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Oh my golly, sorry was venting about the team a little bit.

Mike

On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 6:39 PM, Laura Dysart <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> 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
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> *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]<http:[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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