This Week’s News

The class is back in full swing after the winter break, but the students seemed to enjoy their time off, and several spoke of making excellent headway on their current long-term project, the free choice research report and three-dimensional project. Instructions for this project were distributed well before the vacation and were discussed in detail, and much of the information is also available on the class website. The entire free choice report and three-dimensional project is due on Wednesday, January 24.

Before the winter break, each student submitted five paragraphs of the report to demonstrate the research conducted at that stage of the assignment. Much of the work for this project will be completed at home, including the editing.  The weekly homework load has been reduced to allow for this research work to occur. It is extremely important for every student to continue to work steadily daily on the components of the report and project so that every person does his or her very best job, learning to research and about the chosen topic.  Besides doing good research, putting it into one’s own words in a report, and learning new things to share with the class, it is critical that each student follows the directions and includes every component necessary in the final report.  Students, continue to pace yourselves so that you are able to meet all deadlines with ease.

Lastly, as part of our study of ancient Egypt, students will learn the steps of mummification and the mummification process used during ancient Egyptian times.  Students will do this in part, by simulating the process to mummify a teddy bear.  For this project, every student needs to bring in a teddy bear and a shoe box by the end of January. The teddy bear should not be a cherished item having sentimental value, but rather should be a bear that can be mummified during our study of ancient Egypt.  Good sources of inexpensive teddy bears are garage sales, dollar stores, and thrift stores.  I have been told that shoe boxes may be obtained from many of the local shoe stores.  When choosing a shoe box, please be certain that the teddy bear will fit inside easily, as this box will become the bear’s sarcophagus.  Remember, once your “bearoh” has been wrapped in linen cloth, the “bearoh” will be larger than before the mummification process.  For this project, we also need donations of these supplies: cinnamon (three or four large Costco-size containers) and linen (or any other white or cream-colored cloth, including old sheets; we will need tons of this). If you can donate either of these items, please send them to school at your earliest convenience.  Thank you in advance.

CPM Tip of the Week for Parents

Week 17

Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset. Can everyone learn math or are some people “just good at it”? Recent research shows that a student with a Growth Mindset is a flexible learner. Even students who don’t appear to have strong skills in an area can become very proficient if they can develop a Growth Mindset towards a topic. A student with a Growth Mindset (GM) will take on challenges, learn from mistakes, accept feedback and criticism, practice and apply strategies to accomplish goals, persevere, ask questions and take risks. As a result, they reach ever-higher levels of achievement. A student with a Fixed Mindset (FM) won’t. The FM learner thinks that our character, intelligence and creative ability can’t be changed in any meaningful way. As a result,
the FM learner may plateau early and achieve less than their full potential. There is a Mixed Mindset where a student is working from a Fixed Mindset to a Growth Mindset. Observe your child to see what mindset characteristics he or she exhibits. For more information about this go to MindsetWorks. Carol Dweck says that we are in charge of our own growth. We can change our mindset and reach our potential. Another source of information about Growth Mindset can be found at Carol Dweck’s Mindset site.

For Students:

Make Connections

Math is always building; many of the concepts can be combined to solve a problem.  Think about how concepts are related and think about your previous knowledge as you attack any math problem.  Each new thought makes a neural connection in your brain.  Watch the first 41 seconds of this video:

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