This class and these students work together like family. Sometimes we don't always agree with each other, but in the end we always support each other to the fullest extent. This is an incredibly valuable attribute for a class to have, especially since we consistently engage in Socratic Seminars and Lincoln-Douglas style debates. My students know how to speak to each other respectfully, academically, and purposefully.
This classroom is family.
Students are always pulling for each other; looking for ways to improve the abilities of the class as a whole. I have some of the most positive students who are always trying to meet my motto to go forth and make the world a better place. I love hearing them come back to my classroom to tell me what awesome or kind things they did at school today.
I have a diverse class of students from cultures all over the world, some of whom have just recently arrived from far away places like Brazil, England and Iran. I also have a student with dysphasia, three students with autism, seven English language learners, and three students with learning disabilities.
Our classroom focuses a great deal on learning and memorizing important details about the American government and its Constitution. Most kids tend to find rote memorization boring and difficult. By allowing us to create a competitive game out of memorization, we can encourage students to push themselves to learn more than they may have ever been capable of doing before.
This project is a great way to engage reluctant learners by transforming the process of studying into a social, and team oriented game.
With your help, my plan for our classroom is to create a Constitution Competition in which my students will be able to challenge students from other classrooms to a game show-like showdown testing their comprehension of components of American government. Students will train over the period of a month to prepare for the big show by training on these buzzers so that knowledge of the Articles and the Amendments and laws become second nature. By then end of the month, I will host the Constitution Showdown in which students from opposing classes can sit across from the table, and be the fastest to buzz in to answer some of America's most important questions.
In the future I would like to see this become a school-wide competition that utilizes these very buzzers to inspire a new generation of educated Americans!
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