### Week 18 – Fractions, Why Are You So Difficult!?

It's the end of the first week back.  I got my new group of Robotics students, we began with some divisibility and exponents in 6th Grade Math, and we're exploring multiplying rational numbers in Pre-Algebra. Robotics Robotics is just a semester course so I have a new group this semester.  Last semester was nine 7th-8th grade boys.  This semester is eleven 6th grade boys, a 7th grade girl, and and a 7th grade boy.  Really different dynamic, but almost all of them I've had in math class before.  The semester feels like it's running a bit on autopilot since not…

### Week 16 (B) – A Day In The Life of a Robotics Teacher

I took my 'day in the life' idea and turned into two videos.  I completed the first one a few days ago.  I've now completed the second one, which was filmed Wednesday, December 9th.  In this episode: Math blogging Battling robots White Elephant Gifts Enjoy :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTNefeqfzSE

### Week 15 – Hooked Them On A Tuesday, Lost Them On A Thursday

It was our first week back from Thanksgiving break.  After this week, we have one more week of class left and a week of mid-terms.  Had some pretty significant high points this week as well as some points of pretty stark disengagement on the students parts, which was partially my fault.   (more…)

### Week 12 – Teacherless Classrooms & Internal Teacher Dialogue

It's the end of week 12.  I sort of wanted to do another video reflection blog but feel I didn't have enough footage to make it super interesting - other footage is much more interesting than just looking at me talk for five minutes.  I really enjoyed putting the last two together though so I think I'm going to pick a day in the near future to do a 'day in the life of' vlog (being inspired by Casey Neistat and Shay Carl) and give a glimpse of my day.  I did a 'day in the life' blog earlier this…

### Week 7 – \$600 Bouncy Balls, Building Robots, and Decimal Division

It's been a fairly good lucky number week 7.  Had our first auction and started to build robots.  Content has been going well for the most part, with exception to some pretty dull 6th grade math lessons. AUCTION We had our first auction in our classroom economy. Each class has an auctioneer who goes around to businesses to fundraise items for the auction.  Didn't have a ton of amazing items on this first one but last year I had students who got the entire Hunger Games hardback trilogy donated, iTunes gift cards, \$50 toy robots, and a few dining gift cards.…

### Creating Video Games In Robotics

We start the year out in robotics learning the fundamentals of programming with a platform developed by MIT called Scratch.  For their final project in this unit, I gave them a starter program and they had to turn it into whatever they wanted as long as they followed a few guidelines.  I've included one of the student's project below as well as the one I made myself.  Yay learning :) The student's game is actually a lot more fun than mine.  To see the code written to build the game, click on the game below and then click on 'SEE…