Because I Said I Would
It was such a blessing to have Alex Sheen share his message, “Because I Said I Would”, with us on Friday! He captivated us by sharing powerful examples of what happens when promises are made and kept. He inspired us to not only think bigger, but to be more intentional in our actions to serve others. He made us laugh, cry, pause, and cheer. He then challenged us to take action! Our students will receive 10 Promise Cards and I look forward to the positive impact this will have at #NAHSCommUNITY!
We had a solid final week of the grading period, which was capped with Alex Sheen’s presentation, a Pink Out, and a celebration of our fall senior athletes, band members, and drill team members. For an overview of our week, check out the Week 10 Storify!
Intervention Specialist Mike Covey is returning to work on Monday, October 25th!
Please keep Attendance Secretary Karen Brosnan in your prayers as she mourns the loss of one of her dogs last Wednesday.
I want to publicly thank Global Language teachers and Co-Department Chairpersons Kris Fuller and Lauren Jones, Science teacher Greg Flecher, and Elementary teacher Kate Thoma for going to the What Great Educators Do Differently Conference with me last weekend! It was a nice opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, make connections with educators from 17 different states and Canada, and to learn together. Kate Thoma recently wrote a reflective blog post about her experience!
Students As Learners
I noticed a tweet Math teacher Ashley Langenderfer posted about her Honors Geometry class so I asked her to share a brief summary of the learning activity!
“Honors Geometry students in my classes completed their first quarter project on “Real Life Math” with the objective to recognize mathematical connections to the world around them and to see how different careers utilize mathematics on a daily basis. Students interviewed someone of their choice (family, neighbor, or community member) about the role math plays in their job. Some interviews conducted by students include: a chef, a Homeland Security Advisor, an engineer, a doctor, a dentist, a CFO, an architect, a business owner, an interpreter, and many more! After their interview, students reflected upon the responses and conversations to develop their own stance regarding questions related to the study of mathematics – such as, “How would you define problem-solving? Describe an instance where you needed to solve a problem in your life.” Upon completion of the interview and reflection, students created an advertisement/visual to depict the job that they learned about through the process. Students enjoyed seeing math in action outside of school. Many of them commented that they were surprised by how much math and what types of math they learned about in the process!
The course demographics consist of mostly freshmen; therefore, Honors Geometry is the first “honors math experience” for many of the students. The project was designed to help broaden their exposure to mathematics around them but also to draw a focus upon problem-solving and making connections as key components that the students can carry with them throughout the rest of their learning experience.”
Thanks to Mrs. Langenderfer for creating this Quadrant D learning experience for your students!
Monday, October 26th- First day of 2nd Grading Period; BOE Meeting at 6:30 PM Mershad Auditorium
Tuesday, October 27th- #BowtieTuesday
Wednesday, October 28th- Sophomore Meeting during House; Sophomore “Commitment to Excellence” Assembly during ACT; #ohedchat “Digital Citizenship” at 9:00 PM
Thursday, October 29th- Sophomore “Commitment to Excellence” Assembly during ACT
Monday, November 2nd- Department Chair Meeting at 3:00 PM Professional Library
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