Sunday, May 8, 2016

“Never give up your right to be wrong, and be sure to give others that right too.” ― Tim Fargo

For testing week, a little 

Yea, you!

You have the right to be wrong. 
You have the right to make mistakes.
You even have the right to fail. 

Geesh, you're a kid; if you never make mistakes, you'll never learn anything!  You can't disengage from learning just because you're afraid of being wrong -- that would never do!

It's time to get over your fear of making mistakes -- it's an unavoidable part of the learning process. Sometimes it takes messing up over and over again before you finally get it right, so don't freak out.  Embrace uncertainty; go beyond what is familiar. . .

. . .To complexity 
and beyond!

You want to know the best way to learn?  Try your ideas out on other people.  Let them respond to those ideas. Their responses can help you refine your thinking. Don't be embarrassed about making a mistake, either. People who are afraid to be wrong aren't as apt to participate, and people who don't participate and take risks find it harder to grapple with difficult tasks, or to problem-solve and persevere.
Boy, do I feel weird!

When people disagree with you, it makes you feel weird. After all, you have your own ideas and you think you're right, right? Well, part of learning is also being open & ready to listen to new ideas. Don't treat the fact that people disagree with (or react to) what you have to say as a personal affront. You aren't lacking as a human being just because  you lack certain information, knowledge, or ability. 
Did I mention--YOU"RE A KID!

Just know that being wrong eventually leads to being right. 

MAY 9-12

We get out at 11:30 on Thursday morning.
This week we're going to complete our Fast Reading & Fast Math tests as well as the SRIs and Words Their Way (Spelling) tests. Did I mention typing? That, too.
This will be The Week of the


Good heavens! We didn't get to Roman Colosseum last week, so, without further ado (which means an unnecessary hustle-bustle), may I present: 

(TA, DA!)

The Roman Colosseum 
(Information HEREHERE, 
and HERE)  History of the Roman Colosseum video  
The Colosseum's 
Elevator video

HA! You've GOT to read this:
You Wouldn't Want to be a Roman Gladiator! 

If you enjoyed that book, here are a few more:
You Wouldn't Want to be an Egyptian Mummy!
You Wouldn'tWant to be a Polar Explorer
You Wouldn't Want to Sail on a 19th Century Sailing Ship!

Monday:  Follow the directions on the packet provided to you & turn in.  Remember, "Make everything you do the best thing you've ever done."

Tuesday:  Let's move on to something extraordinary.  The Greeks were known for their columns were architectural masterpieces. . .  One of the Romans' equally extraordinary architectural contrubutions was. . .


ROMAN ROADS information can be found HEREHERE and HERE

Facts About Roman Roads

Roman Roads video

           Language Arts

Little bits of me that escape to the page. . .

We're writing like crazy -- This is awesome!  Everyone has "the packet" with directions and examples, and we're choosing (at least) ten to include in our project. I expect that the numbers of poems will be far greater than expected if what I'm seeing is true.  I can't wait to share these!

None this week.
You're Welcome!

Pavlina, Steve. "You Have the Right to Be Wrong." Steve Pavlina. N.p., 20 July 2005. Web. 09 May 2016.