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Anonymous Super Power hints? Worth a try!

Hero of the Day: George Petmezas, Principal Mill Creek Elementary

Hero of the Day: George Petmezas, Principal Mill Creek Elementary School

In our Hero in the Mirror project, 5th grade classes are hearing from every day heroes as we search for our own “Hero in the Mirror”.  We’ve had people from all walks of life tell us their very human qualities such as  inspiration, compassion,  niceness, connecting, listening, encouragement, helping and others…and we listen to them speak about  how they use their qualities to make their corner of the world a better place.

As we do this, we’re trying to  look inside ourselves for our own heroic qualities…and that isn’t as easy as it seems.

I had an idea. How about asking each student to write down a super hero power quality that they see in each classmate? I had a shoe-box with slips of paper. All done anonymously. This is generally a pretty self-focused age, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The box filled quickly…almost too quickly. Did they give this thought? Did they just write the same couple things for everyone? Was this a bad idea? Would I have to fudge for the kids that weren’t popular?

As I sit here in my empty classroom, I am struck by the wisdom of 10 year olds. Most were spot on.  Here’s a few about kids I generally keep an eye on. They are usually alone on the playground…not included in groups…pretty quiet and reserved. Here’s what their peers had to say about them:

  • responsible
  • thinker
  • caring
  • brave
  • good-hearted
  • listener
  • trustworthy
  • understanding
  • fair
  • respectful
  • peaceful
  • giving

When something is real, you can feel it. I hope that these kids can read these comments and feel that as well.

Another step closer to the Hero in the Mirror!

Heroes that Visited our Classroom

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Genius Hour! Day 1

passion in the classroom

 

My 5th grade class and I completed our first Genius Hour today!

The projects they came up with were as varied as the kids. They actually made quite a bit of progress.

Projects were: learning computer coding, making a mini biosphere, learning about MRI machines, designing websites, creating computer games, designing and creating a dog collar, writing/filming/editing a short movie, learning about Figi by planning an imaginary trip, understanding the parts inside a computer, creating a robot, writing music, designing and building a better violin case, and designing a house.

There was a lot of tech, and then some plain old paper, pencil and tangible materials involved.

They hated to stop when the hour was over. The kids were thrilled to have the principal, George Petmezas, stop by so they could show him what they were doing.  The excitement was palpable. When you feel that in the air, it’s easy to see how true learning happens.