Here’s more about this week’s featured classroom:
Teacher: Ashleigh Overbeek
School: Holmes Elementary School
What makes your classroom special? I continue to be amazed with this class each and everyday not only academically, but how they treat one another and myself. They embrace any challenge I give them and yearn to grow everyday! The environment in this classroom is always positive and it can be felt by all who enter.
In addition to the curriculum, what are some things you teach your students? I want my students to know they are valued, so we do many lessons that require the students to think positively about each other and let their classmates know what they appreciate about them. In addition to feeling valued, we are lucky to have our principal teach us how to slow down and breathe by coming in and doing brain lessons with us. It's important for students to slow down throughout their busy lives and take a breath.
What special project is your classroom working on now? My students are currently working on an animal research project, combining everything we have learned in our reading and writing units this year. They will then present their research to the class and teach us about their animal.
How is your classroom involved with the community? Earlier this year, this class made a goal to collect 100 items for the children's basket and exceeded that goal, resulting in them silly stringing the teacher (me).
How do you hope what your students are learning now will affect their future? My hope is that this class takes what they are learning in this classroom and goes out and makes a difference in the world. My goal this year was to not only teach but to inspire these kids to be the best person they can be in the classroom and out in the world. I am convinced that all 20 of these kiddos will make a great impact in the future.