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.

Extended Resources for Fever 1793 and Terrible Typhoid Mary

Hey 7th graders! I’ve created an awesome list of extended print resources for you to check out while you are studying either Anderson’s Fever 1793 or Bartoletti’s Terrible Typhoid Mary. Hopefully these novels have piqued your interests and have you wanting to learn more. Your media center is always here to help!

Extended Print Resources

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.

PROPAGANDA MUSEUM WALK

Sixth grade Social Studies students in Mrs. Bitler’s, Mrs. Wishon’s, and Mrs. Clements’ classes participated in a Propaganda Museum Walk led by Media Specialist, Mrs. Baker in the Digital Aged Classroom. Students began with an introduction to propaganda where five popular propaganda techniques were highlighted. Then student groups had the opportunity to visit four different stations featuring selections of propaganda arranged by type. Within each station students analyzed pieces of propaganda using Mrs. Baker’s Propaganda Museum Walk Guide. They utilized fellow group members to help them evaluate and analyze the posters. This was a day of deep critical thinking for these sixth graders, and they rose to the challenge.

 

Propaganda Agenda

 

STATION 1: “DONALD DUCK IN NUTZILAND”

Watch the video segment independently and complete the writing prompts on your guide. After each student has responded to the prompts on his/her own, discuss responses as a group and add additional insights to your notes.

 

STATIONS 2, 3, & 4 are on display in the Digital Aged Classroom.

Religion with Mr. Vedra and Mrs. Baker Take II

Welcome Back to Mr. Vedra’s 7th period Social Studies Students!

Today we are continuing on our path to understanding the basics of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. You will be paired up as you visit 3 stations. In each station utilize the printed and digital resources available to learn more about each religion.

 

STATION 1: ISLAM

Read Susan Douglass’ article “What is Islam?” from Kids InfoBits in Cobb Digital Library, and complete the What is Islam? Guiding Questions.

STATION 2: CHRISTIANITY

View the Birthplace of Three Religions using the Christianity Cloze Notes as a guide for extracting the most important information. Finally complete the Christianity Exit Ticket (see Mrs. Baker or Mr. Vedra for this) before leaving.

STATION 3: JUDAISM

Watch Judaism 101: Religions in Global History* from Hip Hughes History and complete the accompanying Video Guide. 

*This video is linked from YouTube and student access is limited while on campus. Mrs. Baker will assist with on campus access.

Religion with Mr. Vedra and Mrs. Baker

Wednesday, October 5th

Welcome Mr. Vedra’s 7th period!

Today Mrs. Baker will guide you to accessing BrainPOP in Cobb Digital Library for viewing of The Mysteries of Life with Tim and Moby movie. Mrs. Baker will then assist you in answering questions about religion utilizing the Understanding Religion with BrainPOP handout. This video provides a brief summary of 3 religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Then you will have the opportunity to independently view the same video clip to complete a 4W’s + H Chart for each of the 3 religions being studied.

Finally be sure to complete the Exit Ticket before leaving!

I’ll see you tomorrow as well for review of today’s objectives.

The Hunt for Sasquatch

Sasquatch

You are going on a hunt in the Durham Media Center . . . for Sasquatch. With Mr. Vedra and Mrs. Baker as your guides, you will visit 5 stations within the media center to complete a variety of activities helping you determine the validity of the Sasquatch.

 

STATION 1: Hunt for Sasquatch

Read Christopher L. Murphy’s article, “Do Sasquatch Really Exist?” via the Simplicity Touch panel and list nine pieces of convincing evidence of Sasquatch’s existence as presented in the article.

STATION 2: Roland Smith and Bigfoot

Visit the Destiny station to find your objective.

STATION 3: “Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know”

At the multimedia table, watch the video clip and respond to the questions on the provided viewing guide.

STATION 4: Vocabulary Puzzles

Visit this station to locate the puzzles featuring important vocabulary from Roland Smith’s novel Sasquatch.

STATION 5: True or False

Visit this station to locate the True/False questions. Be sure you use the textual evidence in Roland Smith’s Sasquatch to determine your answers.

Image Citation

Mythical large ape. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 4 May 2016. http://quest.eb.com/search/132_1321718/1/132_1321718/cite

 

Mr. Vedra's Reading Class Goes on a Hunt for Sasquatch

Mr. Vedra, Mrs. Slade & Mrs. Baker lead students on a Hunt for Sasquatch