Posted on January 31, 2016
It certainly doesn't seem like it, but January 28 marked the hundredth day of school, which turns out to be an important math learning day in many elementary schools. Kindergarten teachers Kelley Hitomi and Jen Matsumoto write about the different activities their students played to understand the concept of 100 (go to Classroom Blogs) -- the number of times you can dribble a basketball, jump rope, or hula hoop in one minute! Or the pictures you can create using 100 sticky dots! Or counting 10 groups of 10 pieces like popcorn, Goldfish, or Cheerios for a morning snack. Quite a few students could easily fill a 100-number chart. In another class I visited, third and fourth graders had returned from a hike into Kaumananui (Moanalua Valley) and had written statements of their most important learning then creating headlines to capture the main ideas of their experience (a clever way of getting to the main point). In yet another class, high school dance teacher Paul Maley led 34 preschoolers through dance movements to explore their ongoing research about the meaning of "connecting" versus "combining" -- terms the preschoolers had used when describing the way ideas might connect and combine. One hundred days! When I think back to the first day of school on August 10 and reflect on how our children have grown intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally, a hundred days just doesn't seem that long for the amazing leaps in learning that I've observed. Stay tuned for Days 101 to 105, which I'll write about in next week Sunday's blog. If you have time, stop in to 'Elepaio 6 and 7 and enjoy the many creative ways to convey the quantity 100.
E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!
Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.