this week

What a week! Assessment meetings, community days, portfolios, reflections, starting maps… we’ve had an unusual and busy week here at Brightworks – so busy I didn’t have a moment to write the blog at all! Here are some highlights from the week:

On Wednesday, as students floated on and off the floor for assessment meetings, we did a Community Wednesday with activities and projects scattered throughout the space. The kids ran some of their own workshops as well! Isaac ran a stencil-making workshop to teach kids the basics of what he’s learned during the Fairness arc.

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Shawna brought out clay for the kids to explore:

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Christie led a group on a geo-caching journey to find buried treasure.

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On Thursday, the Coyotes and the Rubber Band went on mapmaking adventures in San Francisco and Burlingame.

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Coyotes treasure hunt etc

Coyotes treasure hunt etc

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Coyotes treasure hunt etc

Coyotes treasure hunt etc

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Today at Community Lunch, Joey brought in a map that expanded or shrunk different countries according to that country’s wealth. He helped us see the connections between fairness and maps by doing a money experiment – in breaking down $100, he gave out different amounts of coins and dollars according to how much of the population earns how much money. Students received three pennies all the way to $45, showing just how unequal people’s wealth is distributed around the world.

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Monday marks the official start of the Maps arc! Here we go!