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.
In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, the students were presented with a very creative engineering challenge. They received a letter from the owner of a company called the "Giving Thanks Company". The company works to help children and adults better appreciate and celebrate all that life has to offer them and all that they have in this world. The students had to work in small engineering teams to brainstorm, plan, and create a symbol that would best represent what this company is all about. They worked with many supplies and used their imaginations to design a 3-dimensional symbol that could best represent this company. The challenge concluded by having the teams present their symbols to the rest of the class and they certainly came up with some very creative solutions to this special challenge! Check back soon for a few photos of the types of symbols that the students created. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!