My students are passionate learners. Many days they learn by exploration and play. As much as possible I try to choose inquiry-driven activities where students can learn through discovery. When we read books, we become a part of the literary universe. When we engage in math activities, we apply it to real life. Outside of academic content, we are a classroom family who all share our triumphs and our struggles. Every Monday I call on volunteers who share their "highs and lows"- the highlight of the weekend, and the lowlight. If I forget to bring it up, they make sure to remind me! That's how much they love to share with each other.
Every day I try to show my students that learning can be, and very much is, FUN.
My teaching strategies are all about engagement and connecting with students. In my room relationships come first. I try to make sure that every day my kiddos come to my room feeling both identity safe and excited to find out what we will dive into next.
This is my fifth year teaching Greek Mythology to my students, and every year I try to keep things fresh. This year I was inspired by my love of inquiry and play to create Greek Myth learning stations. Students will play mythology-inspired strategy board games. They will use quality earbuds to listen to the retelling of myths through audiobooks. LEGO StoryTales will allow students to recreate scenes from famous myths, practicing the importance of story elements. Lastly, they will both read about and act as famous figures from the mythological stories.
Students learn best through play and exploration, and this project will allow students to do both.
Making learning fun every day is my goal, and these materials will allow me to continue improving my Greek Mythology unit resulting in deeper learning, while also meeting my "learning is fun" goal!
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