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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 5 – Intro to Business (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 13, 2018—Today started out with a bang as the class market evolved into a full stock market. Students’ old assets were converted to publicly traded companies and the market was fully governed by the laws of supply and demand. Many different strategies were deployed, but since the prices were consistently on the rise the early investors...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 4 – Mysterious World in Writing (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 12, 2018—I can’t believe the end of the week is just around the corner! I’ve had such a wonderful time working with your students, and I’m so proud of all we have accomplished and built together this week so far. Today was primarily spent as a Revision + Writing Day, as students begin to wrap up...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 4 – Intro to Business (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 12, 2018—Students learned today about how supply and demand affect the stock market. We thought about how to approach selecting a stock and then considered whether or not it is even possible to consistently select above average stocks. The students then heard about the efficient markets hypothesis and developed reasons for and against the hypothesis. We...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 3 – Mysterious World in Writing (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 11, 2018—Dear Parents: Happy Wednesday! We’re nearing the middle of our mysterious world in writing, and students are eager to share their stories with you all on Friday. We began the day with Minute Mysteries. Students were assigned new seating groups today, so they have a chance to interact with other peers in the class and...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 3 – Intro to Business (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 11, 2018—Our first official business meeting was held today. Students got to ask all of their questions about how the stock market works. There were plenty of terrific questions regarding things including benchmarks, sectors, and initial public offerings. We learned that our class is on the short list to be portfolio managers for part of Vanderbilt’s...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 2 – Mysterious World in Writing (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 10, 2018—Dear Parents: We had another wondrously suspenseful day in Mysterious World of Writing today! In the morning, students started off the day with a quick round of Storycubes and Plot Diagramming. We reviewed all the elements of a literary story structure: exposition, rising action, climax, and resolution. At their tables, students were given two Storycubes die and asked...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 2 – Intro to Business (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 10, 2018—Simulation time! Today we tested our skill at picking out investments which were perfectly modeled by a single die. This helped us learn about the trade off between risk and return. Students came up with the idea that being riskier in the early rounds of the simulation was better than taking risks later…they could already...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 1 – Mysterious World in Writing (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 9, 2018—Welcome to Mysterious World In Writing, parents! So happy and honored to be trusted with your students for the week, and I look forward to our mysterious literary adventures ahead. This morning, we opened the class with a discussion of our initial assumptions about mysteries and mystery-writing. The students were incredibly enthusiastic about mysteries they’ve...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 4, Day 1 – Intro to Business (Rising 5th/6th)

Jul. 9, 2018—Today we embarked on our journey into the world of Wall Street. Most students began the day having never heard the phrase “strategic investing” so we started by answering the following questions by first using the words “investment” and “market” as they are typically used to hearing them. What is an investment? Students came up...

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Summer SAVY 2018: Session 3, Day 5 – Digital Storytelling (Rising 5th/6th)

Jun. 29, 2018—This morning we watched a short clip of author Neil Gaiman telling a story from his childhood as our story bit. We discussed how Gaiman uses the storytelling elements we have been talking about throughout the week. He is an author, so his delivery was different of those that we have seen, but we discussed how...

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