This feature sheds light on the work students and teachers are doing, and it lets the community know what makes each class special.
Here’s more about this week’s featured classroom:
What makes your classroom special? Our classroom is special because of our warm community. We are flexible collaborators and are constantly working on growing our culture. Our classroom has flexible and comfortable seating choices. This allows students to have choice and ownership when they are working.
We believe that learning is social; if you stop by our room you will see group work, movement, and probably lots of sticky notes.
In addition to the curriculum, what are some things you teach your students? Big themes for our team are: leadership, empathy, self-efficacy, and a collaborative mindset. Our goal is to grow learners who are not afraid of a challenge and creative thinking. Another theme in our room is our purpose – why are we learning the things we are learning? How does our curriculum extend and connect? These foundations of thinking help our learners create an intention for themselves.
What special project is your classroom working on now? Our team just finished up working with The Bookman on a window display. Our class was in charge of creating a display that would engage community members and excite them about reading and books. Our display is hanging in the window and there is one in the store as well. We went through a process guided by the creative sequence where learners work together and grow ideas for the display. My job was to encourage and facilitate – the creation was all theirs!
How is your classroom involved with the community? Community connection is a strong belief in our room. So far this year, our connection with The Bookman was an awesome start. Students are excited and interested in our community; I've received many photos of students in and outside the store excited about the display. Also, in September, our team researched hurricane relief and connected with a former Peach Plains Panther family in Florida to learn and grow ideas to support kids impacted by the hurricane in Florida.
Students decided the greatest impact would be words of kindness and encouragement. Our team wrote positive words and friendly notes to another school that suffered damages in Florida. These connections are so essential in young learners as they grow empathy and a heart for others.
How do you hope what your students are learning now will affect their future? This question embodies my purpose as an educator! My goal is impact and purpose in the lives of learners on our team; that our learning and experiences in room 20 inspire leaders, community connections, and out-of-the-box thinkers. I hope that our learning experiences create self-efficacious leaders who are excited about taking risks and know the value of their ideas and identity.