“If you can teach it, you understand it.” ——Barbara Cippolloni
This is the philosophy that led 较低的学校 teacher Barbara Cippolloni ‘72 to create a Literacy Showcase experience for her second grade students. 在这个项目中, students work in partners to dig deeply into one element of literacy they have learned this year. They prepare a lesson to teach their audience skills and strategies that include reading, 写作, 听, 和口语.
“We got to be teachers to our own parents!” ——Jenna A.
One of the most joyful parts of this project is when the students discover that their audience will be their parents. A-Z图书馆 & Learning Commons comes to life with second graders ready and waiting for their parents to arrive and become their students. 父母 move from station to station, 一路学习, and getting an opportunity to practice many literacy skills.
“It surprised me at how good the parents knew adjectives. They must have paid attention when they were in school.” ——凯拉·B.
It was a busy morning for parents! In one group, you could find parents searching for non-fiction text features in books. 在另一组中, parents learned about activist Malala Yousafzai and wrote about their own hopes for the future. 父母写诗, 读自传, used technology like Canva and stop motion, and practiced diagraming sentences.
Each year, several new stations are created in response to timely events. This year, GA’s new Health and Wellness Center led to the creation of construction journals. From their vantage point in McLean Hall, 较低的学校 students saw first-hand the daily progress of the project. They drew pictures and wrote in their journals about the evolution of the building during the school year.
“孩子们拥有它.” ——Barbara Cippolloni
学生 take real ownership over their stations, delivering their lesson to nine different groups throughout the morning. 通过经历, they are tasked with working closely with a partner to develop the plan for their lesson. Teachers see an increase in self-confidence, 流利, and a growing understanding of how to be engaging with their audience. The project builds parent partnership as parents experience first-hand the skills their children are working on in the classroom.
This culminating literacy showcase is a great way to highlight the literacy program at GA and celebrate all the growth children have made as readers and writers in their early childhood literacy journey. As the event wraps up, the pride is evident on the faces of both the students and their parents.