Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Story Telling Collaboration

Mr. Hegg and I have been involved in a collaborative project for the last few years. His Middle School students take stories that I read to my students and turn them into plays for them to watch. We decided to take this collaboration from my years of teaching second grade and modify it to work with this class of preschoolers.

We have four books that we have read and will be reading again in the coming weeks (Wolves in the Walls, Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato, Rainbow Goblins, and The Hunter).  Mr. Hegg's Middle Schoolers will perform in the project room in two weeks.

Yesterday, one of Mr. Hegg's Upper School classes came and worked with our class to make pictures based on the books. This not only allows Ms. Carter and I to look at what the children understood and remember from the stories, but these pictures will then be used by the Middle Schoolers as set backdrops.

 One of the advantages of teaching on a P-12 campus is being able to easily craft these learning opportunities that cross the typical structured divide that happen in schools. The Upper Schoolers, Middle Schoolers, and preschoolers are all having the opportunity to authentically learn deeply in their own subject and developmental level at the same time.

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