Identity is a wonderful and natural place to start the year, as it involves self-examination, getting-to-know-you activities, setting goals, and (of course) recognizing that we are all alike and different. We will celebrate our commonalities, and glory in the ways we are unique.
The big ideas I hope to explore in the next several months are:
* How do people "see" themselves?
* What shapes identity?
* Is identity constant, or does it change?
I hope it is clear that we hope to foster process learning and active involvement for ALL students with diverse learning styles. Thematic units involve activities designed to cross several areas of curriculum, and build on students’ prior knowledge and interests. Plus, it is a way for us to build relationships between all of the classrooms, as there are usually several opportunities throughout the year to gather meaningfully in larger groups.
Learning in-depth factual information
Becoming physically involved with learning
Learning process skills
Learning "how to learn"
Integrating learning in a holistic way
Promoting group cohesiveness
Addressing individual needs
Motivating children and teachers
(Kostelnik, M.J., Soderman, A. K., & Whiren, A. P., 2004)