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Our Discovery AfterSchool Instructors share stories from their classes in this guest blog series Discovery AfterSchool Stories. For more information on our AfterSchool Program, please visit – http://wesleyan.edu/greenstreet/youth/afterschool.html.

By: Peter Van Siclen

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In Boomwhackers we have been combining the sound of tuned plastic tubes with stomping dance moves to create harmonic beats. The class has created a robotic routine where individual students introduce the beat and the rest of the class “powers up” to join them. Our most challenging song this semester has been playing the Star Wars theme while pretending the Boomwhackers are musical light sabers. The class is learning to work as a team to make music together, and they are even trying to throw in some showy spin and twirl moves, too!

Green Street is looking for a Wesleyan Student with strong content understanding of mathematics and an interest in education. The Intel Math Internship is 8 weeks (June 26 – August 18, 2017) and full time (40 hours a week). The pay is $4,000 for the full internship.

Intel Math is an intense math course for K-8 teachers. The Intel Math Intern will assist with an Intel Math course this summer (July 10 – 21) and then use that experience along with guided research to develop classroom materials for teachers. These materials will be posted on a State website for broad access.

This is the general overview of the Intel Math Internship — regular check ins with Intel Math instructors and Green Street team are required. Much of the work, outside assisting with the Intel Math course, can be done independently. We can offer space at Green Street or the Intern can work within the common spaces in the Exley Science Center.

Week 1:    Overview of a) Intel Math content, b) Common Core Mathematics Standards and Practices,

  1. c)  State-vetted mathematics lesson plans and classroom activities website.
  • Get familiar with Common Core Practices and “cluster” focus areas for each grade level of Common Core Standards
  • Get familiar with the State e-Quip rubric for mathematics classroom materials
  • Research existing classroom activities and lesson plans available via the State for examples of what makes a rigorous activity

Weeks 2-3:    Assist with Intel Math course with guidance from instructors Leidy and Keazer.

Interact with teachers in course to get familiar with their needs in the classroom.

Weeks 4-5:    Research materials for Intel Math topics of interest (TBD) that can be vetted for use

on the State website using the State rubric as a guide.

Weeks 6-8:    Developing a set of lesson plans and classroom activities for teachers in Intel Math topics

areas of interest (TBD)

  • Include clear connections to Common Core Standards (“clusters”), Common Core Practices, and appropriate grade levels
  • Include something on the topic for each grade level K-8 even if it is simply how it relates to the progression of content (for example – you’re not teaching fractions in kindergarten but you are setting a foundation for fractions in higher grades)
  • Include a student work analysis for targeted grade levels

Intern must be reliable, self-directed, and have regular internet access to complete independent research. Intern should have strong math skills and an interest in education; experience with K-8 students is preferred. Interested Wesleyan students should email the following to Green Street Director, Sara MacSorley (smacsorley@wesleyan.edu), by May 1, 2017:

1) cover letter expressing interest and explaining why this internship would be a good fit,

specifically  listing the last mathematics course taken in college

2) a resume

3) contact information for a Wesleyan professor who has agreed to be a reference and can speak   directly about the candidate’s mathematical ability

Our Discovery AfterSchool Instructors share stories from their classes in this guest blog series Discovery AfterSchool Stories. For more information on our AfterSchool Program, please visit – http://wesleyan.edu/greenstreet/youth/afterschool.html.

By: Anna Flurry

The Time Traveler’s ClTime Travelersub began the AfterSchool semester with a trip to ancient Egypt!! The kids got to learn about the Nile, the pyramids, scribes, and hieroglyphics, and best of all, they got to take a trip on the fantastic time machine that Instructor Aidan made from scratch. The students have already told us about several different places that they want to go next, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, and China! Who knows, maybe the mysterious riddle in the time traveler chest will take us to one of those places next week…

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HOT Schools – Internship positions available

Connecticut Office of the Arts Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools™ in partnership with Wesleyan’s Green Street Center for Teaching and Learning is offering two internships to Wesleyan University or Middlesex Community College Students.

This is a unique opportunity for organized, tech savvy individuals interested in the elements of planning, developing, implementing and coordinating particular aspects of the HOT Schools program including the HOT Schools 24th Annual Summer Institute (SI). The SI is an intensive interactive arts education experience for 200 plus artists, teachers, administrators and parents engaged in school culture change through strong arts, arts integration, and democratic practice.  For more information about the HOT Schools Program visit www.higherorderthinkingschools.org

The program is a synthesis of educational pedagogy and strategic partnerships with teaching artists and arts and cultural organizations dedicated to cultivating arts energized school communities.  Program interns will assist in all aspects of planning and implementation of this intensive week- long professional development opportunity.

To apply: Please send a resume and letter of interest to hotschools@wesleyan.edu by March 10th, 2017.

Arts in Education (AE) Conference Interns

Duration:  The AE Conference Planning Interns will work from June 5 – July 19, 2017

Description:  Participating in event design, planning and implementation

  • Research and compile relevant resources
  • Assisting in creation of promotional materials
  • Managing multiple data systems (school reports and plans, on-line registrations and surveys, etc.)
  • Organizing materials and supplies for presenters
  • Networking with educators, artists and presenters
  • General clerical duties (copying, filing, assembling materials, etc.)

Qualifications: The candidate for this position should be a self-starter with strong writing skills, be proficient in using excel and Google docs and have general clerical skills. The position requires flexibility, strong interpersonal skills and an interest in working collaboratively. Drivers license and access to a vehicle preferred.

Payment: $10.00 per hour

June  5 – June 23 at 20 hours a week

June 26 – July 19 at 40 hours a week – Room & Board at the Hilton will be provided from 7/9 -7/14.

Jessica Torres is a Middlesex Community College student completing a Human Services internship here at Green Street this semester as a teaching assistant in our Discovery AfterSchool Program. She will be making several blog posts and reflections during her time here for an inside look at our AfterSchool classes.

Middlesex Community College Robotics Club Visits Green Street

By: Jessica Torres

mixyThe Discovery AfterSchool students received a special visit for a recent half day program. However, it was not just a human visit. A robot named Mixy was brought over by the Robotics Club from Middlesex Community College to show the children all that she could do.

The students sat in awe as Mixie greeted them saying “Hi my name is Mixy”. Next, Mixy’s head sensor was touched and she was told to stand up and walk. The children were so surprised that Mixy could walk across the room like a human being. The Robotics Club college students then explained how they have to program Mixy to talk and move. First, they have to signal the robot to do something touching the head sensor.

Then, the college student touched the top of Mixy’s head and said “Mixy can you do a dance?” Mixy replied “Yes. I can do the Macarena, the YMCA, and the Gangnam Style”.  Mixy was asked to “Do the YMCA”. The children laughed and screamed in excitement as Mixy broke it down and did the YMCA dance.

Each student was able to pick a word or sentence to program in the computer to tell Mixy what to say. Some children came up with silly things to say like as a joke or a long word such as “Mississippi”. The students learning about robotics and really enjoying getting to participate by directing Mixy to talk to the group.

Jessica Torres is a Middlesex Community College student completing a Human Services internship here at Green Street this semester as a teaching assistant in our Discovery AfterSchool Program. She will be making several blog posts and reflections during her time here for an inside look at our AfterSchool classes.

Working with Ms. Renee

By: Jessica Torres

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Over my two months volunteering at Green Street, I really enjoy the Beads, Baubles, Boxes, and Beans class with Ms. Renee. The kids always have so much fun doing the projects she designs. We have decorated masks, jewelry boxes, pumpkins, bookmarks, and more.

Spending one day a week in this class, I have noticed Ms. Renee’s passion for and dedication to her instruction and most of all, to the students. She makes every class exciting for the students and knows just how to keep their attention. She knows how to bring the class from more rowdy state to a nice and calm level when needed.

One technique I have noticed that she uses to redirect a student when they are having a hard time is to nicely tell them it is time to be quiet and pay attention to the instructions. She says it in a funny high pitched voice though and that makes the students laugh yet lets them know that they need to listen at that moment. I admire this approach because it shows that you can use a positive, humorous approach to help students get focused or redirected.

I also admire how Ms. Renee is very open minded and always willing to listen when a student is very upset about how their project came out. The student will point out all the negative things they see with their finished product but Ms. Renee points out all the unique things she sees. This always seems to make the child feel a lot better and helps them to see the good in their situation. Art is unique and the students all get to show that in their own ways with Ms. Renee’s guided techniques and positive approach.

Our Discovery AfterSchool Instructors share stories from their classes in this guest blog series Discovery AfterSchool Stories. For more information on our AfterSchool Program, please visit – http://wesleyan.edu/greenstreet/youth/afterschool.html.

By Katie Murray and Justin Ali

Justin and KidsIn Science Club, this semester five energetic young scientists have explored animals, the environment, phase changes, and chemical reactions.

During our first meeting, we studied density and tried to mix water, oil, and molasses only to find out that their differing densities caused them to stack on top of each other.

The next week, we switched gears and went on a short field trip to Green Street’s outdoor garden to collect flowers, seeds, tomatoes, and herbs so that we could dissect them and map out the parts of our plants.

We spent several weeks looking at phase changes and defining liquids, solids, and gases. We mixed baking soda with different liquids in order to see which combinations reacted to form a gas. We found out that baking soda and vinegar made lots of bubbles and created a chemical reaction. Later on, the students made oobleck to explore how cornstarch and water interact to make something that is not quite solid, but is not completely liquid either. One week we even made some tasty butter out of heavy cream to show how energy can sometimes be used to induce phase changes and turn liquids into a solids.

Science Club is a lot of fun to teach because the kids come in each week excited to experiment, learn, and watch science in action. We love teaching this class because it helps dispel negative views that science is too boring or too difficult to be fun and opens the door for students to become interested in exploring and learning how things work.

Katie and Kids

Jessica Torres is a Middlesex Community College student completing a Human Services internship here at Green Street this semester as a teaching assistant in our Discovery AfterSchool Program. She will be making several blog posts and reflections during her time here for an inside look at our AfterSchool classes.

By: Jessica Torres

This week, I noticed that the group of children I am with had a really great time in their classes. They showed a great deal of ownership in the projects and activities.

In Sign Language, the children had to spell out their name in sign on their own. Two students in particular, Ariana and Jesaidy, were so happy because they had been practicing at home and we’re excited to show the rest of the class they could do it. After this activity, we started practicing how to use sign language to sing a song we will be performing soon. The idea of our first performance makes for a good goal the students are looking forward to and inspires even more at home practice.

In Environmental Science, Miss Katy came up with a game to learn what types of animals are omnivores, herbivores and carnivores. First, the children had to pick the name of an animal from a bucket and act the animal out so that their friends could guess what type of animal it was. Second, Miss Katy set up different stations – one had meat, one had plants, and one had fruit. The children had to decide what animal belonged in which station. The animals included giraffes, and pandas, and bears, oh my! They all were excited for this game because they got to move around the room and work with their friends.

Jessica Torres is a Middlesex Community College student completing a Human Services internship here at Green Street this semester as a teaching assistant in our Discovery AfterSchool Program. She will be making several blog posts and reflections during her time here for an inside look at our AfterSchool classes.

Black Girl Linguistic Play at Green Street

By: Jessica Torres

This week, contemporary dancer Camille Brown brought her production Black Girl: Linguistic Play to Wesleyan University. One of her dancers came to Green Street to run a special dance assembly for our AfterSchool students. I participated in helping the children learn different dance moves in the workshop using dance moves from Black Girl: Linguistic Play.

To start, guest dancer Beatrice had all the children introduce themselves by doing their favorite dance move. Some of the children were too shy but their friends encouraged them by showing off their own creative moves. After introductions, Beatrice had all the children spread out and face the mirror in the room – it was time to dance! We had a guest drummer, Jocelyn, there too to help get us moving.

Move 1 – Put your arms up and move your hands up and down.

Move 2 – Add in shrugging your shoulders.

Move 3 – Put your legs together and shake your knees.

Move 4 – Step one leg front, step it back into place, and then clap once do the same with the other leg.

Move 5 – Skip sideways with your right arm up and wiggle your finger, switch sides and repeat with left arm.

Move 6 – Whip and nae nae (a current popular dance move).

Once all the children learned each move, we put all the moves together. The children were laughing and having fun as we danced altogether.

Beatrice and Jocelyn really knew how to get all the children involved. I can truly say it was a fun experience for the children and for all the teachers and myself.

Jessica Torres is a Middlesex Community College student completing a Human Services internship here at Green Street this semester as a teaching assistant in our Discovery AfterSchool Program. She will be making several blog posts and reflections during her time here for an inside look at our AfterSchool classes.

Week Two – Dolphins, Flowers, and Shaving Cream

By: Jessica Torres

shavingcreamMy second week at Green Street was even better than my first. In Sign Language class, the kids enjoyed an activity about their favorite animals. They drew a picture of their favorite animal and the teacher looked up how to say each animal name in sign language. The children were really interested in saying the names of the animals using their hands instead of their voices. They also did a good job memorizing their friends’ favorite animals using sign language too. I can admit that I thought it was cool to learn to sign my favorite animal, a dolphin.

In Environmental Science, we took a field trip into the gardens at Green Street. The kids each picked different types of leaves and small flowers from outside. Once back in the classroom, we learned a few facts and examine the leaves and flowers.

In Beads, Baubles, Boxes, and Beans Class, I had so much fun helping the children create a small canvas using paint and shaving cream. The children were amazed at how the shaving cream with drops of paint inside instantly stained the canvas with different bright colors. I spend time on Pinterest looking for different kinds of children’s art crafts or projects and the shaving cream technique was a new one for me.

At the end of the week, Ms. Sandy and Ms. Cookie let me know that they really appreciate the help I am giving to the Spanish-speaking students. They also said they appreciate that I take the time out to help with little tasks such as fixing the table and chairs once the children have left for the day. These comments made me feel good and helped me realize that my work at the Green Street does not go unnoticed.

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