When I think about my class, I refer to the Star Wars quote, "The force is strong with this one" and switch it to "these ones." I teach in a Title I school with 92% free and reduced-price lunch and my students come to school willing to try their best. My students make me want to be a better teacher.
I have been fortunate to have taught for many years, but this year, the mention of anything that involves any long term, thematic projects lights my students' faces up.
Anything that has to do with hands-on lessons or activities, my students absorb it like sponges. I feel that a hands-on approach to learning will greatly benefit my students and their curiosity for learning.
I need various LEGO sets so my students can create a community where every student has an input on what is created. I will use this during class meetings as the main resource for community building, cooperation and teamwork. I will have the students create communities based on what they think is important. The students will then use stop motion software and voice the characters into video clips. By having this resource, it will give my students a chance to actually tell the events of their communities. My students will be able create mini communities and eventually chunk them all together so the story will be summarized through my students. This will benefit the students because the students will be engaged. I know that this project will definitely be the one that my students will be talking about for years.
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