“If I can inspire young people to dedicate themselves to the good of mankind, I’ve accomplished something.”  — John Glenn, 1921-2016
 

The 2016-2017 Runkle Student Council is up and running!   We had our first meeting this week, and the council members’ passion for Runkle School and eagerness to serve was most evident.  The Council has already begun planning ways to build greater connections among all the students in our building, and to promote the themes of community, helpfulness, and yes, fun!, throughout the school.  The Student Council is comprised of 6th graders Abby, Nico, and Zara, 7th graders Kyle, Ingrid, and Henry, and 8th graders Maya, Levi, and Owen.  

 
During Grades 1-5 Professional Development Release Days this past month, our classroom teachers have been discussing ways of Making Thinking Visible within the discipline of mathematics.  Teachers met with me, our Math Specialists Michelle Schweiger and Pam Wells-Rockhead, and our Enrichment and Challenge Support specialist Deb Mercer.  Together we explored different mathematical challenges and puzzles that had no clear easy way to solve.  We also examined the work of Stanford University educator Jo Boaler and her “Number Talks” pedagogical strategy of engaging students in mathematical reasoning and explanation, where creativity is emphasized, and students are encouraged to share their strategies with and learn from each other.  (“Education is a social process; education is growth; it is not preparation for life, it is life itself.”  -John Dewey)  The day’s work emphasized both the importance of getting the RIGHT answer and the acknowledgement that there is no singular right WAY of getting it.  You can learn more about the work of Jo Boaler, and how parents can encourage and develop their children’s mathematical creativity and flexibility, by visiting her website www.youcubed.org (http://www NULL.youcubed NULL.org) .  
Jim Stoddard

 

 

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