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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 5- Writing and Reflection

Feb. 28, 2017—Our fifth day of SAVY was full of creativity, insightful analyses, and dynamic conversations on the uses of diction and pathetic fallacy in poetry and prose. We began by reviewing literary techniques we covered in our past SAVY classes. Together, we defined “synesthesia,” “cliché,” “ekphrastic poetry,” “imagery,” “sensory language,” “concrete language,” “abstract language,” “pathetic fallacy,”...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 5- Robotic Programming

Feb. 28, 2017—Greetings! The kids worked really hard today!  Today was all about them, what they would like to create, and how to achieve that.  We started with a meeting in which they learned about how many degrees were in a circle, and how to write code to make their Spheros go in the directions that they...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 5- Awesome Algebra

Feb. 28, 2017—Our hands-on equations program is really helping students to solve equations that have both constants and variables on both sides of the equation. After today’s lesson, students are able to solve equations like 2x + 4 = x + 7  or 5x +1 = 4x + 6 to get both an x and a check. That...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 5- Environmental Explorations: Dig It!

Feb. 28, 2017—Dear Parents: We began our day reviewing the concept of change (change is everywhere, change relates to time, change can be natural or manmade, and change can be random or predictable), as well as recalling the concept of soil (components of soil, layers of soil, erosion), natural resources (renewable and nonrenewable), and the problem on...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 5- Discovering the Third Dimension

Feb. 28, 2017—Each week the geometry discoveries just keep growing! Math language has become a common part of our communication throughout class. Your scholars are able to collaborate and share ideas, respectfully listen to others, and apply prior knowledge to new concepts. The connections and learning are a joy to watch! This week, we explored the sturdy...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 4- No Quick Fix

Feb. 21, 2017—Wow, we’re already past the halfway mark and my class is making great progress towards understanding their own body systems and keeping them healthy. This past week, we focused on understanding and comparing two factors that influence disease: genetics and our environment. We started off this class with a quick exercise making my students decide...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 4- Designing Shakespeare

Feb. 20, 2017—Team Designing Shakespeare: How wonderful to be back with you for the full class session! I missed our lively discussions, and the enthusiasm with which you encounter each new revelation in Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST. We covered a lot today, and I continue to be impressed with your inventiveness and your discoveries.  Your designs are becoming...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 4- Chromatography 101

Feb. 20, 2017—At the conclusion of last week’s class, I had asked the students to describe some of the challenges of performing column chromatography. Answers included that it took a long time to elute the desired compounds from the column and that holding the tubes for collecting the samples was rather tiresome. The students also mentioned that...

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