After Week 1 of the Train the Trainers session with Jennifer Katz I was excited to share this new learning. I was fortunate to begin this journey with a grade 3 teacher in an elementary school where I work. I began with Block 1 Social Emotional Learning and the Respecting Diversity Program in the classroom. The classroom teacher was excited to implement Spirit Buddies and Democratic Classrooms. We did the online multiple intelligence survey and built the community brain.
We then spent some time determining what unit the teacher wanted to re-design. She chose to look at her Science Building Things unit. She didn’t feel ready to take on looking at both Science and Social so we started small.
I was grateful that we were able to tap into the wisdom of Jennifer Katz by emailing her at certain times in this journey. She was amazing at providing timely feedback. The teacher provided some of the instruction to support the activities that we created. We are currently rolling out the project work. It is exciting watching the students actively engaged in their learning.
The unit that we created will be stored on PHRD Connections shortly...just fine tuning it before uploading it!
For a flavor of the unit check out the Grade 3 teacher's website with the activities contained in the unit.
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