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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 3 – Archetypes and Literature (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 20, 2018—Hello and Happy Wednesday, During the past two days we worked on developing our understanding of archetypes and our ability to identify them in a variety of contexts. Today, we tightened our focus to look very specifically at a single character archetype: the leader. Our goal was to explore the complexities and possibilities of this...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 3 – Puzzles and Problem Solving (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 20, 2018—Most of the morning in Puzzles and Problem Solving was spent converting our classroom into an airplane…or at least a room with 13 seats and boarding passes. Consider the following scenario: The first person to board a fully-booked flight drops his or her boarding pass and doesn’t bother to pick it up. The person doesn’t...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 2 – Archetypes and Literature (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 19, 2018—Happy Tuesday! Since yesterday’s session covered identifying archetypes in ads, today we shifted to an exploration of how narrative texts make use of archetypes. Our focus: picture books. Like ads, these employ the shorthand of archetypes to deliver often-times profound messages in very little space. First, we worked as a whole-group to try to unpack...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 2 – Puzzles and Problem Solving (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 19, 2018—We began class today by delving deeper into the problems studied yesterday. Each day will begin with two questions designed to have the students apply the knowledge learned in the previous day to a new scenario. Today’s questions dealt with the 21-card game and ZipZap, and both questions led to interesting discussions about factors, multiples,...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 1 – Archetypes and Literature (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 18, 2018—Hello! Welcome to Encounters with Archetypes! This morning we established the different kinds of encounters we’d be exploring – those with situations, individuals, and ideas– and began our own encounters. Our situation: the first day of a new class with a lot of individuals who don’t know one another. So, we set about correcting that...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 2, Day 1 – Puzzles and Problem Solving (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 18, 2018—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 taking one, two, or three cards (that is, you...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 1, Day 5 – Biology and the Body (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 15, 2018—Today is our last day in Biology of the Body, however we still learned a lot and had a lot of fun! We first reviewed the material we learned throughout the week. Then, we finished our cell structure models and the microscope slide observations. To conclude our learning week, dove deep into exploring DNA, its...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 1, Day 5 – Bioarchaeology (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 15, 2018—Today was all about having the students tap into their newfound bioarchaeological knowledge and take the lead on teaching activities. The students began the morning by becoming detectives and solving real-life crime scenes that they began to build yesterday, using model skeletons, leaves from outside, and hand-made “artifacts” and “clues”. In their groups, the students...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 1, Day 4 – Biology and the Body (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 14, 2018—In today’s class Biology and the body we reviewed the disease tuberculosis, its symptoms and how it is treated or how we can prevent it using the vaccine BCG. We then learned the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic outbreak. This was followed by a class discussion on the role of government and health....

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 1, Day 4 – Bioarchaeology (Rising 5th and 6th)

Jun. 14, 2018—This morning, we took a field trip! The students were able to train like real bioarchaeologists in the Vanderbilt Osteology Lab on main campus. They were able to see some real skeletons, including some pretty cool animals! Our discussion started by explore how “you are what you eat” with dietary isotopes. We learned how to...

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