Bells Mill Odyssey of the Mind: Program Introduction

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This presentation describes the Odyssey of the Mind program at Bells Mill Elementary School. It is intended for parents and educators to learn more about how the program works.

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  • 1. Odyssey of the MindBells Mill ElementaryParent Information Night

2. What Youll Hear What is Odyssey of the Mind? Why being in Odyssey is great! What do kids do? What do parents do? When is it all happening? How to join! 3. What Youll Hear What is Odyssey of the Mind? Why being in Odyssey is great! What do kids do? What do parents do? When is it all happening? How to join! 4. What IS Odyssey of the Mind?Team-Building,Problem-Solving,Creative-ThinkingFUN! 5. What Is It Really?It is an international creative problem-solvingprogram with competitionBased upon idea that creativity is a skill thatcan be taught and improved with practiceEverything is a team effortOdyssey of the Mind develops real-lifeteamwork, communication and brainstormingskills, and develops creativity in the solution ofproblems ranging from simple tooverwhelmingly complexThere is no single right answer. Ever. 6. Creativity? Creativity is not atalent, its a way ofoperating JohnCleese I define creativityas the process ofhaving originalideas that havevalue. KenRobinson 7. Odyssey and Creativity 8. What Youll Hear What is Odyssey of the Mind? Why being in Odyssey is great! What do kids do? What do parents do? When is it all happening? How to join! 9. Celebrity Guest Star!Dr. Bill KleinFormer Bells Mill parent,recipient of the Maryland Odyssey of the MindOMER award for his coaching work 10. Benefits of OdysseyImproves brainstorming and criticalthinking skills. 11. Benefits of OdysseyBuilds teamwork skills includingcooperation, consensus building, andgroup problem solving. 12. Benefits of OdysseyBuilds confidenceand self-reliance:can-do attitude! 13. Benefits of OdysseyDemonstrates that each memberof a team contributes differentlybut importantly 14. Benefits of OdysseyExplore how to express and implementtheir ideas in a collaborative setting. 15. Benefits of OdysseyChallenges students to become moredetail-oriented and inclined to dotheir best. 16. Benefits of OdysseyProvides unique, unforgettableexperiences that will serve them inevery aspect of their lives 17. Benefits of Odysseyand they perform in front of theschool to showcase their hard work! 18. Kids are Naturally CreativeWhen were six or seven years old,were all [creative]. Its what happens inschool and at home that determineswho remains [creative]. PabloPicasso 19. ReCreating AmericaFirst film of new documentary series isdocumenting four ways of promotingcreativity, one of which is Odyssey ofthe Mind 20. What Youll Hear What is Odyssey of the Mind? Why being in Odyssey is great! What do kids do? What do parents do? When is it all happening? How to join! 21. Work in a Team! 22. Spontaneous Problems 23. Spontaneous ProblemsName things that run! 24. Spontaneous ProblemsName things that run!Build a puppet out of aluminum foil. Tella story with the puppet. 25. Spontaneous ProblemsName things that run!Build a puppet out of aluminum foil. Tella story with the puppet.Using only newspaper and mailinglabels, build a bridge that spans 12.Score one point per penny the bridgecan support. 26. Long-Term ProblemPosed as question where the answer ispresented in the form of a play, subjectto many conditions! 27. Long-Term Problem 28. Long-Term Problem CategoriesVehicleTechnicalClassicsStructureTheatricalPrimary 29. Long-Term Problem Video 30. Long-Term Problems 2015Vehicle A train going to stationsTechnical powered by rubber bands!Classics Pandoras Box video gameStructure Marble releaserTheatrical Silent moviePrimary Wacky weather report 31. Its All Them!Kids come up with all the ideasKids write the scriptKids make the costumesKids make the setsKids make the propsKids do all the acting 32. What Youll Hear What is Odyssey of the Mind? Why being in Odyssey is great! What do kids do? What do parents do? When is it all happening? How to join! 33. Parent Jobs at RegistrationLead Coaches run teams of 5-7 members with guidanceand support from usAssistant Coaches help the Lead Coaches (e.g., bethere much of the time; substitute for absence)Assistant Treasurer assists the OM Treasurer in herduties and learns the ropes for next yearSecretary assists with membership and registration,works with school staff to arrange for rooms and otherneeds, assists with State Final registrationJudge for the Maryland State Tournament: each team isrequired to provide two parent judgesVolunteer for the Maryland State Tournament: each teamis encouraged to provide one volunteer to providehelping hands (manage competition; registration; sellingt-shirts, pins, etc.) 34. The Role of ParentsBest: Coach or co-coach a team!Work with kids, including yoursLearn and grow with themRequires a weekly commitment for about 2 hours(usually Friday afternoon), plus some amount ofpatience, enthusiasm, and love of kidsAlso good: JudgingServe as a judge at competitions, ~8 hoursAt least: Support your child & his/her teamBring them to all the meetings; host a meeting atyour house; help them learn! 35. Parents & Their ChildYou can teach, but you cant help.Ill teach you to sew, but you have to attachall the jingle bells yourself!You said you want to build a truss so todaywere going to learn how to use a power drill!Expect them to burn themselves on the hotglue gun. This is called experience. 36. Parent CommitmentMake sure your child participatesHelp them collect the materials for theplay. Cost limit for whole team is $125,so its mostly found itemsTeach them skills for the play 37. Want to Coach?Help guide your childs team through theOdysseyWell providesession plansand trainingYou enableyour teamto do theirbest! 38. Coachs Reward 39. What Youll Hear What is Odyssey of the Mind? Why being in Odyssey is great! What do kids do? What do parents do? When is it all happening? How to join! 40. Important Dates By Friday, September 26: Register student Tell us if youre interested in coaching Sunday, Sep. 28: Coach Training Friday, Oct. 3: First Session 3:30! Sessions almost every Friday 41. Important Dates In January: Spontaneous Day! Fun, learning-oriented session Like competition, judged, no stress March, Spontaneous Competition Still fun! Teams do compete, awards in April April, Maryland State Tournament Spontaneous component Long-Term Problem (play) Qualifying opportunity for World Finals 42. Important Dates In January: Spontaneous Day! Fun, learning-oriented session Like competition, judged, no stress March, Spontaneous Competition Still fun! Teams do compete, awards in April April, Maryland State Tournament Spontaneous component Long-Term Problem (play) Qualifying opportunity for World Finals 43. What Youll Hear What is Odyssey of the Mind? Why being in Odyssey is great! What do kids do? What do parents do? When is it all happening? How to join! 44. How to Sign UpGo visit our web site:tinyurl.com/bellsmillodysseyEnroll using our convenient snazzyonline form!Registration fee of $40 payable byPayPal for even more convenience! 45. Contact Information:Email is preferred!bellsmillodyssey@gmail.comYour coordinators:Dominic Benford (Head Coach)301.758.9305Trudi Benford (Head Coach)301.758.9306Christine Lorenz (Treasurer)