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Mrs. Shipman’s Classroom Edit display name

  • Midvale Elementary School
  • Midvale, UT
  • More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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When you are learning a new language, or trying to get a better grasp on the one you already have, you gravitate toward objects that are familiar. Blocks, building sets, and animals are all the same no matter what continent you're on. Building and creating with your peers provides a natural opportunity to practice a new language (in addition to problem solving, conflict resolution, visual spatial skills, etc) without the uncertainty that you may be put "on the spot". The autonomy and confidence a child gains when they can go through the whole process of constructing something independently or with a peer is something that simply cannot be taught by a teacher. The skills and language it takes to problem solve your way around a building that wont stay standing, or negotiating with a friend who has the blocks you need, are the foundation for perseverance and interpersonal skills that are crucial as a child grows older

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When you are learning a new language, or trying to get a better grasp on the one you already have, you gravitate toward objects that are familiar. Blocks, building sets, and animals are all the same no matter what continent you're on. Building and creating with your peers provides a natural opportunity to practice a new language (in addition to problem solving, conflict resolution, visual spatial skills, etc) without the uncertainty that you may be put "on the spot". The autonomy and confidence a child gains when they can go through the whole process of constructing something independently or with a peer is something that simply cannot be taught by a teacher. The skills and language it takes to problem solve your way around a building that wont stay standing, or negotiating with a friend who has the blocks you need, are the foundation for perseverance and interpersonal skills that are crucial as a child grows older

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