During the year, the students will be working on many higher-level problem-solving activities. In all three grade levels, my job is to both support and push students beyond the curriculum and standards being covered in the regular classroom. Each week, I will visit each classroom, and my hope is to inspire and engage every student in a variety of challenges and activities that will help to exercise their brains.
In addition, I will be working outside the classroom with small groups of students in the subjects of Math and reading/ELA. These groups of students will be selected through a multi-step process, and my task will be to provide an environment where those students with some common academic strengths can be pushed to apply their skills in new and exciting ways.
For this challenging activity, students had to work collaboratively to plan, budget, and research important places to visit during a 5,000 mile-long journey across the United States. The students had to budget for food, lodging, sites, driving, and gas. They had to plan a route that would enable them to visit at least 20 states as they drove from Springfield, Massachusetts to Los Angeles, California. The activity also involved a presentation, during which each group had to present their trip to the rest of the class. This activity required the students to apply a wide range of skills in areas like math, research, map reading and geography, as well as public speaking. They seemed to really enjoy this very practical, real-world challenge!