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 challenge, the Grade 5 students conducted some research on different types of towers all over the world. They investigated different structures, how they are built, and the ways in which towers can serve many different purposes. After completing the research component, the students had to follow specific guidelines to build their own towers using only straws and masking tape. The students used the "Engineering Design Process" to plan, design, build, test, and improve their structures. This was an excellent example of how students work collaborative and creatively to solve all kinds of challenging problems.