Before the school year finished, we asked members to share the “best thing to happen this year.” Throughout the summer, we will be sharing some of the great responses to lift you up, encourage you or just to make you smile.
The best thing that happened this year was hosting an author! We hosted Stephan Kozan for our upper elementary and middle school students. He was wonderful at keeping the students engaged and excited. He did a flash fiction piece with them and even the students who always groan when we write in class, wrote so much! The wonderful part at the end was a week later, he called the school to tell us he was going to publish one of our student’s work! So now, an eighth-grader is working a writing a trilogy with him and it will be published into a real book!! It was so exciting me for so I can only imagine how exciting it was for our students!! Jodie Langston, New Franklin R-1
We had just finished discussing energy pyramids in eighth grade. We were learning about how only 10 percent of the available energy at each level is able to make it to the next level of organisms due to the energy being used for reproduction, hunting and daily activities. We watched a clip of Planet Earth with a fox hunting a rabbit and he was hunting for quite a while and struggling to get the prey and one of my students had an “aha” moment and said “Ms. Phillips that is why only 10 percent can ever move on to the next level.” She was very excited to be able to tie lecture content to the video clip and I think that concept of energy being transformed into something else and or spent will stick with her. Christy Phillips, Canton R-5
I made a connection through my graduate research project that students learn better digitally. My second-grade class received iPads this year and took off. They taught me things I never knew! They are the ones literally connected! Mary Sue Mahurin, McDonald Co. R-1
The best thing that happened this year was hearing that two students I had worked with, advanced in their reading skills. One of them from one of my schools, I had worked with for a year informally after school just reading a book that was above his reading level, but he wanted to read it. We just each read a little bit and alternated. (no worksheets, book reports, tests, just reading together and enjoying the story.) This year he reads as if his life depends on it and he is on grade level.
The other student, at my other school, had also been low for several years. As part of my library lessons, I do a read-aloud. I could count on this young man to be listening with rapt attention. When he came to the library, we would talk about books he might like.
He recently was released from extra help at the ending IEP meeting with his reading level testing at ninth grade (he is in fifth grade). His mother said that she really appreciated the library letting him check out any book he wanted. Susan Needham, McDonald Co. R-1