Classroom Partnership Exchange (February 2016)
Grade 2 students, teachers and families from Forest Lake Area Schools and St. Paul Public Schools kicked off their Classroom Partnerships experience with Exchange #1 at Wellstone Community Center on January 12 and 14. The students were highly engaged in lessons about art and music by making collaborative art together and various ways to tell a story. Grade 2 will see each other again in March at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
"My students loved every minute of yesterday. They enjoyed learning and making connections with the partnership school. I felt the activities were hands on, minds on, and hearts on. Students were engaged in every station. I learned new CRT strategies to incorporate into my classroom. Students were excited about learning about collaboration and cooperation. Students also learned new vocabulary using hands on strategies. The lessons were well prepared. I also felt that my students found a sense of community and safeness. Students were able to tell their own stories and made connections with others. My students continued to talk about story structure and story elements. My students came into the classroom today asking to see their new friends today!"
Grade 1 students and teachers from Spring Lake Park and Forest Lake Area Schools kicked off their Classroom Partnerships experience with Exchange #1 at Wellstone Community Center on January 20th and 21. Students focused on literacy as well as learning about different cultures and race by interacting with various texts and art projects. Grade 1 will see each other again in March as they visit each other's schools to learn about similarities and differences between the two sites.
A Lesson in Empathy
You may have heard of the story of MN Viking’s kicker Blair Walsh visiting a school at Spring Lake Park district, after the they lost the game 10-9 against the Seattle Seahawks. After missing the field goal, that was needed to win the game, Walsh got a lot of heat from people across the U.S.
First grade teacher, Sarah Myhre at Northpoint Elementary, was inspired by a lesson on empathy at the Classroom Partnership Teacher Professional Development, had her students reach out to Walsh. Ms. Myhre taught her students about empathy, and had them send cards and pictures to Walsh showing him kindness.
Walsh was so moved by the cards and pictures from the students, he pushed his flight back an extra day so that he could visit their school. The students enjoyed their visit from Walsh, and have a better understanding how small acts of kindness and empathy have a positive impact on others.