Here’s more about this week’s featured classroom:
Teacher: Alex Talmadge
What makes your classroom special? It's really the students that make our class special. Their willingness to try new things, work as a team, being kind, and giving their best effort are just a few of the reasons why I'm so lucky.
In addition to the curriculum, what are some things you teach your students? We're so fortunate to have 1:1 devices at Spring Lake and technology allows students to be more creative and have more choice in how they display their learning. So teaching the students how to appropriately use the device is a big step but then showing them different apps that allow them to be creative has been really fun this year.
What special projects in the class currently working on? This year I've tried to connect with other classrooms and communities around the world. For example, we use programs like Seesaw and Flipgrid to connect with a classroom in Australia. Students are learning about the similarities and differences between Spring Lake and Loxton, Australia. They were blown away when they told us that they see kangaroos almost every day there! Because of this connection my students learned about the difference in seasons between northern and southern hemispheres. In the middle of January, they were just coming back from summer break. We've learned about Australian football which is much different than our football. Students can talk about books their reading and ask for help with math problems. It's been a great experience. Technology as opened up our classroom to learn from people all around the world.
How is your classroom involved with the community? This year was my first time taking my class to Little Lakers Learning Center to read and model their love of reading to the preschool students there. My wife, Hailey, is a lead teacher in a four-year-old preschool class at Little Lakers and she has Mystery Readers come in throughout March is Reading Month. She asked if we'd be able to come over and read to her students. The third-graders were fantastic role models to the preschoolers!
How do you hope what your students are learning now will affect their future? My hope is that my students come away with skills that help them work in groups and problem solve. So much of their future education and on will require them to solve problems and work in a collaborative environment.