Recently I learned a new bit of data that the way to ensure students THRIVE in the classroom involves three components. Presenter @bobtryanski used data from SEARCH Institute to share their years or research. The gallery above shows the first one "Spark."
My students would not hug so tight, cry when leaving my room or miss me without a little Spark. Every year our 2nd Grade students are exposed to sciences, math, reading, art and just plain fun! These are meant to IGNITE passion for school. Whether I am showing them the force of gasses on a jar full of water, learning to tame the purple claw menace or sharing our reading apps with stuffed animals this is our goal.
Learners need 3 adults to share an interest encouraging them with words as simple as, "Give it a shot, You might be good." These adults have to be outside of the parental spheres. Almost every spark has at least ONE from school. I hope to be that one.
The final component is providing them an outlet to stretch this out. Personally, I give 4th graders the shot at photography and graphic design in Yearbook Club. This is one of my passions as a professional artist. Imagine what your life would be like if no one gave you a shot or let you experiment on trying new things out!
I can remember the worst shot I took before I went into teaching.
I was a door-to-door salesman for one day.
Suffice it to say it was BAD. However, I learned quickly sales was not for me.
Help your own learners THRIVE, be the ADULT who makes a difference and give them the OPPORTUNITY to show their SPARK!
I am a 2nd Grade teacher with years of experience in digital editing and film. I have a 2nd Degree Black Belt, am a professional wedding photographer, and instruct fine art painting classes.