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…

Is Your Friday Night Devoid of Plans?

Then consider tuning into the National Geographic Geography Bee Finals where a national champion will be crowned! Mo Rocca will serve as the host for the annual competition, which will be aired on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD starting at 8:00 pm.

Boxes, Bridges, and Words, Words, Words!

ACE Level 2 students have been busy as can be these past few weeks! BOXES:  Third grade math students have been creating boxes as a culmination to their spatial reasoning unit.  After looking at the nets of a variety of three dimensional shapes, the kids set forth to create their own nets.  Each net had…

PBS Kids: A Writing Contest!

I just learned about this opportunity, so the deadline is practically here, but I know lots of ACE kids who love to write and might have something they’d like to enter into the PBS KIDS Writers Contest! WHRO invites Kindergarten through 5th grade students to create a great story, illustrate it and enter it in…

A Note of Thanks

Over the past few weeks my life has amped up because of my role on the Odyssey of the Mind Board of Directors and my part in running a Math Kangaroo center.  As hectic as things have been, nothing could have been accomplished without the help and support of parents and staff. First of all,…

William & Mary Summer Enrichment

During the summer, the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary offers a series of classes for highly capable children called the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP). SEP is a challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. The program offers courses in science, math, humanities and the arts for children in grades…

Winner, Winner!

The Continental Math League testing at 4th and 5th grade is now complete. Throughout the year, close to 200 students in fourth and fifth grade chose to participate in the Continental Math League and a whopping 61 of those students earned a perfect score at some point throughout the year!  Here’s a listing of those students:…

A Visual Journey

So just what does a week in the ACE resource room look like? Sometimes it looks like Word Masters Challenge practice using these handy bridges… Sometimes it looks like hunkering down to solve a Quick Think problem on divisibility… Sometimes it looks like planning for a video about the rain forest… Sometimes it looks like…

Small Group ACE Update

3rd grade Level 2 ACE Math students have moved on from the unit on logical thinking and are now tackling tasks requiring spatial reasoning.  We’ve already tried our hands at Slitherlinks (tricky little puzzles requiring a great big amount of forethought!) and played the game Bloxorz (a big hit – find it at http://www.mathplayground.com) and…

Geography Bee Update

Wow!  TJ students rocked the semi-final round of the National Geographic Geography Bee once again!  It’s true!  Not one, not two, but eight fourth and fifth graders made it through seven rounds  in the classroom without missing a single question! Congratulations to fifth graders Jack Ackerman, Nils Andersson, and Ketevan Gallagher, and fourth graders Grace Kummer, Lucy Hladky,…

Geography Bee Next Week

On Thursday, January 12th, TJ’s 4th and 5th grade students will have an opportunity to participate in the National Geographic Bee, a nationwide geography contest for schools. There are three levels of competition:  school, state, and national. The school level of competition begins during the week of January 12th  with the classroom level competitions.  Each teacher…