Back after spring break and ready to tackle yet another go at the four functions of the computer. I've found a couple of dead computers, so we'll be able to salvage those for their parts. I'm using the Intel site again. It's great but you know those darn 7th graders just won't read and really interact with the site. I'm using the CPS with them again.
Today I offered, for the first time, to work with anyone who preferred be a small group instead of working individually. I was surprised by how many students took me up on my offer. Also surprised my the composition of the kids who joined me. Some of the highest performers. We took turns reading and then summarizing and discussing within our group what things meant and writing notes or drawing diagrams. I think it was very effective for those kiddos.
My only regret about this format is that I'm not able to monitor the rest of the class. I can't walk around and help the students who are working by themselves at their own computer. The room setup has always been a managment nightmare and this small group work only magnifies that....gain somewhere and lose somewhere. I may try a better balance of leaving the small group to read outloud a couple of paragraphs and I will circulate and quickly return to help them summarize. Don't know if it will work, but I will try that tomorrow.
I'm thinking two days from today may be the best day to start on the computer tear downs. They should have enough background knowledge to know what they're looking at when we take these apart and it won't just be ripping things to rip stuff. I want them to take the digital cameras and hopefully we can maybe do some kind of neat Photoshop thing-----some kind of groovy artsy photo effect of all the major components. Hopefully that would be a collage that could represent somehow the four functions??? Wondering??????
Tired and need to rest for another day.
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)