Poe Breakout: Under the Floorboards

 

EDGAR ALLEN POE
(1809-1849). American poet and short-story writer.

 

EDGAR ALLEN POE – (1809-1849). American poet and short-story writer.. Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/140_1664502/1/140_1664502/cite. Accessed 8 Nov 2017.

 

Welcome officers,

Thanks for joining us on such quick notice. We have a cold case and need your help. Officer Miller was the first on the scene and is here to share some of the details with us.

 In order to solve the clues, be sure to take your time evaluating the evidence and read closely with a detective’s EYE!

Special thanks to Officers Miller, Slade, and Walker in helping with this cold case.

After your evaluation of the evidence, please reflect on the your experience via the Reflection Survey

Breakout EDU Mania at Durham

Since the fall of the 2016 school year, the Durham Media Center has been abuzz with Breakouts! Collaboration requests have come from far and wide. All grade levels and a variety of content areas including social studies, science, Spanish, reading and language arts have experienced Breakout EDU through collaborative efforts with the media center. One of the greatest challenges of being an educator is getting students to “buy into” the learning. So often it’s the teachers, rather than the students, who are excited about the topics or subjects of study. That’s not the case with Breakout EDU. This learning concept “tricks” kids into learning. Without even realizing it, students are evaluating puzzles and riddles through thinking critically, calling upon prior knowledge, looking through a variety of different lenses, working with peers, and guiding their learning in a setting where the teacher serves on the periphery rather than as the lead. Students must also persevere through frustration and change what they are doing until they figure out the “problem.” Breakout EDU has been an amazing experience at Durham this school year. Here’s a culmination of the awesomely innovative learning experiences Durham Middle students and staff have had through Breakout EDU.

Students across grade levels and subject areas learned through Breakout EDU.

Students reflect upon their Breakout learning experience.

Stahler’s World Domination Breakout

So . . . 7th grade Reading teacher Mrs. Stahler is trying to take over the world and send all the kids to boarding school. Will her students be able to stop her? Media staff, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Webb worked with Mrs. Stahler to ready the media center for this unique Breakout experience. The students worked through a variety of puzzles to unlock boxes that ultimately open the suitcase Mrs. Stahler had been dragging behind her for over a week. What do you think was inside? Here are some snapshots of the learning fun.

Mrs. Stahler’s World Domination Breakout

Spanish Breakout

Media Specialist Mrs. Baker, Media Paraprofessional Tracey Webb, and Spanish teacher Mrs. Fugate collaborated to bring the concept of Breakout EDU to Senora Fugate’s 8th grade Spanish students. These 8th graders are first year Spanish students who were also new to the Breakout experience. In groups, they were taxed with working collaboratively to read Spanish passages and maps and to solve puzzles that opened a variety of locks. This Breakout was adapted from “Un Escape con Abuela” via Martina Bex’s website The Comprehensible Classroom and is also accessible via Teachers Pay Teachers. The students were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Despite frustrations, almost all the groups overcame the challenges and broke into their boxes! Here’s some evidence of how these kiddos surmounted the obstacles.

Spanish Students Breakout

Durham Teachers Breakout

On the first faculty in-service day after winter break, Durham teachers had the opportunity to experience an innovative and fun way of thinking critically through Breakout EDU. Media specialist, Mrs. Baker, along with assistance from fellow teachers Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Slade, and Mrs. Poteat and Durham Principal Dr. Alford, led an introduction and training on Breakout EDU. Mrs. Baker and Media Paraprofessional, Mrs. Webb adapted a Breakout lesson they had led with 6th and 7th graders and put a “teacher” spin on the learning game. Check out their collaborative learning.

Breakout EDU

Mrs. Slade’s and Ms. Poteat’s 2nd and 6th period classes have saved Fun Friday! Durham’s first Breakout was a success!

Through the collaborative efforts of Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker,  Media Paraprofessional Mrs. Webb and Reading teachers, Mrs. Slade and Ms. Poteat, students recently had the opportunity to look at a problem in a new, innovative way using Breakout EDU kits. Breakout EDU creates learning games, called Breakouts, based upon a variety of subjects and content area standards.  Groups must work collaboratively to problem solving using critical thinking and also must persevere through a variety of obstacles to solve puzzles. To learn more about the possibilities of utilizing Breakout EDU, check out all the details here.

2nd Period Broke Out!

2nd Period Broke Out!

6th Period Broke Out!

6th Period Broke Out!

Help! Help! I Need Your Help!

Okay kids,

Here’s the Current Situation:

I have been asked to help edit an article for the Marietta Daily Journal, but I need your help. The author of the article, Jay Udgement, has written an article based only on his opinion, and he thinks that Fun Friday is a waste of time. The deadline to turn in his article is in 45 minutes, and if he submits the article, Durham’s Fun Friday will be outlawed. This isn’t the first article that Jay Udgement has published that is full of his opinions. I was working on a rewrite of his article to give readers the facts about the benefits of Fun Friday, but he took it from me and locked it in this box. On his way out, he dropped some clues that may be able to help us. You have 45 minutes to get the replacement article out of the box, or Fun Friday will be a thing of the past.

The Scene is Set

The Scene is Set

We Can Do This!

We Can Do This!