Family Math Night

The AES Middle School Math Team, parents and students enjoyed a wonderful Family Math Night on Tuesday, September 6th. Students and parents had fun opportunities for their brains to grow as they engaged in puzzling about math together. 

“The researchers found that when students were given problems to solve, and they did not know methods to solve them, but they were given opportunity to explore the problems, they became curious, and their brains were primed to learn new methods, so that when teachers taught the methods, students paid greater attention to them and were more motivated to learn them. The researchers published their results with the title “A Time for Telling,” and they argued that the question is not “Should we tell or explain methods?” but “When is the best time do this?”
― Jo BoalerMathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching

Some students think their role in math classrooms is to memorize all the steps and methods. Other students think their role is to connect ideas. These different strategies link, unsurprisingly, to achievement, and the students who memorize are the lowest achieving in the world.”
― Jo BoalerWhat’s Math Got to Do with It?: How Teachers and Parents Can Transform Mathematics Learning and Inspire Success
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Nutty Nut Dance Performance

On December 5th, Briar Chatterjea offered a wonderful experience for AES families: an interactive dance workshop/performance.

Parents and students danced to bring the magic of the Nutcracker Alive @ AES. They drifted and swayed like a snowflake to Tchaikovsky’s score. They skittered, slashed and saluted in the battle of the mice and soldiers.

The AES Nutty Nut Family Dance reflected our community with a Bollywood piece offered by HS Dance Reach Out with our Vivekenand neighbors and more.

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Family Math Night

Thank you to all the families that came to our AES Annual Family Math Night. The MS math department loved watching you puzzle and play with math (even when your time was up!).
We know that some of you are on the edge of your seats for the answers to the Locker Problem:
All of the square number lockers are open.  These numbers all have an odd number of factors, i.e. 4 has 3 factors, 1,2, 4 so they end up open.  There is also a pattern to be found, between the square numbers the amount of closed lockers increases by 2.  Between 1 and 4 there are 3 closed lockers, between 4 and 9 there are 5, and on it goes.
Additionally, here’s the link to the Math Practices along with questions to ask for each standard to promote mathematical thinking.
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Earth Day Microbead Campaign

Today at our middle school assembly, and last night at the community presentation on Earth Day, Dr. Marcus Eriksen raised our awareness about a serious threat to our waters – microbeads!
Microbeads are used in facial cleaners and scrubs to help exfoliate skin. These face cleaners include small plastic microbeads, that are then washed down our drains and out to sea. The good news is that there are non-plastic products you can purchase and it really does make a difference.  Click here for more information from the 5 Gyres website and science study.

The video above shows Dr. Marcus Eriksen showing how to test a facial cleanser for microbeads. We would like to encourage you to look through your cupboards at your cleansers. If you find microbeads in a product at your home, send that product in to the MS Office – Dr. Eriksen is collecting these and will find a way to dispose of them safely.
And here are some of our students and faculty taking part in Dr. Eriksen’s campaign:

The Nurtured Heart

On Wednesday, Catherine Brown hosted a parent coffee to outline the ideas of the Nurtured Heart Approach.

The Nurtured Heart Approach transforms young people and their families through directing energy towards skillful, positive coaching towards success. We learn to build confidence and motivation through explicit acknowledgment of our children’s efforts and mentoring them to ever-higher levels of achievement. The approach unveils the true reasons behind misbehavior and negative attitudes, and addresses the choices youth make on a subconscious level.

Although developed to succeed where so many programs fail with young people with intense energy, the approach is also effective with anxiety, low self esteem, and other emotional challenges children experience in their lives.

Catherine’s Nurtured Heart Presentation, November 6, 2013