What I Can Say After 1 Year of Mandarin

What I Can Say After 1 Year of Mandarin

Just finished up my first year of International Baccalaureate Mandarin. Learned a lot! In this video I did a short description of a photo while trying to bring in various grammar rules I've learned. I feel I can read quicker than I can speak (as long as it's mostly characters I've learned). Writing is tough unless I've got a word bank. Didn't end the year as far along as I had hoped but I definitely did learn a lot.  Hoping to have the time to do Year 2 next year. https://youtu.be/eLeqmBvQ2EY Check out the video I made after 1 semester
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Which Apps To Use In A Classroom Economy?

Which Apps To Use In A Classroom Economy?

THIS VIDEO AND POST WAS CREATING IN MAY 2018.  CLICK HERE TO SEE MY CURRENT CLASSROOM ECONOMY SYSTEM (updated for distance learning). In this video, I focus primarily on the banking systems and budgeting options for a classroom economy but also share a little bit of some of the other changes I made this year. https://youtu.be/d2FYRSe5Ftg Full Classroom Economy Resources - thomgibson.com/classroomeconomy My Kids Bank - mykidsbank.orgBankaroo - bankaroo.comGood Budget - goodbudget.comMy Classroom Economy - myclassroomeconomy.orgEveryDollar - everydollar.com
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My Project Week 2017 – Creating ‘My Filmmaking History’ Short Film

My Project Week 2017 – Creating ‘My Filmmaking History’ Short Film

Haven't updated in a couple of weeks.  Had a half week two weeks ago with student-led conferences in the latter half, then last week was Project Week.  While Project Week is primarily for students, I like to take the week to create my own project as well.  This year I wanted to create something that was an amalgamation of a few different videos I've seen in the past year.  A lot of people do a draw-my-life on YouTube, one YouTuber did a film-my-life, and another YouTuber shared his filmmaking beginnings.  My short film ended up being mostly a 'filmmaking history'…
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Middle School Robotics Episode 8: Rovers Inspired By ‘The Martian’

Middle School Robotics Episode 8: Rovers Inspired By ‘The Martian’

This is episode 8 of a short series entitled 'Middle School Robotics.' This week, students create robots that will go on a rescue mission for some cargo (mildly inspired by The Martian). Also, I share some good news for the robotics class!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ErF489RfhQ My guest blog post: 5 Innovative Ways To Create Positive Classroom Culture Most of my project resources were taken from HERE Here is the rubric for the newest project that we talk about: Filmed at The Khabele School in Austin, TX: Music by Podington Bear
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Week 24 – 2 Step Equations Project

Week 24 – 2 Step Equations Project

This week in Pre-Algebra, I introduced a two-step equations project to my students.  Just to give a little context, last year I did this, I had students create an equation for every letter of the alphabet where a=1, b=2, c=3, etc.  It was a bear to grade and stressed students out.  You can see it HERE but I recommend against using it unless you plan on doing some big changes to it.  This year, I decided to just let them create 6 two-step equations. THE PROJECT I gave them instructions on how each problem was to be formed.  For example, the…
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A Little Movie On Meal Prepping

A Little Movie On Meal Prepping

For the latter half of last year I started on a slow carb diet. I lost more weight from that than from two years of running and going to the gym every week.  More info about the slow carb diet, popularized by Tim Ferriss, can be found HERE. I made a little movie (1.5 min) about meal prepping a slow carb lunch. I usually do this on Sunday evenings and it's my lunch every day of the week. Perfect if you're a fan of Tex-Mex. The video was a lot of fun to make and I tried to make it…
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