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Laura Dysart <[log in to unmask]>
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Laura Dysart <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 5 Oct 2010 18:39:59 -0400
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I want to thank everyone- I had had a really long day yesterday- took  
me hours to register our team with a weird password thing (probably  
somehow my fault- but they system wasn't sending me the password it  
said it was sending), went to work and coached robotics for three  
hours- just tired- I really appreciate everyone's suggestions on the  
project topic and our team member with a lot of presence and a lot of  
imagination- don't want to squelch that- will definitely review the  
rubric with kids , and will talk to the parents of my super creative  
one- I had to last year and that helped- I'm not concerned about  
moving on- we're still a new team- I just think these more abstract  
topics make a lot more work for the kids- that's what I found last  
year- but it's their project- and they all need to be excited about it  
and they learned a lot of interesting cutting edge technology from our  
speaker even though that didn't move them to their topic.  All good.   
All the responses really helped me and I appreciate this community.  
Laura Dysart
On Oct 5, 2010, at 6:18 PM, Brandy bergenstock wrote:

> What is your question?
> Brandy
> From: Michael Brown <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Tue, October 5, 2010 4:27:33 PM
> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] project topic
>
> I wish I could get a reply to any emails.  Like shouting into a  
> vacuum.
>
> Mike
> On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 9:08 AM, barrie bowers  
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> One thing that has worked well for our team is sharing suggestions  
> by e-mail in between meetings, and then letting the kids "discuss"  
> there ideas and proposals by e-mail.  This gives all of the kids a  
> voice, so one dominant team member doesn't necessarily take over as  
> can happen in person.  We also ask a lot of questions, again being  
> deferential to the kids, but ask them to think through the  
> practicalities of various ideas, and how they would play out in  
> terms of the project/presentation, etc.
>
> Good luck!!
>
> --- On Mon, 10/4/10, Eric Palmer <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> From: Eric Palmer <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] project topic
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Monday, October 4, 2010, 10:18 PM
>
>
> Should you care?  Well that is a big question that only you can  
> answer.
>
> You need to consider your team's goals.  What are the trying to  
> accomplish,
> how mature are they, can you push them to grow?
>
> Also some teams just can't be advanced beyond a certain point each  
> year.
>
> But if you want to try to take them to the next level, ask then to
> study the project rubric
> and evaluate the teams' choices against the rubric.  This can get them
> thinking in categories
>
> presentation, research, sharing etc.
>
> Which ideas can best acheive the rubric.
>
> Some teams struggle with this.  Some can't think very categorically
> but some can. And all of them
> grow their critical reasoning skills when stretched this way.
>
>
> But also they need to have fun. So balance it.
>
> Isn't being a coach fun?
>
> Eric Palmer
> team 1740 TNBI
>
>
>
> On Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 10:06 PM, Laura Dysart  
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > We had a contact with the head of a bio-medical engineering  
> department at
> > VCU- he came and spoke to our team  and shared all kinds of great  
> recent
> > innovations and ideas for exploration- they learned a lot no  
> matter what- we
> > have one student with a super sci- fi mind who including last year  
> wants to
> > do something super abstract- the team voted on his idea over  
> something more
> > concrete and doable-  and I think that is all good- and it is their
> > assignment- and their decision- has anyone else struggled with the  
> choosing
> > of more sci- fi topics that end up very difficult to prove would be
> > possible?   thought a couple students had some concrete projects  
> that were
> > very applicable and would make an immediate difference- but it got  
> nixed by
> > the larger group (less exciting)-  I know it's all them- just  
> feels like a
> > second season of extremely abstract- harder to do.....I have asked  
> a lot of
> > questions.. I guess I am really asking if anyone else is  
> struggling and
> > should i even care? we have a dominant one with imagination that  
> answers
> > questions very authoritatively and don't want to come across as  
> discouraging
> > him as I ask questions?  Thanks- LD
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