GT Life with 3rd Grade

Love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and KEEP ON LEARNING!

-Carol Dweck

Today was an outstanding day with 3rd grade! We began class with a math talk instigated by Llanden! He was excited to share what he had learned about division. Several other students demonstrated what they knew about division and different types of models. Everyone wanted to know more about division – I promised a division game for our next class.

Design Challenge

Students were challenged to design a tower that would hold at least 25 pennies. The only materials allowed were – 1 yard of tape, 1 yard of string, 10 straws, and one small cup with two holes cut in the sides. They could tape their structure to the floor, table, or a clipboard only.

Tinker Time

We were so excited to finally have some Tinker Time with broken items and tools! We realized many things. It is hard to get speakers apart. Circuit boards break easily. We added goggles later than we should have! Magnets are included in many items. Wires cut easily with scissors.

5th Grade GT 11.20.19

Tinker Time 2.0

One of the many best things about 5th grade is when they come into class and solve a problem that you could not solve! I struggled to remove a circuit board that a student desperately wanted to share with his class. Enter 5th grade and some different tools to complete the task using teamwork! We also explored the circuitry of calculators and old cell phones. This led to learning about the anatomy of circuit boards and solar panels. Who knew there were so many switches involved in a speaker? Many pieces were put together to create other items. We are now in search of broken items to explore. We are interested in anything small…such as irons, curling irons, walkie talkies, and so on.

Talent Galore….

The talent and passion that emerges in one class is mind blowing! It is so rewarding to watch the many gifts that students bring and share in class. Challenging these minds involves addressing so many interests. It is truly a blessing to learn with these great students! 😄 Check in led to a student suggested discussion about family traditions and plans for the upcoming break. Class ended with a competitive and hilarious Kahoot created by John about our GT students.

GT Life at Ethridge

Hello! My name is Heather Lewis. I am the GT Facilitator at Ethridge Elementary. I have been at Ethridge since 2006 and I LOVE IT! I feel so fortunate to be able to teach our amazing students in my own neighborhood. I have been teaching school since 1993. I have taught kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 6th grade and also coached middle school athletics. I love my job!

I was born in San Diego, California, but have live most of my life in Texas. I am a proud Red Raider from Texas Tech University. I have 4 amazing kids that range in age from 18-31. We enjoy going out on the lake, attending sporting events, and playing games together. My husband and I love to cycle on the road and also mountain bike off road. My knees are often skinned up from bicycling adventures! I love to cook, run, paddle board, take photos, read, and can often be quite crafty!

My goal is to help my students realize their potential and push them to think deeper while enjoying learning! We only grow when we make mistakes! It is important for students to know and understand that we are partners in learning. I enjoy teaching in my community! Watching my students grow into adults is an amazing privilege!

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