We are a curious group of fifth graders living in central WI. We love many things about school. As you read our blog pages and comments, you’ll find out what kinds of things we love. Enjoy!
I have 21 years of experience in a fifth grade classroom (22 if you count the one year I was actually a fifth grader). I prefer the kinds of projects that incorporate skills from several academic areas, and when possible topics that are in the everyday lives and environments of the students. I also believe that students need practice throughout their K-12 education with thinking on their feet and presenting their work to an audience. While I often have students present things to their classmates, this blog will be an opportunity for my students to present their work to an online audience, receive feedback, and then to respond to that feedback.
Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences has long been my guide in choosing classwork choices and study options. Having students aware of this theory and then having them identify their own strengths among the seven Intelligences that Howard Gardner names, allows each student to be less inclined to compare him/herself to his/her peers. It also explains why each student needs to develop a unique list of effective study techniques.
Another area of specific interest to me over the last ten years has been how the brain learns. I have taken several courses and attended workshops dealing with this topic. My plan is to demonstrate to students that things like repetition, use of rhythm, use of color, and amount of information all affect the likelihood of being able to store the information in their long term memory.