Posts Tagged ‘Treasure Tuesdays’
Aceing your homework during Treasure Tuesdays can only lead to one thing .. The homework dance. D could’nt wait to show off her latest rendition after completing her days math assignment.
We could’nt resist to show off our own rendition as well, which lead to some good laughs. A Treasure Tuesdays well spent at Taft Dancing and Homeworking with the crew. Till next week.
Back Back to School School (sing’n it to the tune of Back to Cali by BIG) .. Haha that’s why we leave the music production to the pros.
This week we headed back to Taft Elementary to work with our favorite crew of 8 years old on their after school agenda. Our number one goal with this TT program is to help the students with their days assignments without simply giving them answers. This can be tough when you realize that sometimes the students are a little bit father behind the learning curve than the assignment demands.
I made it this weeks focus to work with the same young lady who was struggling to complete her math homework last week and the topic we tackled was vocabulary– which involved using vocab words in sentences created by the student. It took me by surprise when the young lady had no idea how to sound out the assigned words or comprehend the definition of the words. As much as I wanted to take it upon myself to help her with all of her skill development, I knew it would be best if I consulted with the Program Leader to make sure my newest friend was getting extra attention on a daily basis.
Helping out at Taft this semester, I have realised the uphill battle some students face if their learning development is overlooked by their teachers. Hopefully with some proactive campaigning from the Program Leaders at Think Together we can work towards conquering such challenges in the future.
After I got home on Tuesday I started researching about the new methods some schools are using to work with students of various learning styles, and found a pretty interesting article.
Though it may seem like the outcome of our past few Treasure Tuesdays are a little bit rougher than normal. To me it shows the importance of after school programs and the difference our support has on a young students education.
I look forward to sharing next weeks progress with you all.
TT was back in action this week after our South American adventures. As we wrapped up our day at HQ we made our way over to Taft Elementary and were stoked Mike (creator of many of our awesome videos) joined us on his trip back from Chicago.
Upon arrival we were greeted by several students who were excited to see us back in class and were quick to interrogate us over our past few weeks absence, but we assured them it was just a little trip to South America. After some after school calisthenics we jumped into reading proficiency which consisted of the students reading to us in 1 minute periods. The goal of the exercise was to evaluate the students overall reading proficiency and we were glad to see that the Marshmallows were preforming well! Unfortunately, the Marshmallow’s didn’t have much homework on their plate so we were transferred to work with Mr. L’s 3rd grade team, which was where the smiles began. Not sure if you can recall your days in 3rd grade, but it was pretty classic for us when Mr. L asked the students “how many feet were in a yard?”. And every student in the class was sure they knew the answer which ranged from 5 to 300 feet! After a little process of elimination and the help of Mike the students were able solve the question. The same process of elimination served as a frequent method to solving any questions the students we were working with had on their homework. We did our best to teach the youngsters how to solve the questions without constantly guessing, but I guess thats just part of ones learning journey.
Never a dull moment is a saying that usually springs into the back of our head after a TT session at Taft and that definitely rang true for yesterdays.
Till next time.
Treasure Tuesdays was back in full force this week at Taft elementary. As the weeks progress we can clearly see the strides each student on the Marshmallows (team name of class we help) is making towards becoming a 5th grader. Throughout the session we were doing our best to help each raised hand tackle the question at hand. This Tuesday’s topic was long multiplication which challenged the students to make use of their multiplication table savvy. Do you recall those days?? For a little practice whats – 779×12…. quick 1 .. 2 .. 3.
Hope that brought back some good memories of the smiley days of snack time and heads-up seven-up. All in all great Treasure Tuesday filled with after school homework and tales of haloween candy treasures.
Till next time.
Hayah! We were back at Taft Elementary this week for some Treasure Tuesday after school tutoring action.
Except this weeks session involved jump kicks and arm swivel defenses– that’s right the students were practicing their karate skills. As we expected the students were extra stoked to show off their ability, while jumping into an activity that gets them engaged in a non traditional way. I know your probably thinking—“not bad Karate skills post class, where is the time for learning” but rest assured Think Together always puts a unique touch on the activities to ensure that the youngsters are taking away some knowledge with the activity whether it may be math or character building.
As soon as the Karate activity wrapped up, we got right to work helping the students out with their evening’s assignments- a little long division and multiplication. Kevin even got a little crossed up today helping Eric with a multiplication problem- note to self – always remember to add when you’ve got a little extra tens love in the hundreds position. As always we enjoyed working with the students and continued doing our best to get the students prepared for their next days challenges.
Here’s an impressive article we found on GOOD.is which made us think about the treasures we were constantly finding all summer during our beach cleanups. We couldn’t believe it when we saw that a school in Guatemala was built from the ground up using plastic bottles instead of traditional brick.
The article highlights the outstanding accomplishments and innovate thinking that the Ark Crew is proud to see others around the world using. We’ll let the original author tell the story from here on out:
From GOOD.is: “The cost of building new classrooms and schools shouldn’t prohibit students in the developing world from accessing a quality education, but new construction, even using inexpensive materials like cinder block, can run up a five-digit bill in construction costs. Now, Hug It Forward, a nonprofit in Guatemala, has figured out how to build new schools on a shoestring budget by turning the plastic bottles that litter the countryside’s villages into raw construction materials.
A plastic school might sound like it’s better suited for Barbies than for people, but the technology—developed by the Guatemalan nonprofitPura Vida—is actually quite clever and allows for schools to be built for less than $10,000. The plastic bottles are stuffed with trash, tucked between supportive chicken wire, and coated in layers of concrete to form walls between the framing. The bottles make up the insulation, while more structurally sound materials like wood posts are used for the framing.
One added bonus of the nonprofit’s work is educating local children about the environment by helping them gather the bottles that end up in their schools’ walls. “They create the school that in turn creates opportunities for them,” Hug It Forward staff write on the group’s website. A two-classroom schoolhouse built by Hug it Forward in Granados used up 5,000 bottles, which otherwise would’ve kicked around the town’s street or ended up in a trash heap. Hug it Forward has already built 12 schools around the country, with four more in the works.”
You can view the original article by clicking HERE
With another successful week in the books… we couldn’t wait to see the looks… on the students’ faces at the Think Together after school tutoring program this week. So, once we were done for the day at Ark HQ we made our way over to Think Together to get down on some Treasure Tuesdays action and hang with our buddies the Marshmallows.
As we walked through the door at Think Together, we were a bit surprised to find the place in a state of total chaos. The students were scurrying all about the room like ants in an ant farm, and the program leaders were fervently trying to calm them down. While we sat there scoping out the situation, we came to the conclusion that some of the students must have gotten into the Halloween candy a few weeks early…
With a perplexed look on their face, one of the program leaders came over and let us know that the tutoring session couldn’t begin until the students settled down and started listening to their group leaders. Fortunately, it only took a few minutes for the students to start listening to directions and cooperating; and we were able to get things rocking for the day.
Our first task of the day was to help the Marshmallows continue building up and fine tuning their math skills, so they can one day all be mathematicians. We spent some time explaining the basics of how to add numbers together using long addition then, then gave them a few minutes to try it out own their own. We were pleased to see that a majority of the students were already well on their way to mastering the lesson and becoming number crunching all stars! We were even more pleased to see that the ones who hadn’t quite gotten the hang of the concept yet; were quick to raise their hands and ask for our help.
Once the math lesson was finished up it was time to move on with some good old fashion popcorn reading. It always brings a smile to our face to see how excited the students get for this part of the day, and just like last week, the students were ecstatic when it was their turn to read out loud to the rest of the group. The anticipation and enthusiasm on their faces was absolutely priceless!
As the time flew by and the after school tutoring session was drawing to a close, something happened this Treasure Tuesdays that has never occurred in the past. One of the Kev’s new buddies walked up and handed him a paper airplane as a token of appreciation for the math help Kev had given him earlier. Kev couldn’t help but smile, and thanked him in return for the awesome gift. It’s the random little things like this that keep us stoked on the program and enthusiastic about returning to Think Together every Tuesday.
As the weekend flew by in the blink of an eye, it was Tuesday again before we knew it. The Ark Crew was looking forward to ending the day on a good note by getting involved with some Treasure Tuesdays after school tutoring action.
In usual fashion, The Ark Crew made the voyage over to Think Together once things were wrapped up at Ark HQ. After being reunited with all the students at Think Together last Tuesday we couldn’t wait to see what surprises our team, the Marshmallows had in store for us this week.
The moment we walked through the door at Think Together all the students let out a giant “Yessss!!!!” and greeted us bustling with excitement. If we thought the energy level had reached an all time high last week, we had certainly been mistaken!
It was entertaining to see how amped the students were to show us their finished masterpieces from a creative arts projects they had done the week before. Clay sculptures of lions and tigers and bears, oh my – lay sprawled across the desktop and the students pulled us in all directions proudly trying to show us their creations. We complimented each of them on putting those creative talents to work and then jumped into the lesson for the day.
The first task at hand was helping the students beef up their math skills by working on a homework assignment that dealt with inequalities. Once again we were immediately impressed with how dedicated the students are to learning, as the Marshmallows had the concepts down pat. Leaving us the duty of double-checking their answers to make sure they receive the coveted “A+” in class.
Quick as lightning the students finished up the math assignment and were ready for the “fun part of the day,” some good old popcorn reading time about settling in the Old West. Our imaginations ran wild and thoughts of the computer game Oregon Trail we used to play when we were kids swirled through our heads as the students took turns reading out loud to the group. It was awesome to see how passionate and excited the students were to be the next readers of the group and we couldn’t help but smile.
Once the popcorn reading sessions was over the students began packing up their belongings and prepared to head home for the day. As we sat there looking around the room we felt pleased to know these kids who are so dedicated and passionate about their education, will be the same people running our country one day.
Overall, it was an awesome Treasure Tuesdays sessions spent at Think Together filled with laughter, a bit of goofing around, and a whole lot of learning.
Peep the photo of our students in the classroom!
With the completion of this years final beach cleanup, the Ark Crew felt it was time for Treasure Tuesdays to undergo a bit of a transformation and shift the focus of our efforts. Now that summer has turned into fall and the kids have headed back to school we knew it wasn’t going to be long before the after school tutoring sessions started up again at Think Together. So, once things were all wrapped up at Ark HQ for the day we made our way over to Think Together – excited and unsure of what to expect.
The minute we arrived at Think Together the students greeted us with big smiles and friendly “hellos.” Not wasting any time we quickly reacquainted ourselves with Matthew (the same program leader we worked with last year,) and his 4th grade team, The Marshmallows. The students’ energy level was through the roof and if it’s any indicator of what’s to come… we are definitely in for an interesting semester! Nonetheless we were excited to be back in the classroom as it reminds us of the days when our imaginations were constantly conceiving all kinds of imaginative ideas.
We spent a majority of the Treasure Tuesdays tutoring session helping the students with a language arts project that had been assigned to them. The task was to write figures of speech with the sentence structure: hyperbole – simile – metaphor – personification. After that it was up to the children to identify each piece in a different example. Not the easiest of tasks, but fortunately we work with great students and they tackled the assignment like champs.
One thing we noticed during this weeks tutoring session was the extent of our rusty Spanish skills, which could use some brushing up. This became rather evident when we started using Spanish translations while helping the students with their language arts project. It was slightly hard for us to define what the different pieces of the lesson meant in Spanish, then translate them back into English with new sentences. However, we put our minds to work and were able to successfully get the job done which is always a great feeling. (plus it was a little inspiration to get reacquainted with our Spanish grammar skills)
Before we knew it the students were packing up to head home for the day and we were saying our goodbyes. We would definitely declare the first Treasure Tuesdays tutoring session a success, as it’s always fun to help the younger students. Their constant laughter and unbelievably high levels of energy can’t help but make us smile. Oh, and we really enjoy the countless non-school related questions they have for us.
Here’s a photo of a couple students hard at work in the classroom: