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Connected Educator Tweetup: Meriwether Lewis Elementary’s vision of Choice and Comfort

October 18, 2013
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Students need opportunity to choose to sit where they are comfortable and able to work to their full potential.

Today, the Meriwether Lewis Elementary School staff participated in a global tweetup.  With October being Connected Educator Month, the MLES staff wanted to showcase how choice and comfort have become common place in our school.  Below are pictures from todays tweetup.

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Choice in presentation tool: Not all students want to present the same way so they must be given presentation options.

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Choice in learning: students completing independent or partner research projects on topic of their choice.

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Hallway: Hallways are learning spaces not punitive places. This student left the room during snack so he could continue to work on his research.

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Some students need to be able to move even when they are sitting. Meriwether Lewis’ principal and assistant principal bought at least one of these Hokki stools for every classroom.

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Choice in presenting

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Tool Choice: At Meriwether Lewis Elementary, we are mixing Android and Apple products so our students can make tech tool choice decisions.

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In a third grade classroom, students are allowed to sprawl out on the floor in the cubby area. They are comfortably working hard.

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In library, students are using ipads and Galaxies to research, learn, make and create.

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In kindergarten, students are making designs of their choice and also choosing where to sit or to sit at all.

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In that same kindergarten classroom, some students are opting to create via Kidpix instead of with marshmallows.

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Next door in another kindergarten class, students are creating on the computer in seats that allow them to move and be comfortable. 6 year olds are very good at making decisions when given the chance to do so.

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Meriwether Lewis Elementary has an outstanding art teacher who leaves building tools out in the hallway for students to create with.

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In a third grade classroom, the students are sitting and standing while creating Greek amphoras.

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In that same classroom, the teacher has changed the lighting to increase student comfort.

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Choice in tools: In a second grade class, the students gathered natural resources and created wigwams.

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Students create in and outside the school…the creativity we see here happens because students are given opportunity to make creative decisions.

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Meriwether Lewis Elementary School is adapting hallways to enable students more comfortable and creative learning spaces.

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Math stations: This 1st grade teacher enables her students to choose which station is best for them.

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That same teacher creates word study menus to allow her students choice in learning.

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When given opportunity to have academic choice, students will work hard to learn and teach.

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Choice seating

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In this 1st grade classroom, the teachers provides choice seating by the window and that areas also serves as a creation station.

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Other students in that same class are creating throughout the room using stools they love.

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Kindergarten students build and problem solve using an assortment of resources provided by the teacher. They are building their capacity to fail as well as making decisions.

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Next door, this kindergarten teacher’s closet is open for her students to grab resources. Mi armario, su armario

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5th graders helped 2nd graders build a teepee. The teacher stepped back and let the students make every decision when building.

There were tweets from all across our school today.  There were tweets on comfort, choice, and combinations of both.  You can check out the entire tweetup here.

Today was a great day.  This tweetup offered a window into our school.  We are building and growing but in no way are we finished.  As a staff we are learning.  You can learn along with us by following #mlsstaff and our twitter handle, @MeriwetherLES.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2013 1:32 am

    Thanks for including this in your blog.

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