Team Shary-OM


     2010-2011 2nd Grade  Odyssey  Winners!

12Shary rocks!
Incredible Journey To Washington, D.C. World Finals:

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Mr. De La Rosa has  coached a variety of " Creative, Gifted and Talented International Educational Programs". He coached Destination Imagination at Ruben Hinojosa Elementary when the team placed in the top five from a group of 45 teams. In 2007-2008, he coached Odyssey of the Mind for the very first time and Team Shimotsu advanced from Regionals to win the State Championship in Houston. He traveled with his team to compete at World Finals at Washington, D.C. in June. The team placed fifteenth from a group of 63 teams. Singapore placed first at the World Finals. During 2008-09, he was excited and  proud of his new creative team of 4th and 5th graders,Team Shary. Team Shary placed 1st at Regionals and traveled to Houston for State Competition. He is very proud to be teaching at John H. Shary because of the students' talents. Shary Elementary has 3 O.M. Teams. Mr. Gonzalez recently returned on a very successful journey from Michigan, where once again, a team from Sharyland ISD competed at World Finals! Great job, Mr. G.! 
Odyssey of the Mind
is an international gifted and talented educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
TEAM SHARY MEMBERS ARE: Maggi, Brooke, Brittany, Carliegh, Sara, Richard, and Andres.



Why Odyssey of the Mind is Good for Kids

The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. For more than twenty five years, this unique program has helped teachers generate excitement in their students. By tapping into creativity, and through encouraging imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems -- great and small -- for a lifetime. The Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify challenges and to think creatively to solve those problems. They are free to express their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism. The creative problem-solving process rewards thinking "outside of the box." While conventional thinking has an important place in a well-rounded education, students need to learn how to think creatively and productively.