Our classroom has a wonderful mix of 8 to 9-year-old students who are very social and love to learn new things.
Students engagement is everything!
So, I have found that they love to share ideas, ask questions, and conduct research for answers. Consequently, this is not a classroom where the teacher stands at the front of the room and lectures on an academic subject.
Students love to share their lives in the classroom. This means that much of student learning is acquired through real-life discussions and situational projects. The students are much more engaged when academics are immersed in topics that relate to their everyday lives.
My students are very social! They are most productive when working together with their peers in unstructured settings.
Students love working together while using markers and crayons to demonstrate their learning and creativity.
Ideas flow, students are engaged, and higher level thinking takes place when students sit together using markers, crayons, and plain paper to explain their thinkings.
Using art supplies allows students of all academic levels to participate in the learning process. Their artwork is a wonderful spring board for developing academic vocabulary across all curricular areas. For example, students love to sit in groups and draw pictures to demonstrate their math strategies. Literacy comes alive when students use drawings to illustrate their comprehension of read alouds and independent reading stories.
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