Here’s more about this week’s featured classroom:
Teacher: Kristen Christoffersen
School: St. Mary’s Catholic
What makes your classroom special? In my class I try to everyday do some type of hands-on activity. It maybe that we create a scene from a story using Legos, or explain how an assembly line works by using playdough, or discuss speed and gravity using Hot Wheels cars and tracks. My goal every day is to try to make my classroom fun for the students so that they want to come back the next day to see what exciting and different thing we are going to do next.
In addition to the curriculum, what are some things you teach your students? I try to teach my students that they are loved and respected by not just their parents and family at home, but by their school family as well. I teach them that when coming to school, we are a different kind of family where we love and respect each other. We are kind and respectful to one another, and we help each other out when needed.
What special projects in the class currently working on? We are currently working on a multi-genre writing project. We have a topic, a school garden, and we are writing several different pieces about a school garden. For example, we started out writing a letter to the principal asking if they could create a school garden. Then we will move onto writing an informational report about plants, write a poem about the garden, and write a short story about plants/gardening. It’s a different way to include several types of writing on the same topic. The students seem excited about it!
How is your classroom involved with the community? We create cards that are then put into the food baskets that are given out to the community at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter time. The people who receive these baskets really appreciate the thought and time that go into creating each card. We make about 200 cards each year. We also participate in food drives throughout the year and raise money for different causes.
How do you hope what your students are learning now will affect their future? I hope that my students will take with them a respect for themselves, others, and for their environment. I want each student to know that they are special and I want them to love that fact and to know that God made them special for a reason. I want them to know that others are special too and that they deserve respect and love for others. Finally, God created everyone and everything including the environment. I want them to respect the environment and the people and animals that live in it. We only have one earth and we need to know how to treat it with respect.