Sometimes we get so wrapped up in curriculum, pacing guides, and standardized tests,that we forget that there is so much more we can teach our students. Or better yet, allow our students to learn.
As I mentioned in my last post, when students contact me, none of them remember how much math I taught them, or what they scored on tests. That's not the lessons learned.
Every Monday, during Morning Meeting,I share a Kid President video with my 4th grade students.A quick 3-4 minute video that engages my students, and starts their week off with laughter and/or a message.
It was the end of October, and we watched the Kid President video about Socktober. My students decided they wanted to participate. Of course, I said yes, but on one condition. I would be the facilitator, I would not be in charge. This was their baby!
I could go through the standards and demonstrate how they met a variety of them with this activity, but I won't. Instead I'm going to share the hard work they put into making this happen.
- chose a chairperson and created a committee
- turned in a letter with what had to be done and when it needed to be done
- wrote the letter to get permission form the principal.
- wrote a script and created the video( so cute!) that was posted in Smore and emailed to the staff.
- made "Socktober" posters and hung them all over the school.
- wrote a message that was read over the loudspeaker during Morning announcements.
- decorated paper boxes in order to create "Socktober" boxes that were placed in the front of the school.
- picked up the socks from the front office every day
- took photographs
- hung up names in the front of the school thanking the people who donated
- counted out the number of socks in each box
- chose another chairperson to head up sorting the socks by men,women, and children.(It was funny watching and listening to them figure out which box they should go in.:)
- COLLECTED OVER 400 PAIRS OF SOCKS!!!!!
- wrote the final thank you message to the school and read it during Morning announcements
- will present the socks to the representatives from the homeless shelter
And Most of All... cared enough about their fellow human beings to do this!
I am proud to be their teacher.I am happy that I was open to giving them the opportunity to do something that can't be found in a textbook!