I am co-teaching with another teacher on project-based learning. A recent project has been with in 1st grade, where students are learning about how to produce more chocolate. This project has been interesting because this was the first time where students guided their own learning. We read a book together, then students learned about teamwork, note-taking and the differences between primary and secondary resources. Students are now at the point where they have gained all the information and are working on presentations. Here is one of the groups final project.
Saturday, March 5, 2016
Congratulations to this group of fifth graders. They were named Honorable Mention in Exploravision. This is a national science competition. Receiving this honor put their entry in the top 10%. The team developed a design L.T.3D. This is a three dimensional printer, aligned with a CAD software that will allow them to print working livers. They wanted to end the problem of people dying while waiting for a liver transplant.
Posted by Brandi Leggett at 7:27 AM
After Kindergarten students in Mrs. Davis's class learned about weather, she put them in different weather groups. I pulled the students, went over facts, showed them weather tools, then helped them create weather forecasts. Every student participated and was so excited to act like a meteorologist. Our local meteorologist, Gary Lezak is taking the time to judge them and provide feedback. It was a lot of fun seeing the students so excited.
Posted by Brandi Leggett at 7:03 AM
In a diverse school, one of the best things to do is find ways for students to celebrate their culture. In third grade, students need to understand traditions, immigration, holidays and geography. Instead of only limiting it to finding out why people came to Kansas City, students began studying their culture, understanding more about their ancestry. Students researched, created presentations, brought in artifacts, came in their clothing and brought food. Students were very proud to share their culture. It was a great way to make the learning very relevant.
Posted by Brandi Leggett at 6:58 AM
Saturday, February 20, 2016
If you guide the kids, they can achieve the expectations. In a recent project, this group of 1st graders read a book and discussed it. We talked about the main idea, theme and what a moral means. Students then had to rewrite the story identifying things they would like to be. They chose five to eight things, then followed the short five line format that Katalina Page used in I'd Like to Be. Students then learned about Copyright, using the Google Advanced Search to select images. They made iMovies, then they memorized one of their writings and chose an image to use when they recited it on the green screen. Next, students had to think of things they would need in place to help them achieve their goals. Finally, they presented their project to the Kansas Commissioner of Education, Dr. Randy Watson, the entire 1st grade, district admin, teachers, principal and their parents. The students did a wonderful job. Here is a website of their final project.
I'd Like to Be
I'd Like to Be
Posted by Brandi Leggett at 9:31 AM
Sunday, January 3, 2016
One of the best opportunities I have had is teaching in both a Title I school in an urban environment, along with an affluent school in a suburban environment. One of the common things is kids are kids. All kids wanted to be treated fairly, have high expectations for them and wanted to feel loved. All kids want someone to truly care they are present at school and care about their well-being. Here is a post I wrote about it:
Kids are Kids
Kids are Kids
Posted by Brandi Leggett at 7:02 PM
Friday, January 1, 2016
Miss Murray, one of the second grade teachers at Rosehill partnered with Andriotti School in Greece. The students created Christmas cards and wrote letters. Then, the two schools exchanged them. It was culminated with a Skype where students got to meet who they received their Christmas card from. They also compared and contrasted how they celebrated Christmas and the New Year.
Posted by Brandi Leggett at 6:14 PM