As a small magnet school within a large public school district, we take pride in educating the whole child through Adlerian Philosophy. We believe in teaching the 4R's: Responsibility, Respectfulness, Resourcefulness, and Responsiveness. We are currently celebrating our 40th anniversary, proving that our philosophy is highly effective with a diverse population of at-risk students.
Our program emphasizes character education, academic development, individual counseling, and exploration of individual talents through creative courses.
We teach core academics, yet provide enriching opportunities for our students to grow and develop. We go beyond the basic curricular focus, discussing and acting as productive members of society!
Who doesn't want to have a robot in the classroom? While robots may seem like fun and games, they teach a variety of 21st-century skills to students, while still enriching the required curriculum. Students will learn about coding through engaging problem-solving challenges that support the core curriculum. This year, I dove into Hour of Code with my students for the first time. While I was learning right alongside my students, we developed a love for coding!
Having robots in the classroom will encourage the use of critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration.
Our Wonder Robots can be used in literacy centers to engage children in read-aloud stories paired with written or typed responses. Furthermore, the sequencing of code has already proved beneficial for students as they are learning that the same logic used in coding is necessary for retelling stories in language arts. Coding challenges also engage students' working memories as they are able to follow multi-step directions in the classroom. We can also use our robots in math to solve challenges. For example, a game of robot basketball teaches students about measurement and variables as they must adjust the force of the launch and the distance that the robot travels toward the hoop.
While the possibilities are truly endless, I am most excited to see how our coding experience grows throughout the years. Wonder Workshop Dash robots are appropriate for our entire student population from kindergarten through fifth grade, giving students access to technology that would not be possible given the economic status of the majority of our population. Imagine the experience that these students will leave elementary school with if they have access to Dash robots over their 6-year elementary school career! By donating to this project, you will be helping over 300 students each year!
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