An absolutely HUGETHANK-YOU to our fifth-grade families for their generous gift to our school: funds for new recess and PE equipment! Having just arrived, this gear will soon be in the hands of our students to enjoy daily. Yay!
Would you believe that this whole equation equals one?
It’s true! This is an order of operations problem created by fifth graders, Maryn and Jack, who, along with their classmates, took part in the PEMDAS Partner Challenge. Students were given tiles with the digits 0-9 and all the operations symbols and parentheses they needed. Then it was up to them to use as many of those digits as they could to create a complex problem with a simple target answer (in this case, one!). In several problems, including the one above, students were able to use all of the digits and a variety of operations from addition to exponents. In completing the challenge, students exercised flexible thinking, cooperation, listening skills, creativity, and teamwork. Way to go, 5s!
Today the fifth graders practiced teamwork to set the stage for a year full of learning with and from each other in math class. They were given a challenge that required full participation from all and they rose to it! Between rounds, groups had a chance to reflect on what was and wasn’t working and adjust their strategies accordingly. Upon reflection, students said that good group work looks like “everyone taking turns and working together” and “people standing up for their ideas and helping everyone with the problem”. Others noted that good group work can sound like “calm voices talking together about a problem” or “encouragement and laughing”. Finally, one student said that good group work is simply “spectacular”.
If you know Tilden, you know the tradition of Thursday stories. Each week students gather together to brainstorm with Whitney before writing about the assigned topic in their classroom. The kids learn not only the mechanics of writing, but also that they have valuable ideas and that those ideas can be expressed on paper. The topic for the first week? Summer, of course!
Welcoming, indeed! Thank you to all the Tilden families for making this such a warm community, and for contributing a delicious spread! It does take a village, and the Tilden staff is thrilled to begin another school year working with you. 🙂
Recently, the sounds of poetry could be heard drifting through the school as the students and teachers shared the poems they had stashed in their pockets. Every year, the Tilden community joins with the rest of the country to celebrate poetry with Poem in Your Pocket Day.
As is typical of Tilden parents, they went all out to host joyous and sugar-filled parties for each class! Thank you, parents, for your time, creativity, and sense of fun! With so many engaging activities and extra attention, the kids and staff loved every minute!
Bitter cold? No prob, if snow is on the ground. Half of Tilden’s delightful kiddos made it to school on the first snow day of the school year, and boy, did we have fun! Snow angels appeared, snowmen were formed, and snowballs sailed through the frigid air, as students frolicked in the frozen landscape. We might have learned a little indoors, as well.