Grade 4 and 5 Passion Projects 2018

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It takes a village! At St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School, the collaboration between the media specialist, @baileypalm, the STEM coach, @robbinsimons, innovation coaches, @jennyd28 and @StacyLopezEDU, and myself, @ingewassmann, creates a time on our schedule where we can work with students in grades four and five on Passion Projects. Since January, we met once every six days for Innovation Time.

We used Design Thinking with our students to emphasize the learning experience, not the product. Each mentor took on five students in each class to guide them through the process. That didn’t mean we didn’t help out others who could benefit from our expertise. Students were free to explore what they wanted to learn about, thus giving them an opportunity to direct their own learning.

Yesterday, was our showcase with a real audience. Students spoke and presented with poise to parents, faculty, and fellow students to explain their purpose and takeaways. Watch the video to find out what these young students were able to do!

Amazing!

 

5.29.18 Tuesday Tips for Educators

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The school year is coming to an end and at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School our teachers use constant innovative lessons and units that are in line with our strategic plan and vision, never forgetting the whole child and importance of nurturing relationships. Creating a culture of trust and innovation is at the heart of it all.

Tip #1 What’s going on in your child’s brain when you read them a story?

In a media-rich society what are the effects of auditory only, animation, and imagery and voice storytelling? The author uses the Goldilocks effect to classify each one. One is too cold, one is too hot, one is just right. Which one do you think it is?

Tip #2 Strong Conferencing Practices Help Kindergarteners Learn to Advocate for Themselves

Michayla Bell, Kindergarten teacher,  shares her experience with conferencing. What stood out for me were her following words: “Regardless of the purpose of the conference, in order to be effective, trust is key, so I need to build a strong relationship with all of my students and be aware of their strengths and weaknesses. That sets me up to make sure my time with each child positively impacts their learning.”

Tip #3 6 Ways to Build a Culture of Empathy

Trevor Bryan and Rich Czyz from Four O’Clock Faculty  came up with another great visual sharing ways to build a culture of empathy, either in the classroom or in school as a general. It is all about relationships!

Tip #4 Classroomscreen

Customize your screen with needs for the classroom! Quickly get a timer, textarea, drawing tool, name picker, work symbols and more. Completely free!