On Thursday, May 26th HKMS held it's Annual AAFA Show from 5-8 pm. Since this was my first year being a part of the show, I feel the need to blog about my thoughts and experiences during it. First of all, what a WONDERFUL night this is for all of the students, families, and AAFA teachers! It is such an amazing opportunity for everyone to see what goes on in the classrooms of electives such as Practical Arts, LEAP, gym, band, chorus, Tech ed, and many more. Most of my time spend at the middle school is in my own classroom. Because I am there for such a short block, I do not have the opportunity to see much. This night was an eye opener for me! I got to see all of the amazing projects and presentations from all of the different AAFA areas. I am truly amazed and proud of all HKMS has to offer its students. My own LEAP students were able to display a sampling of what they have worked on this year. As most of you know, I took a project-based approach to my teaching this year with a focus on Problem/Project Based Learning (PBL). Some of the projects that were on display (if you were not able to make it down to the Media Center) were Geometricity, Prime Putt-Putt, Spend One Million Dollars, The Roadkill Café, and YouVille. The students really enjoyed working on these authentic, real world projects and were very proud of their work. Way to go HKMS!
On April 28th, LEAP hosted the Annual K.E.S. Learning Fair. Over 30 students from grades K-4 participated in this exciting and fun event that was held from 6:00-7:00. Teachers, students, parents, grandparents, and neighbors all had a chance to roam around to see all the different learning that took place as a result of this event. Topics that students chose included dogs, chicks, the solar system, hockey, water pollution, Paris, and much much more. This event is always a big hit with all ages and is so rewarding for those who participate. All of the projects were on display in the hallway outside of the library for a week or so in order for students and staff who were not able to attend to check out the amazing projects. Below are a few pictures from the night. The bulletin board outside of the APR will display the other pictures that were taken that night. I am already looking forward to next year's Learning Fair!
Exciting things are happening with the 3rd grade LEAP group! They are at the beginning stages of a Project Based Learning (PBL) project where they are learning the be entrepreneurs and will be forming their very own friendship bracelet company! They will be traveling through the entire cycle of starting a business including designing, manufacturing, marketing, and selling their product. They will be required to keep detailed financial records as they go through the steps of starting a company. The students are VERY excited about this project. Yesterday, we began our time together by reading a story about a boy and a girl who start a lemonade business. We analyzed what happened during each phase of this and then we were able to come up with the "Driving Question" that the students will refer to as this project takes shape.
I will continue to post updates along the way on this blog. Eventually, the students will hold a Sales Bazzar, complete with commercials about their product! Stay tuned!
About Mrs. Williams
I have been a teacher is RSD 17 for 15 years! This is my 10th year as a L.E.A.P. teacher. I am excited to be working with the students at K.E.S. again this year, as well as HKMS for the first time!