This year, Carol decided to look at how her courses could connect her students to a much larger view of life and the world at large. Take a look inside her use Harkness Discussions to fuel a couple of her favorite lessons of the year as written in her own words:
"When designing this course (AP Comparative Government) over the past year, I tried to start by thinking in terms of the big picture: I'd be teaching seniors-- a new experience for me-- and I wanted to make sure that I didn't just teach them the content for the course. I wanted to make sure they'd have the skills that they would need in college or the workforce--and those skills needed to be transferable, practical, and something we rehearsed often." Enter: Harkness Discussions.
Read more here.
Take a look at Carol's other lessons and activities at her blogs below:
History Teacher, North Cobb HS
Join us as we profile five engaging and forward-thinking teachers throughout the Cobb County School District. There was too much to fit in these three pages, so be sure to click on "read more here" to dive into their lessons and resources.
Additional resources and documents for all featured teachers can be found here.
Mableton Elementary STEAM teacher Sean Splawski radiates excitement, and his students resonate with it. This year, he outlined a few different lessons that were hits with his students including:
Super Bowl Challenge (Electricity Investigation)
Build a Plant STEAM Challenge (First Grade)
Mableton's STEAM Garden
Sean's teaching philosophy in his own words:
My slogan is “Every day is a Fun Day!” (Since my first year teaching I came up with this and the philosophy I have won’t ever change!) I’m very lucky to be able to impact so many of our students and I love what I do!
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STEAM Teacher, Mableton ES
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Physical Education teacher Jenny Felix and her teammate Dave Ravenscraft have kicked up the fitness at Lost Mountain Middle School by introducing CrossFit. Learn more about this program in Jenny's own words below:
"Lost Mountain Middle School is currently starting up a CrossFit Kids program that will be utilized through the physical education program, as well as intramurals. Coach Ravenscraft and I obtained a grant through Cobb Tank and were able to purchase equipment and attend the required CrossFit training courses. We just recently signed an affiliate agreement with CrossFit and now we are ‘LMMS CrossFit’. What is CrossFit?"
Read more here.
Alexa Dean, Innovation Specialist at Tritt Elementary School loves making school an exciting exploration of content. In her work, she regularly uses tools such as Sphero, SPRK+ robots, as well as non-digital tools to support her students in the development of their "4Cs": communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Learn more about her goals for next year in her own words below:
"This year, I organized Tritt’s first Nedry Derby competition. Students were given axles and wheels, created their own car bodies, and raced their cars down our homemade track. The event was held for our 4th graders and was a great start for our first year. After realizing our successes and failures, I can’t wait for our revamped Nerdy Derby next year! I would like to incorporate 3D design and printing, as well as CO2 propulsion to take our Nerdy Derby to a new level. I also hope to enlist the help of our middle school and/or high school feeder schools to increase collaboration between our students. The opportunities to make this event relevant and purposeful, as well as aligned to standards on a variety of academic levels, seems too good to pass up! I have visions for this event to really bring together our elementary, middle, and high school community. "
Tritt was recently featured in Georgia Public Broadcasting's "Share Your Story" which can be read here.
Take a look at her blog here and her Prezi of her favorite apps ond resources here.
Health/Physical Education, Keheley ES
Innovation Specialist, Tritt ES
Sean's work can also be found online via YouTube and Twitter.
Read more about Sean's favorite lessons here.
You can see more of Sean's classroom activities by visiting his YouTube channel. You'll find:
Video clips of students working in his classroom
STEAM introduction videos
STEAM challenge videos
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Keheley Physical Education Blog
Stephanie Lawson and her teammate Donna Tramble have worked to establish partnerships and acquire grants to support their work to create a culture of healthy living at Keheley Elementary School. Some examples of these include:
The award of a $1000 grant by the USTA (United State Tennis Association) which resulted in the creation of mini tennis courts as well as equipment to teach students how to play the sport,
The award of $250 in grant funds by Jump Rope for Heart to promote jump roping and physical activity, and
A partnership with KIND who supplied healthy snack bars and gym bags to the school.
The bag and healthy snack bars provided by KIND were used as rewards to the winning classes in their annual "Straw Walk." This event, which consisted of two portions, an advance portion and a day-of event portion, created a game-like experience while encouraging students to walk, jog, or run. Students logged the miles they walked in advance of the "Straw Walk" event, and from there, the winning team was awarded a prize. Then, on the day of the "Straw Walk" event, the students invited family, friends, and neighbors to take laps around Keheley's designated run/walk path. To get a better idea of this event, take a look at pictures taken from this year's "Straw Walk" on this page.
PE Teacher, Lost Mountain MS