Summer Opportunity

Each summer the University of Virginia Curry School of Education hosts a highly successful Summer Enrichment Program for gifted and high-ability children rising into fifth through tenth grades. There are three twelve day sessions being planned for June and July.  Students live on-grounds at UVa while taking classes in such diverse topics as finance, inventions,…

Anatomy of a Breakout

Creating a breakout puzzle all starts with an idea.  In my case, I wanted a bit of vocabulary review.  Before the kids enter the room two things need to be created – a set of clues and a locked box hiding a prize inside.  If all goes well, the kids will be able to use…

The Best Things I’ve Heard All Week

Thing 1:  Apparently two ACE kids convinced the day care counselors to stop asking kids to “form a line”.  Now the students are asked to “form a line segment”.  Hooray for mathematical accuracy and those of all ages who advocate for it! Thing 2:  When the 5th graders learned the topic for this year’s claymation…

A Word on Flooding

Coming in to a flooded classroom this morning wasn’t my idea of fun, but classroom flooding is the only bad sort of flooding I’ve faced lately.  In fact, most of my flooding has fallen in the good to amazing range.  Read on, and you’ll understand what I mean. We had a flood of incredible scores…

A Tale of Six Hashtags

My desk.  On a good day it’s messy.  On a bad day…ugh.  The picture above captures my desk on a pretty good day, so I thought I’d snap a picture and give you a tour! 1. The National Geographic Geography Bee will be coming to a 4th or 5th grade classroom near you soon! In…

Math Kangaroo

The 21st Math Kangaroo Day will take place on the evening of Thursday, March 15th. Participating students will be given 75 minutes to complete a multiple choice test composed of 24 questions (grades 2-4) or 30 questions (grade 5).  Most of the questions are word problems which have been chosen by The International Math Kangaroo Comittee. The…

He Said, She Said

If someone would pay me to sit at my desk all day and just listen to the ACE kids, I’d happily accept that offer!  I love their vocabulary, I love their wit, I love their observations.  I even love their sarcasm.  (Shhh!  Don’t tell!)  To give you an idea of what it’s like, I’ve been…

The Most Interesting Things in My Room

One piece of my job is to seek out things that get the kids talking or laughing or generally wanting to try something new.  So my little space here at TJ is always filled with a lot of stuff.  And since you can’t always be in here with your kids, I thought I’d take a…

Tiger Pause Classes Roar Into Action!

Tiger Pause classes recently started for all of the ACE students and loads of creative and enriching things have been happening all around the building! Third Grade ACE students will spend the coming weeks figuring out the lay of the land on Mystery Island, where they recently found themselves shipwrecked.  The students will be locating bodies of…

Time Flies

It’s true what they say…time really does fly when you’re having fun!  The year has gotten off to its usual hectic, fun paced, exciting self.  Here’s a quick look at what’s been happening on the ACE front. First, I’ve been reviewing the files of new students to see who might be a potentially good fit…

He Thinks, Therefore He Wins!

Every year I send out a notification about the Philosophy Slam for Kids.  The rules are shared, the challenge is posted, interested students prepare their responses.  Every year I gather all the student entries, write out an entry fee check, and drop an envelope chock full of children’s essays, drawings, poems and thoughts into the…

Level 2 Updates

In between kids taking the SOL tests and my administering the SOL tests to small groups, I’m actually finding the time to meet with some of the ACE Level 2 groups. Fifth graders in my Level 2 English groups have at last made it to the portion of the claymation unit where they are filming…