Carrie's Weekly Update 3-3-16

posted Mar 3, 2016, 10:48 AM by Cynthia Friedman

“The fist step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.”  ~ Unknown

Greetings Fellow Bungee Jumpers,

Monday, March 7

Track Town Pizza – Fundraiser


Wednesday, March 9, 6:30pm

Smarter Balanced Information Session – An information meeting for new Ridgeline families and 3rd year parents.

Personal World - This week in Personal World, we are investigating mediation skills. They just so happen to be helpful in personal conflict as well. Your students shared their thoughts about having to take turns listening then paraphrasing when in a conflict.

A few of many thoughtful responses:
- I would feel heard, like my experience mattered.
- I would be worried that they would twist my words or say something hurtful.
- I’d be afraid I’d forget to paraphrase something, or defend myself when misunderstood.
- I’d feel annoyed, defensive, frustrated…
- I would get a better view of the whole picture, and be better able to problem solve with the other person.

Later this week, we watched a video of a mediator working with two people in conflict, and used the image of an “Iceberg as Metaphor” for how the emotions we show, and words we say in a conflict (the part of the iceberg above the surface of the water), often are very different than the underlying emotions, needs, wants, worries, or concerns (the much larger part of the iceberg below the water). The art of mediation is to connect the individuals on common ground where they can share communication and understanding around those underlying issues.

Science – We conducted an investigation inspired by the question “What happens to energy in an elastic interaction?” As a result, we experienced first hand just how difficult it is to design and conduct an investigation that is a “fair test.” For an experiment to be a fair test, we must control all the variables except the manipulated and responding variables. Not as easy as you first might think. At the end of the week, we analyzed, explained and evaluated a number of scenarios involving drag, elastic, applied, and friction interactions, and reviewed for the test by creating crossword puzzles out of key concepts from this unit.

Math – Students worked diligently on chapter reviews, corrections, and tests, then began work on new chapters this week. Progress continues. I’ve seen significant improvement in students who are referring to the front material, evaluating their pattern of errors and changing their habits one step at a time.

Volunteer Opportunity -
Thank you to those parents who have volunteered for our Canopy Connections Field trip taking place on May 19th. Our seventh grade cohort will be taking a day trip, an hour’s drive up the beautiful McKenzie River to H.C. Andrews Experimental Forest. Please contact me if you’d like to be a parent driver/chaperone. We have room for one or two more.

Warm Regards,