My class is filled with second and third graders who are active and enthusiastic learners. Over 30% of my classroom has special education needs. The special learning needs in my classroom vary, but include dyslexia, autism, and sensory processing disorders.
Project based learning is a school-wide emphasis.
Students learn by studying a topic deeply so that they can make many connections and synthesize information. Students extend their learning by engaging in projects with a variety of entry points. We often role play and go on an expedition!
Recently my class read an article about buddy benches. A buddy bench is a bench that is outside on the playground. If a student is feeling lonely, left out, or they want to try playing with someone new they can sit on the buddy bench. This is a signal to other students in the community that someone wants to be included.
My students were inspired by reading about buddy benches and want one for our school.
This will be a powerful addition to our school community. This is a gift that will help young people navigate one big social environment, the playground.
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