Remember at the beginning this year when we did The Dot? WHen we talked with the high schoolers and talked about making our mark on the world? Today, Ms. Klubertanz was lucky enough to Skype with the author of The Dot, Peter Reynolds! He talked about how much he was interested in making sure that all the kids are all excited and motivated. He was really excited that we had read his books and talked about his message.
Today we had Adam Sayer, City planner of Verona come in and talk to us about how to plan a city. He talked to us about how to look at a map and how to plan short and long term. He had us look at what we should thing about when planning... should a factory go next to a school? Should a park go next to a house? Do all restaurants go next to each other or do they get to be placed all around the city? It was great! Look in the photo gallery for pictures and a video of his presentation.
Today I went with a colleague to the WTI Conference in Oskosh. It was great. I was fortunate enough to attend a SMART board advanced session that reminded me of some things that I had forgotten to use in my lessons. Its great to be reminded of little things, little tricks to make our jobs easier. I look forward to trying to integrate some more of those tricks into our lessons in class.