HUGE Thanks!

It’s been nearly a week since the Odyssey of the Mind regional competition took place and I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to celebrate our top finishers and thank, well, just about everybody! First and foremost, kudos to the coaches.  TJ students were fortunate to have a long list of individuals…

Hey! This is Awesome!

Just looking at the Continental Math League site this morning and came upon a listing of the top ten third grade teams in Virginia.  Go TJ! Learning Fun School VA 3 72 Smita Classes VA 3 71 Colvin Run Elementary School VA 3 68 Kent Gardens Elementary VA 3 67 Thomas Jefferson Elementary School VA…

Word Masters Update

The second Word Masters Challenge of the year is now complete.  I’ve just placed individual score sheets in the teachers’ mailboxes, so they’re likely to be in this week’s Friday Folder.  Keep an eye out! You may recall that the team score is made up of the top ten scores from each team.  The third…

Continental Math League Results

The second Continental Math League contest of the season is now complete.  Out of a possible six points, the third graders’ scores ranged from 3 – 6.  The average score earned was 4.6 points.  Four students received perfect scores for their efforts.  Congratulations to Sasha Courtney, Alexandra Larson, Jane Riblett, and Lucas Zambito!   The…

A World of Fun!

Quick!  Can you name a country bordered by Ukraine and Croatia?  Do you know the name of the channel into which the Zambezi River empties?  Are you familiar with the location where the Blue Nile and White Nile Rivers meet?  Well, a group of impressive TJ 4th and 5th graders were able to answers questions…

A Simple Equation

It’s pretty straightforward really – TJ Kids + Any Competition = Success.  That’s certainly true with the most recent Math Olympiad contest, and it’s absolutely the case with the Word Masters Challenge. On the December Math Olympiad challenge, two fourth graders earned perfect scores of five.  Congratulations to Duke Crespin and John Steyn!  The fifth…

Summer’s Only 182 Days Away!

It’s never too early to start getting your summer plans in place.  And if your child is in fourth or fifth grade, one possibility for summer plans might include the University of Virginia Curry School of Education Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). SEP offers three 12 day sessions chock full of fun, learning, and friendship.  Students…

The Great Memory Challenge

Fifth grade ACE Level 2 English students recently participated in The Great Memory Challenge.  The goal?  Try to memorize one of the following:  all of the presidents, the elements on the periodic table, digits of pi, or a shuffled deck of cards.  Why on earth would they be asked to use their time memorizing meaningless…

Word Masters Challenge Results

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the Word Masters Challenge.  Being a part of this program requires effort above and beyond the typical requirements of the school week, and it’s evident every time I meet with the kids that they are learning and using the challenge words.  NONE of this would be…

A Few Words on Math

A primary tenet of teaching mathematically gifted students is that they must be provided ample opportunity to grapple with complex, thought provoking problems for it is problem solving which forces the students into creating complex webs of understanding of mathematical concepts.  The students’ mental webs of ideas grow more complex as they think deeply, make connections,…