Ms. Warszalek is having Chef Nicole come to her class to cook purple asparagus and share it with her class. They will also have conversations about healthier options on the food they already eat. This is the link about program which bring Chef Nicole to schools. http://www.ccapinc.org/locations/chicago/2008/08/news-3/
We all discussed the possibility of having healthy cooking classes with parents and community members, in order to help educate about healthier options available to them.
Ms. Rivera is having students continue watching Food, INC, and having conversations throughout the movie about the cost difference between organic and non-organic food, healthy and not healthy. Also about the important decisions a family needs to make when deciding how much money they can spend in order to provide for their family.
Math teachers: Ms. Morrow and Ms. Martinez, are discussing retention problems with students and how the holiday vacation and snow days have seemed to make students unmotivated in certain collaborative conversations in class. We also discussed the end of the unit performance on fractions, as well as the other areas (perimeter, area, frames and arrows, mean, median, mode, and range, story problems, etc) that still need to be covered in preparation for next year.
Ms. Morrow has also team taught with another student and had that student lead the class in conversation. This seems to motivate other students to have deeper conversations with each other, in hopes that they might be the "teacher leader" next time.
We all discussed how we can help students build confidence in order to engage them more into collaborative conversations. Some ideas we thought of were having more turn and talks within a small group, using anchor charts for the students to reference, and identifying the important bullet points on the charts.