VADCFLL-L Archives

October 2009

VADCFLL-L@LISTSERV.JMU.EDU

Options: Use Monospaced Font
Show Text Part by Default
Show All Mail Headers

Message: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Topic: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]
Author: [<< First] [< Prev] [Next >] [Last >>]

Print Reply
Subject:
From:
"Suzanne F. S. Hecker" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply To:
Suzanne F. S. Hecker
Date:
Fri, 30 Oct 2009 14:03:04 -0400
Content-Type:
text/plain
Parts/Attachments:
text/plain (140 lines)
The only point that I'd like to take issue with in Mr. Nussbaum's note 
is which team will be bringing up the rear.  I feel that we have a very 
solid chance in beating you on this!  But like you all, we're going to 
the tourey - ready or not.

: )

Suzanne F. S. Hecker


On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 1:51 PM, Phil Smith III wrote:

> This is a GREAT post. I'm thrilled that you "get it", and I'm sure 
> your team will have a great time at your Regional!
>  The bad news: there likely won't be an opportunity to see a Research 
> presentation. Due to noise, space, etc., this just isn't usually 
> practical (consider how your team would do if some other team were 
> there, making faces at them...).
>  HOWEVER, there are a number of past presentations on YouTube; suggest 
> you look there. "FLL" is a good keyword.
> -- 
> Phil Smith III
> Virginia State Judge Advisor, 2007, 2008, 2009
> Judge Advisor, Northern Virginia Regional tournaments, 2007, 2008, 
> 2009
> Division 1 Judge Advisor, Virginia State tournament, 2006
>
> Coach, The Capital Girls, Oak Hill (retired)
> Team 1900 (2002)
> Team 2497 (2003)
> Team 2355 (2004)
> Team 1945 (2005)
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC 
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Brian Nussbaum
> Sent: Friday, October 30, 2009 1:08 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: [VADCFLL-L] It's all about the process....
>
> Hello VDACFLL,
> (My thoughts with a question at the end)
>
> I am a first-year coach with a very young team of 5th graders. 
> Earlier in
> this listserv there was some conversation about coaches who do not 
> feel that
> they are ready for the competition.
>
> We have a week until our day at JMU, and I can definitely say that 
> ateam and
> bteam from Thomas Harrison Middle School will be bringing up the rear. 
> It
> will be quite amazing if our group is able to complete one task on the
> table, and have any sort of powerpoint with a linear thought process. 
> We
> have not completed any of the requirements on the rubric for our 
> research.
>
> HOWEVER, as coaches we are looking at the process rather than the end
> result. Learning has happened on the part of both the students and the
> coaches (for example, some of our students are learning that it is not 
> a
> good idea to completely dismantle the robot a week before the 
> competition).
> On the whole, it is a good example of how this particular group of 5th
> graders has some significant growing to do in the thought-process and
> maturity departments.
>
> As coaches, we have done significant scaffolding for them to try to 
> break
> down the problem into smaller chunks, but we will just call our 
> students
> 'creative thinkers' rather than linear or result-oriented thinkers.
>
> But this is OK, because we have made progress, even though very little 
> of it
> will appear on Saturday.  We are trusting that this will be a learning
> experience for this very young team.  At this point they don't even 
> realize
> what they don't know.  Seeing other teams will be a good opportunity 
> for
> them to realize their potential for the future.
>
> If we work together a few times in the spring to go back and solve a 
> few of
> this year's tasks, and then get an earlier start next fall, we may be 
> more
> in the middle of the pack next year (I'm thinking optimistically).
>
> This is to assure all of you that are feeling worried--it's OK.
>
> Question:  will there be an opportunity for my teams to watch other 
> groups'
> research presentations?  I think they never really got a full 
> understanding
> of what we were going for on the research end of things.  Seeing a
> successful group could be helpful for them.
>
> Thanks.
> -- 
> Mr. Brian Nussbaum
> Mathematics Teacher
> Thomas Harrison Middle School
>
>
> CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:  This email message and any attachments are
> for the sole use of the intended recipient and may contain 
> confidential or
> privileged information.  Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or
> distribution is prohibited and may be a violation of law.  If you are 
> not
> the intended recipient or a person responsible for delivering this 
> message
> to an intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply email and
> destroy all copies of the original message. Thank you for your 
> compliance.
> Copyright (c) 2006 Harrisonburg City
> Public Schools.
>
> -- To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE your settings, please visit 
> https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-l.html and select "Join or 
> leave the list".
>
> -- VADCFLL administrative announcements are sent via VADCFLL-ADMIN-L. 
> Visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-admin-l.html to 
> subscribe.
>
> -- To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE your settings, please visit 
> https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-l.html and select "Join or 
> leave the list".
>
> -- VADCFLL administrative announcements are sent via VADCFLL-ADMIN-L. 
> Visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-admin-l.html to 
> subscribe.

-- To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE your settings, please visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-l.html and select "Join or leave the list".

-- VADCFLL administrative announcements are sent via VADCFLL-ADMIN-L. Visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-admin-l.html to subscribe.

ATOM RSS1 RSS2