Thursday, June 9, 2016

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

Well…we have arrived.  It is the last day of school.  We, of course, had a very busy and productive week.  We dismantled and cleaned our room.  We Skyped with our pen pals in Madison, Wisconsin, and shared favorite book recommendations for summer.  We practiced Ghanaian drumming with Alex from the Obo Addy Legacy Project and performed for the school.  We met with our first grade buddies and enjoyed a Popsicle snack.  We put on two fantastic performances of our play, Revenge of the FedExians.  A very busy week indeed!

Our play performance is perhaps emblematic of our year together.  We started by brainstorming plot ideas.  Kids worked with their table buddies to justify and narrow the choices.  We voted.  We planned together by creating a story map to sequence scenes, incorporate details, and develop characters.  We wrote the script by using the metaphor that ideas are like chains—we can link our ideas together.  We practiced.  We prepared.  We shared with eight other Lewis classes!  This is the way the kids have worked for much of the second semester.  They brainstorm together, feeding off of each other’s ideas.  They communicate and listen. They accept their roles.  They follow directions.  This was true when we organized the food drive. This was true when meeting with our first grade buddies.  It was true during our poetry project.  It was true during drumming class.  The kids have much of which to be proud!

And, once again, thank you for all the support you have provided over the year.  We couldn’t have done all that we have done without that support.

I wish everyone a very enjoyable summer!  As for me, spending time with Evie and our girls is at the top of my list.  I am sure we’ll take plenty of walks to the park for swinging.  I’ll visit with my folks and Evie’s folks, siblings, and friends.  I have projects I want to get done.  There’s that stack of books I still need to read.  Then there’s…

See you later!

Mark

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