Our school's Cancer Awareness Fundraiser Event in pictures!

Our school's cancer awareness fundraiser was a positive and moving experience because it involved teachers and students working together in FUN for a good CAUSE. Purpose, people!

The orchestrator!!
Ms. Lloyd!

The orchestrator was this lady right here, Ms. Lloyd! She worked tireless hours on this and it happened because of her drive and vision to DO IT. It was a school-wide effort but thanks to her passion and drive it HAPPENED! 

Teachers and kids want this to be an annual event. Perhaps at an #edcampNewMark one of the teachers (or kids?) will write this down as a session and work it from there. 

Here's how the hour-long assembly was set up!

**Anyone in our school learning community could buy tickets at a dollar each throughout the week leading up to it. The assembly took place in the gym and outside the gym on the blacktop from 8:10-9:10 am.

"100% of proceeds will be donated in an equal split between Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer."

**Buying a raffle ticket earned kids the chance to be picked to do one of the following activities to a teacher during the assembly:

    • Pie a teacher in the face--9 teachers signed up for this
    • Flour-bomb a teacher--8 teachers signed up
    • Escort a male teacher in a dress--7 teachers
    • Shave a teacher's head--2 teachers
    • Cut a teacher's hair for Locks of Love--4 teachers, 1 student signed up!

        **The Raffle drawings took place the the afternoon before the assembly: Winning students for each of the activities were announced via intercom. They went to the Commons for a quick meeting with Ms. Lloyd about how the fun was going to unfold the next day. :)

        The next day the gym was filled with 'us' and with music and applause, and laughs and smiles. Tarps all over one corner of the gym. The events simply played out, one after the other. We ended outside with the flour bombs. 

        All this fun was to help raise awareness of and funding for a serious disease that has affected so many of us.

        Click below to see the VISUAL STORY of our day ON FLICKR:

        Flickr photo set: NMMS Cancer Fundraiser Campus Event!

        American Cancer Society Receipt from our school's Cancer Fundraiser Event--$1,175.00 to Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer!
        Receipt from American Cancer Society in KC!

        <-- We raised $1,175.00 for Cancer! Ms. Lloyd delivered the money to the American Cancer Society here in Kansas City. The money was split equally between Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer.

        Funny: 4-picture PhotoSTORY of Ms. Nguyen's flour-bomb experience! (as seen in the Flickr set)

        Makes me laugh every single time I look at them. You can run but you can't hide! :)

        Let's do this! Flour power!
        On the run......! Flour power!

        You can run but you can't hide... Flour power!
        Is that a dress?! Flour power!
        This is the GOLD MEDAL (flour) shot. Wow!!
        (photographer: Sy Porras)

        The Beauty of Flickr: Coach Porras took many of the pictures and we uploaded them to my Flickr account (via our shared Dropbox picture folder). Students who took pictures sent them to my Flickr email address. Once in Flickr they can be edited, tagged, commented on, and ultimately shared. 

        Instead of keeping this event and celebration within our school learning community, we can share it via pictures on Flickr, blogposts, and tweets. LEARNING OUT LOUD to share with others our day and our experience. 

        Here's to more sharing and caring between connected learners!

        Cure Cancer!

        Workshop model in my 6th grade classroom (video)

        I'm currently reading So What Do They Really Know by Cris Tovani. It is a signed copy, I might add. :) As a member of a district cohort that is spending next year piloting this model in my classroom and working closely with Cris Tovani and Sam Bennett, I jumped into Workshop model this Spring. I liked it. A lot. It is a subtle shift and a powerful one. Can't wait to blog about my experiences, struggles, and successes throughout next year and dialogue/share/learn with brilliant educators like YOU, who are reading this now. :) 
        The lesson you see in the video below was on the 5 Kingdoms of living organisms. (I started with 5 kingdoms instead of 6 kingdoms for introduction purposes.)
        • I found an article that was written in an easy to understand format WITH pictures and 'hooks.'  5 Kingdoms text
        • The kids had positive feedback to give me after the lesson.
        • Several asked if we could do more of this...this reading, writing, thinking. LOL 
        • Several reported they had no idea there were even 5 Kingdoms and almost none of them knew what algae was. They liked the word, 'fungi!' They were TALKING about what they read the next day without being asked.

        Here's what happened in class prior to this video footage/activity. 
        photo creditTaylor Dawn Fortune via photopin cc
        • I did a mini-lesson in which I modeled how to annotate, or interact with the text.
        • The kids were encouraged to write questions, comments, ahas, and notes and also to circle and underline parts they thought were important. I gave no specific guidelines for the number of annotations or other specifications. INTERACT was key. No right or wrong way to do it. 
        • I encouraged them to TALK BACK to the text and WRITE all over the page in the margins, rather than simply PULL information FROM IT for notes as we typically did in class. WORK IT!
        • I modeled aloud and on paper annotating on the first two pages (under the doc cam); they watched and worked along with me. After they saw how I  annotated/talked back to the text, they dug in and got down to the business of interacting and learning. They were engaged in a highly personal affair. 
        • I told the kids that talking/discussing ideas with others had no place during this portion of the lesson. I explained why. I wanted their focus to be on developing and recording their own thoughts, questions, musings about the text. If they were talking to others, then they weren't talking JUST TO THE TEXT! Be polite and give the text your full attention, just like you would a friend. :) Discussion is coming, I told them. Discussion is super-important as well and you will have the chance to talk and listen with others.

        I walked around and conferred, or talked with them after I recorded with my iPhone. I looked at their annotations and then talked with them to find out what they 'got' or didn't 'get.' There were a couple times I jumped in for Catch and Release. This helped me plan for the next day.

        The kids honestly enjoyed this lesson. They had TIME to read, write, think, question, and wonder on their own terms and they could write WHAT THEY THOUGHT on the paper. They were curious and actually quite surprised at some of the things they read. It impacted them because they were able to make it their own. It belonged to them. It was personal. I followed this up the next day with guided annotated notes that included specific questions to help them pull out key comparisons between kingdoms followed by debriefing/discussion between the kids and in class.

        Who was doing the work and the learning?

        This took the kids longer than I thought it would. Reading, marking up a text that contains complex or new ideas, and then making sense of it for yourself cannot be done in one hour. It was well worth the days we spent on it.

        NMMS teachers and students wave goodbye after a wonderful year together!

        The last day of school is always a bittersweet day. Bonds you formed all year come to end but summer brings new beginnings and fun times!

        It took longer than normal to get our 1000 kids on the buses in the midst of smiling, hugging, crying, and good-byeing. Once they were there we did THE WAVE, our annual tradition, as the buses drove away. Happy feelings on both sides of the street. :)

        I used video from my iPhone to create this iMovie trailer. Took 15 minutes to make. 
        Exported it to Dropbox and then uploaded it to Youtube.