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Homes in Las Juntas, Costa Rica

 The theme of my project while I was in Las Juntas was to document houses.  I found that I not only became interested in houses as a whole, but the different elements involved in each home.  Specifically I focused on fences, the socio-economic differences between homes, porches themselves, and how people use porches, and lastly, different architectural aspects and details of t…

Reflection- process

The kids at Pioneer Springs Community School are precocious. When I visited to take pictures and geotag, they were at recess. One little girl followed me around as I circumambulated the campus and told me places they couldn’t go, which, as it turned out, was very useful, as I had originally planned on geotagging a place that was off limits because it was “poison!” Meaning, of course, that it was…

Reflection #4

The Great Nugget Mystery was a smashing success. First, we with the help of the wonderful children of Mrs. Mary Mix’s First Grade Class were able to find Chicken Nugget! Secondly, it was really amazing to see these kids be excited about math. The coolest thing was watching them go through the little math problems and genuinely want to do them because they just had to get the next clue for t…

Reflection #3

Honestly working on this project has been relatively simple and stress. Meeting up and discussing how we wanted to interact with these kids has been great. I was honestly worried at first having to create an activity that is fun but most of all engaging to these first graders. However, I am convinced our activity is already going to be a big hit. It has been fun and honestly eye opening to be t…

Presentation

Today we presented our project to Ms. Cooke’s sixth grade math class. Despite Mr. Neale being our contact person, due to scheduling conflicts, Ms. Cooke’s class was our only available option. After brief introductions and an introduction to the project (including some of the more practical uses of geotagging) we presented the problems to the students and helped them work through them. T…

Reflection #5-Final

Looking back on this experience now, I would not have changed one thing. I wandered what it would have been like to do this with older kids but I don’t think it would be as fun. The beauty of childhood is their imagination and a mentor’s ability to help foster that. The kids we worked with really tried to save Chicken Nugget. They were applying math skills because they thought there could b…

Reflection #4- Initial Reactions to the Activity

The activity was a huge success. The kids really bought into the scavenger-like approach while using applied math skills to redeem clues in order to find chicken nugget. Some of the students were slower than others but that was expected. When it did happen, it felt so rewarding to help them through it. Their faces would just light up. It was quite an experience and one that I don’t remember ever…

Reflection #3- Planning the Nugget Mystery

After Riley took the first visit to Pioneer Springs Community School, he reported that the school was very homey and had an intimate setting. Along with this evaluation he also observed that the school owned five chickens in a coop right in the front yard. He reported that the students loved the chickens and that they would even let them out of the coop to run around and play. This immediately…

Summary Post

Our group worked very well together. Due to conflicting schedules, we couldn’t always work together, but we all pulled our weight. Brendan was our fearless leader and established first contact with Mr. Neale. Mr. Neale gave us the objectives for 6th graders and this helped us come up with possible problems. Brendan and I met with Mr. Neale to run some ideas by him and he gave us some direction.

Presenting to the Class

A couple weeks ago, I contacted our teacher and asked to schedule our project presentation for this afternoon. I spent the morning crafting place markers out of cardboard, wrapping the markers in tissue paper and taping cut-out numbers to them. I taped decimal points to the back of the markers so they could be flipped over to show place value. ~~~~~~~~~~~Katherine and I presented our project to…

 

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