Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Board Meetings! TV News! Presentations!

May 2017: A Visit from Channel 19, Speakers at the Board Meeting, and So Many Presentations!

These last two weeks have been a whirlwind. As a teacher, I have gone to work excited and left exhausted every day these past two weeks. Not a bad kind of exhausted, but the good kind, that leaves you wanting for more, proud of your students, and longing for your bed all at the same time.

Last week, we had the opportunity to have Cleveland's Channel 19's Nichole Vrsansky in our classroom to interview myself and several of my students about our investigation of the ultimate classroom. I was able to share a little about the background of our project, actions the students are doing, our recently won grant, and tonight's board meeting. I was excited about being able to showcase all of the hard work my students have done over these last 6 months. It is something they should be proud of. As we watched the story today, it was great to hear the students point of themselves within the story and cheer for those who did a nice job sharing. Below, you can see Nichole's story on our classroom:

This evening, we got to continue this excitement and action with a presentation to the board of education. My job at the BOE meeting this evening was relative easy. I introduced the kids. The presentations, prep work, and creativity belongs to them. Our presentation began with Kevin and Luke. The worked tirelessly for two weeks prior to the board meeting to prepare a photo story of our journey. Even though nervous, they did a phenomenal job of sharing about our journey. They had the opportunity to share a book of all of their research papers and invite the board to our final presentation. 

Following their presentation, Dana presented her action project to the board of education. Currently, Westlake is in the process of planning a new elementary school that will open in the year of 2020. After doing a lot of research, Dana chose furniture she recommends that the board consider for the new elementary building. She shared that she is most excited about the extended learning areas within the new elementary school. Another thing in Dana's presentation that I was very impressed with was her talk of two of her classmate's action projects. Two other ladies in the class, put a great deal of time and research into designing learning environments for students in wheelchairs. Dana included some recommendations for students in wheelchairs within her presentation. In the end, it was a good night and I am beyond proud of the ladies and gentlemen who shared during both presentations.

If you are reading this post and able, we invite you to our final presentation on June 1st from 12:30-2:00 in the gym at Bassett Elementary in Westlake, Ohio. See the Canva invitation below design by two boys in our class.