Our Lesson this week, on water catch systems, uses Place-Based Learning, the learning strategy I introduced to you a few weeks ago! We have had time to build a deep - understanding of our community, and were ready to engage with our community to find a solution that would better our local economy. With all the rain we have been having lately, I felt as if this lesson would tie in perfectly! We were able to work with our community to find a solution that would save gallons of water! We ended up creating our own water catch systems from scratch!! It was such an awesome experience!!! The students absolutely LOVED working outside of the classroom, and creating something own their own that improved our community! Stay tuned for pictures and more Place-Based Learning Lessons!
I encourage each and every one of you to check out challenge based learning if you haven't already! Next week, we will be implementing "Challenge Based Learning", an educational strategy that takes the students solutions out to the real world. We will be focusing on health and how to maintain a healthy diet and the importance of it. The students will find a solution to the essential question, and bring that solution out into the community and your own homes! I want to hear your feedback parents! Feel free to contact me anytime. Have a good week!
Parents!! I want to inform you of the new educational strategy I have begun to implement into our curriculum, especially in science and math! Behold, Place Based Learning....We are taking the traditional classroom setting, and moving the learning experience outside to the community. Not only is this beneficial to the students, but our community as well! Students are provided with hands-on, real life experiences when they are learning out in the community. As you know, students love to be outside, so this has been going great! You will notice a huge improvement in your child's science grades! There has been SO much enthusiasm and excitement about teaching and learning science! The class cannot wait to get outside and have hands-on activities that engage them in the lesson. I will keep you updated on our progress, and hope to hear from you soon!
WOW!!! Where do I begin to explain how wonderful this book is?! Prensky's Digital Natives textbook is absolutely inspriring, engaging, and definitely the next up and coming thing! After reading I realized how much Education is changing in our modern technology world, and we need to get on board! However, it was comforting to know that if we are ever in a situation where we are limited to technology, it isn't a problem. It's actually a great opportunity for students to predict what they would do with technology. This results in higher quality thinking, and that's what we want our students to do daily!! Now, let me tell you about Prenksy's thoughts and opinions on Parterning Pedagogies. I'm sure that might be a new word to most people, but do not worry, you are going to LOVE it! Teachers+Students= Partnering Pedagogies. The students become the center of attention, and the teacher is a guide on the side that guides the students to use higher-quality thinking, skills, and goals. We are implementing this into the classroom slowly, and I am already seeing wonderful results! This is incorporated into my whole-brain best teaching strategies to empower the students, get them engaged, and get them thinking!! E-mail me with any questions you have about our text book, Partnering in the classroom, or anything else! I will be sending home information with your students later on the week as well!
Constructivism is a style of teaching that we are beginning to use in our classroom. This simply means your child is learning by actively constructing their own meaning. The constructivist approach focuses on brain friendly teaching like processing information, making the meaning personal and unique, and the use of higher-order thinking skills. Students of all ages need activities in order to process what they are learning. The main goal for our classroom is to become learners who construct our own understanding through activities and reflection!
The Flipped classroom is completely changing classrooms and our traditional teaching practices. Most of us remember the traditional lectures that never really seemed to stick with us. If only there had been an engaging hook to the lesson. TA-DA! Thanks to the flipped classroom, teachers are going from lectures to engaging hands on activities for students. The flipped classroom incorporates a lot of technology, which as you know, we are integrating into our classroom a lot more. For me, I become the "guide on the side", and let the students collaborate and share ideas. It's important to let the students shine, and communicate their thinking processes with one another. The flipped classroom has forever changed my learning outcomes! I have noticed a significant decrease in the number of students failing (YAY!!!). I love that student frustration has been eliminated from the classroom. Thanks to the flipped classroom I am able to differentiate instruction by re-teaching concepts to students who need a little extra help. As for you, the wonderful parents, we are able to communicate with each other so much better, and I hope you have noticed a difference in your child, our interactions, and our learning practices. PLEASE, do not hesitate to ask me any questions about the flipped classroom. There are a lot of misconceptions, and I can assure you it's proving successful in classrooms all over. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
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I simply can not believe that this year is already coming to an end! It has went by entirely too fast. I have enjoyed having each and everyone of your children in my classroom. Not only did I teach them, but they taught me a lot as well. We shared many giggles, snacks, and memorable moments this year. We may be coming to an end, but we still have a lot to cover! It is so exciting to see how far we have come since the beginning of the school year. The students are preparing for their first grade program. This will be held two times: one in the morning & at night. The date and times are: May 18th 8:30 A.M. and 6:30 P.M. You will not want to miss this! The students have been working very hard with our music teacher, Mrs. Smallwood! On another note, I have been working on a souvenir for my first grade sweeties! It's a surprise, but all I ask is if you could send in a 3" binder for your child, if possible. It would be greatly appreciated!
ATTN: Parents, I have posted information about BYOD underneath the "Parent" Tab. I have also included a survey about BYOD underneath the "Parent" Tab as well. I would greatly appreciate it if you would read the information pertaining to BYOD, and fill out the survey. Under those tabs you will find everything you need to know about BYOD! Thank you in advance.
We are getting ready for Jelly Bean Field Day. This is a favorite for students and faculty! I have sent home a form about t-shirts if you would like to purchase one for your child to wear. Shirts are $10, and the students designed them this year! Jelly Bean Field day is May 12th. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me!