This year's theme is, "Making the Difference." We want to encourage our classrooms to include challenges that cultivate problem solving, collaboration, collaboration, and creativity. Maker's Spaces provide this opportunity. Teachers can create these spaces for students in the their classrooms as well as accessing our Innovation Lab for class challenges throughout the year. Our challenge in meeting the needs of students is to individualize learning and embrace their differences. At the retreat, our teachers worked in teams to complete a challenge. Little did they know, some were more equipped than others. The members of each team all have different experiences, talents, and passions. Working together collaboratively, they were all able to contribute in their own unique way to complete the challenge together.
Like teaching and learning, not every student starts on the same playing field. Some may be more equipped with certain talents and skills than others, but ALL students have talents. Allowing students to collaborate to solve problems is important to learning. Student-centered learning helps to break barriers allowing students to think differently to achieve a common goal.
Learning needs to be fun!
Curtis Elementary teachers had fun last Thursday night! A Team that plays together, stays together! We are committed to embracing differences in students' learning styles and differentiating learning for every child.