Here’s more about this week’s featured classroom:
Teacher: Caitlin Sternik
School: Griffin Elementary School
What makes your classroom special? Our classroom is special because it is a welcoming and comfortable place where we all can learn. We all work together to get better. Each person in our classroom brings something special and we use that to help us each grow.
In addition to the curriculum, what are some things you teach your students? We work on how to be good friends to each other along with how to be good citizens. We also work a lot on having a growth mindset (empathy, persistence, resilience, flexibility, and optimism). I want them to know how to learn to their best ability and not just learn the information.
What special project is your classroom working on now? We are doing an experiment with plants and learning what they need to grow. We are testing different combinations of what plants get or don't get. For example one set of plants gets water, air, and sun. Another set gets only air, etc. The kids are loving seeing the changes that the plants are making.
Another project we are working on is a poem book. We are learning about different kinds of poems and writing our own. At the end of the project, each student will have their own poem book with their own personal poems.
How is your classroom involved with the community? Throughout the year we have had some great opportunities to work with different people in the community. For example, the Grand Haven Historical Museum taught us lots of great history and we are looking forward to visiting the museum to learn even more. We have also worked with some dental programs to educate students about how to better care for their teeth, which leads to better health. We also look forward to learning from the staff at the Outdoor Discovery Center later this year. We have loved all of the learning experiences we have had this year from our community!
How do you hope what your students are learning now will affect their future? I want my students to know how to learn and keep on trying no matter how hard something might be. I want them to know how to be great citizens. Life brings about challenges and I want them to know how to solve them and not give up.