We had an anti-presentation where students created the worst looking slides they could. But they also designed good slides. Those good slides were much more difficult to make.
I talked to students about inputs, parts, and outputs of a computer. This is one of those common knowledge things for me where I assume many things that my students might not know. Students worked on identifying 32 different pictures (keyboards, monitors, iPhone WiFi antenna etc.) and labeling those pictures with A) What it is. B) If is an input/part/output. 3) It's purpose. This activity was awesome for my students.
8th grade students are wrapping up their final SCRATCH projects. One student fixed a small issue with counting lives on the screen and every other part of the program broke. We had a great chat about how that relates to modern video games and fixing one thing often leads to a cascade of more work.
One more quick highlight from this week. Two students high fiving and saying, "That was a productive day!"
Last weekend I took an all girls team to the regional Mathcounts competition in Decatur. They finished 3rd. A little over a decade ago in my Math Methods classes we spent many hours talking about stereotypes in math. These girls are shattering those stereotypes.