa Rica next week.  In reflection, I proposed the project to the Tri-Association more than two years ago now and the difference in the world of educational blogging between then and now is nothing short of phenomenal.  I don’t know what i would have said two years ago but it sure would have been a great deal different then what i will be saying next week (more on that a little later).

What do Alaskans, Thais and Dominicans have in common?

Friends have all things in common.
– Plato
What do Dominican 4th grade students have in common with 4th grade students in Kodiak, Alaska?
It isn’t a joke, its a question and good one too.  We will be investigating this throughout the year as we add friends in Kodiak to our blogpals.
From Bangkok to Kodiak and back to Santo Domingo the opportunities that blogging makes available to our students are truly endless.  Our four fourth grade teachers are lucky to be teamed up with BlogSuperStar Kim Cofino and some fantastic new teachers in Alaska – all of us are pushing our comfort zones and growing because of it!
– more on this next week- after some soul cleansing (read:kitesurfing) this weekend

Art & Sports in Education…

Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite — getting something down.
– Julia Cameron

These two posts were so good i wanted you to take a look at them. I am thankful that my education was enriched by both art and sport. I value the fact that i work in a school that recognizes the need for both.

from Dennis Harter at ISB:

Sport
Arts

Junot Diaz, Pulitzers, Heart Care Dominicana & Construction…

“In some ways I think that this book waited for me to become a better person before it wrote itself”
– Junot Diaz on The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

It isn’t everyday you get the opportunity to meet a Pulitzer prize winner, it also isn’t everyday that he comes to do a workshop at your school. This novel was bounced around in Junot Diaz’s head for more then a decade and last night the jurors confirmed what anyone who has read the novel already knew – that the time spent polishing and perfecting was all for the betterment of the readers’ experience. A couple of months ago we reached an agreement with Junot Diaz to come as our artist in residence. Last night he was awarded the Pulitzer for Fiction. What an opportunity for the students! Something tells me the students who get to work closely with Junot will have the opportunity to learn about patience, revision and not settling for anything but their absolute best. Pending approval from Mr. Diaz we will look to broadcast some of his time on Ustream and on CMS Radio so stay tuned – i will put more details up here. (New York Times article, Slate interview).
On a personal note not only am i happy to see this award going to a Dominican but also my book club read this book in December and the discussion was one of the best that we have had.  When i asked one of the more well read members of the group to comment (for this blog) on the committee’s selection of Oscar, he responded with this:

The choice of Oscar Wao for the Pulitzer for fiction evinces a sensitivity for the peculiar by the Pulitzer nominating committee at Columbia (they chose Middlesex, too!). Oscar’s skewed narrative structure, delightfully esoteric pop-culture references, and hipper-than-thou wordplay cast it as a somewhat unlikely recipient for what will now assuredly be even wider appeal than it has achieved up to this point. The book’s increasing success is a great endorsement of the level of literary appreciation in the states right now. 

If you have yet to read it, go out and get it.

As for this week we have kicked off Heart Care Dominicana week. Last year we raised just less then 300,000 pesos this year we have a school-wide goal of 320,000 enough to provide 4 lifesaving surgeries to children in need. Our high school students have a wonderful service based relationship volunteering at the hospital but this annual even literally saves lives and is the stuff that makes a school community proud of its students. This student created video was shown at the launch assembly yesterday:

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follow our progress through this page on our HighSchool Wiki

Wow lots going on here…and all the while construction of our new media center continues:


April 7, 2008

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