Vista Eagle Photographers

I am so proud of the students in my photography elective. They have taken some breathtaking photos and impress me everyday! We have learned  a lot about photo composition. We also engaged in many fun and challenging projects that include: slow shutter speeds, forced perspective, rule of thirds, puddle reflections (#puddlegrams) and much, much, more. Here is just a sample of what these amazing photographers have accomplished!

Student Blogging Challenge

We are so excited to participate in the Student Blogging Challenge. We call ourselves, “The Challengers” from Room 30, so naturally we would jump on the opportunity to learn something new! Since you’re already here, feel free to click on some student blogs (located on the right) and check out our first posts! Thanks for visiting!

How do you challenge yourself with your learning? Please comment below.

Guess My Idiom!

Have you ever thought about where your photos come from when you search the web? If not, you should. There are many pictures that are floating around out there that are not allowed to be used even for classroom projects.  Our class is participating in the Student Blogging Challenge, and we are learning how to search for photos and give them the proper attribution. Click on the hyperlinks to find out how you can use and post photos properly.

We have been practicing using photos in our blog posts and giving the proper attribution (photo credit). Can you READ the following pictures and guess my idiom?guess-my-idiom

If you think you have an idea, leave a comment below. We’d love for you to create one and challenge us! Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments.




The Truth About Your Brain

You can train your dog to do cool tricks. You can train your cat to use the litter box. And you can even train a horse to dance, but can you train your brain to get smarter? According to current research, you CAN!

Researchers are stating that even when we make mistakes, our brain is growing. Little synapses in our brain are firing when we engage our brain. Yes, that’s right! When we make mistakes, even if we don’t know they’re mistakes, our brain is getting smarter. As we continue to engage our brain and learn new information, the brain grows even more!

The students of Room 30 have researched the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset and created some “mind-blowing” presentations to share with our readers. Visit their blogs and view their presentations to learn some terrific tips on how to train your brain.

Here’s one from Trent, Nelly, Mateo, Dominque, and Xavier.

Do you have any cool facts about the brain? Please share with us in the comments below.

Meet the Team

Student Blogging Challenge: Week #1

This is our chant that we created together. We say it every morning “loud and proud.” It describes who we are and what we believe in:

“I, a member of the Tech City Team, pledge to step out of my comfort zone and achieve my goals. I will work hard and give 110%. I am an engineer, a Noodler, and a READER! I check my S.W.A.G. and think outside the box. Every day is a new day. I will do my best and forget the rest!”

We are Engineers!

tower1Room 30 has been exercising our minds by engaging in some engineering projects. The first challenge was to create a sturdy paper tower that could survive Hurricane Vazquez (teacher huffs and puffs and tries to blow it down). Students were given 4 pieces of newspaper and 12 inches of masking tape.  They were to go through “The Engineering Process” and construct a sturdy tower. It was quite a learning experience for most of us. There was a lot of reflecting and improving! As Michael Jordan says, “I can accept failure, I just can’t

accept not trying.”

Ask: Define the problem

Ask: Define the problem

Imagine: Brainstorm possible solutions

Imagine: Brainstorm possible solutions

Plan: Draw a diagram

Plan: Draw a diagram

Create: Follow your plan and test it!

Create: Follow your plan and test it!

Improve: Modify your design and make it better!

Improve: Modify your design and make it better!

Has your class tried something like this? Do you have any ideas or challenges for us? We’d love to try something new! Please comment below.

Magical Melting Art

Don’t you hate it when you leave your crayons out in the sun and they melt and make a big mess? But if you look closer at that big, melted mess, you can see some pretty amazing color patterns and unique drippage! We decided to take the idea of melting crayons and turn it into some amazing art pieces.  We are really proud of our work!  Each piece is very unique and represents the unique interests and personalities of the members in “The Hornet’s Nest.”IMG_0288

Each student came up with their own unique idea and then we melted the crayons on a 12 x 12 piece of canvas.  I think they did an awesome job!  We hung these up for Open House and received lots of “OOOOhhhhs” and “AAaahhhs.”

What are some of your favorite art projects?  We’d love to hear about them.  Please post pictures or links in the the comments below!






Walk Our World 2015

Foot PrintRoom One is participating in the “Walk Our World” global event.  We are working together with classes all over the world to walk the circumference of the Earth.  We need 87,653,456 steps to make a complete trip around the world.  Each student has been wearing a pedometer and recording steps in a log on a daily basis.  Each Friday, we calculate our totals and enter them on the official Walk Our World website.  To learn more about this project click HERE.

We also created a scavenger hunt for this event and we want YOU or YOUR CLASS to join us.  It’s fun, engaging, and FREE!  All you need is an Instagram account (free) and a copy of the scavenger hunt items.  So grab a parent, teacher, or family friend and get walking.  Count those steps as you cross those items off your list.  For a copy of the rules and item list, click Walk Our World Scavenger Hunt.

If you have other items that would be fun to add to the list, please leave your ideas in the comments below.  We will be happy to add new items to the list!  Happy walking…and clicking!

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The Day My Crayons Quit

My class and I read, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.  While reading the book, we discussed such topics as point of view, author’s voice, and evidence that supports a claim.  We decided that we should write our own letters from objects in our lives that have been misused or mistreated. Here’s an example:

photo (3)Dear Mrs. Vazquez,

Hello? I mean…is anyone there? Seriously! I’ve been sitting on the shelf next to your “Mrs. Vazquez’ Hot Read” sign for weeks now.  Some “HOT” read.  You haven’t picked me up in forEVER! I thought we had something.  I thought we had a connection. We were spending lots of time together…day after day, page after page. Where’d you go?  Did leave me for another? I’m not going to wait around until you’re ready! There are other hands to be filled.  I was anxiously waiting to fell you what happened to Paul, but you never came back.  I’m sorry if I was boring you with Eric’s story, but if you come back I promise to show you some conflict. Please give me a second chance.  I will make it up to you.

Your dusty book,


P.S. Erick has seeeecrets…

Check out some students examples:

The Day the Tennis Ball Left by Lucas

The Day My Pen Quit by Nelly

The Day the Bars Quit by Estella