BFA 6th Grade Presents Geography Learning to Peers

Target 2. Leadership in a Student Centered Learning Environment– FWSU will foster development of teacher & student leaders who provide innovative opportunities for local and global student-centered learning.

Action Step–Develop learning habits, communication and problem-solving skills necessary for collaborative learning and leadership.

Indicator of Success – Teachers embrace role of coach, facilitator and co-learner in a student-centered learning environment.

The world is a big place for middle school students!

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In order to get a firmer grasp on the concept of absolute location, which is one of the 5 themes of geography, BFA 6th Graders were recently welcomed back by Elementary 5th Grade teachers. Students presented procedures on the use of latitude and longitude for finding locations around the globe. 

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The 6th graders created presentations with the Explain Everything app on their iPads which detailed the procedure of how to find exact locations. Maps, text, voice recordings, and laser pointers all helped students to prepare their procedures.

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Presenting to an authentic audience (and a few old friends!) really helped students’ understanding of key geography concepts. The 5th Grade teachers were very supportive, enjoyed seeing their former students in a “teaching role”, and reported on the positive feedback they received from the 5th Grade classes.

This is just one of the ways that student learning is enhanced through leadership. In a leadership role, students have the opportunity to collaborate with others, present their learning to authentic audiences, and foster a positive learning environment in our schools. 

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