My students need an easel with a flipchart to document our shared learning and thinking.
Shared thinking and strategies...analyzing results...giving feedback...this would describe our 4th grade class. We are learning about the world around us and learning life skills to ensure we find success in our future. We are a family of 9-10 year olds that care about each other and our community
Look out world!
We are a classroom ready to leave our mark on the world...that is our vision and goal! We are 4th graders learning to analyze, generalize, hypothesize, and synthesize. We believe in ourselves and know we are amazing, talented, cooperative, and kind kids. We wonder about the world around us, because we don't have many opportunities to venture outside of our neighborhood. We live in a high-poverty community, with limited resources and school is our safe-haven and where we know we are valued and given opportunities that will lead us to a better life.
Students will be able to use the flipchart easel to represent their individual or group problem-solving thinking. Being able to write or draw their representations on a flip chart, instead of a piece of paper, and to post them for future reference allows the thinking to be on-going. Students can compare and contrast their own thinking to that of their peers, use the charts as a reference, add to them when appropriate. What a great way to build a community of students that build upon one another's learning!
My students spend a great deal of time working in groups.
They brainstorm, share ideas, document their thinking, draw representations, and analyze different ways of problem solving. We have no place to hang chart paper or to do a presentation that involves using charts. A flipchart easel would provide a means of showing learning, doing presentations, and a place to gather, share, and discuss our thinking and strategies. It would help us build our classroom community of thinkers.
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