Friday, May 10, 2013

Learning Conversations

We continued our project with fifth graders this week through a collaborative effort with CHMS teacher Mr. Peterson. It is pure joy for me as a teacher to watch the work between students in different grades!

This week I was struck by the value of multi-age conversations. For older students this is a chance for them to guide students ( I think the picture of the student helping another to shape their building material captures this better than words could). For younger students they are given a chance to have a voice, and they show pride and thoughtfulness in their contributions. I am really impressed with the ability of students to listen to each other! Students are building models, but they are also building a collaborative environment for learning through excellent conversations.

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