Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning. FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.
Action Step – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff.
Indicator of Success – Students and staff will apply existing knowledge to create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
This year instead of writing traditional biography reports, BFA second grade students demonstrated their learning in a different, more creative way. After choosing and reading their individual biographies, students conducted additional research about their person.
Their research included the person’s background, jobs they may have had during that time, special talents and a description of how their person made a difference in the world. Many even chose to include their personal opinion about the person they studied. These notes, along with one or two photos they had found online, were transferred into Keynote slides. Students screen-captured each slide to use as part of their iMovie project where they recorded narrations describing the person they researched.
Completed projects were shared within the glass as part of a gallery walk and links were made available for parents to view.
Overall, students gained a much better understanding of their person as a result of producing such rich multimedia projects. They were able to easily have a dialogue supporting the person they studied based on their level of engagement in each stage of this project.