Caitlin Maher's 5th grade students wrote artist statements about their sculptures after they completed them. Once they finished their statements, they sent them to Mrs. Maher, their LA teacher and their parent/guardian. Time to reflect is something that we could all use more of. I was impressed with Mrs. Maher's recognition of that fact and of the students's thoughtful responses. Here are some examples.
Lance Matus planned an engaging and timely lesson for his 5th Graders this week. The subject was: Should the Texas legislature pass the Open Carry Law that they are getting ready to vote on in the near future? He started with a Nearpod that contained the following:
After the Nearpod was completed, students were asked to write on a T chart whether they were for or against the law and then justify their answer. Once that was completed, they broke into two teams. One team was in the inner circle and one in the outer circle. The inner circle discussed the issue first. Each inner circle member had an outer circle member assigned to take notes on what they heard their partner say. The notes looked like this:
Once the inner circle completed their conversation, they traded places with the outer circle and the process was repeated. The conversations were fascinating and because Lance had done such a great job of prepping them for this event, the students were all passionate and knowledgeable about their own points of view.
What a great way to engage students in local current events, Lance! Thanks so much for inviting me to your classroom!