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Summer SAVY 2017, Session 1/Day 1- Puzzles and Problem Solving (Rising 4th/5th)

Jun. 12, 2017—It was a great first day of SAVY! Today, the Puzzles and Problem Solving class first investigated the Ultimatum Game (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimatum_game) and the Prisoner’s Dilemma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prisoner’s_dilemma). The students then played a 2-player card game, attempting to determine the winning strategy. The problem goes like this: “Given a deck of 21 cards, players alternate turns by...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 5- Hydrology 101: The World of Water

Feb. 28, 2017—How is water treated? After a brief introduction to drinking water treatment, the students had a chance to observe the flocculation process with Harpeth River water. Throughout class we could watch the water slowly become clearer and clearer as the alum clumped the particles together. We also explored the filtration process by building small filters...

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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 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- Hydrology 101: The World of Water

Feb. 20, 2017—Water management… There are no easy solutions when thinking about community, nation, and global water management. Today we learned a few tricks of the trade when thinking about managing our water here in Tennessee. Students role played as community stakeholders who were planning the city of Dragonfly Pond. Each stakeholder brought a unique perspective as...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 4- Writing and Reflection

Feb. 20, 2017—We had a very productive fourth day of Writing and Reflection, in which we talked about ekphrastic poetry, scenery, and pathetic fallacy! We reviewed key concepts from past courses (notably “imagery,” “ekphrastic poetry,” and “synesthesia”) and kicked off a longer discussion about why a poet might choose to write an ekphrastic poem. After analyzing Pieter...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 3- Hydrology 101: The World of Water

Feb. 14, 2017—Who dirtied the Cumberland River? Well, today we learned that due to non-point source pollution, the answer may be you and me. Taking on roles of various stakeholders, the students explored how different land uses are associated with waterway pollution. Sediment, nutrients, toxic chemicals, pathogens, litter, and thermal pollution all made their way into our...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 3- No Quick Fix

Feb. 14, 2017—This past week, we focused our class on the immune system and how this system works to keep us healthy. After an ice breaker diagramming out the basically inputs, outputs, and components of the immune system, we played a recent app Bacteria Combat, which was created by Glasgow University microbiologist Carla Brown. This app was...

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Spring SAVY 2017, Day 3- Writing and Reflection

Feb. 14, 2017—In this week’s Writing and Reflection, we first played a game to see if we remembered each other’s names and reviewed the meaning of “cliché.” We discussed how and why we should work to avoid clichés in our poems and stories, examining the writers we have read in class and discussing why and how they...

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