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As parents enter the building, they will quickly notice that each classroom teacher has posted outside their door student work product that will help guests see what each grade level team has been working on. Parent Sandra Banks said, “As a parent of a child in Ms. Karns' class this year, I feel strongly that visible displays of student's work in the hallway is positive and should be continued. I believe it evokes a sense of pride and accomplishment when their work is displayed. My child often shares with us at home when she sees her work displayed on the wall outside of her class room. It makes her feel that all her hard work and effort is important and can be informational to others. For parents or visitors who come to SVES, they can see what is being taught per grade level and how the students express his or her knowledge on a given topic or subject.”

Second grade teacher and grade level chairperson Shawnta Morrison explained what 2nd grade students have been working on and what guests can see on her classroom’s hallway display. “In Shared Reading, students were learning about homophones. Students located homophones within the reading passage, and we created a class anchor chart about homophones. Next, students worked with a partner to create their own homophone list in their Shared Reading Notebook. From this list, students made a homophone poster, in which they had to write each homophone in a sentence with an illustration to show their understanding.”

Second grade student Karalyn Nowocin in Ms. Morrison’s class said, “I made this poster because me and my class were learning about homophones. I made it by working with a partner and brainstorming homophones then writing them on the poster. I made sentences and drew pictures for each homophone. Also, I colored my pictures.”

Second grade student Riley Dang in Ms. Morrison’s class said, “My teacher told the class, ‘A homophone is a word that is spelled different but sounds the same and has a different meaning.’ An example is meet and meat. I made a poster to show different homophones.”

When describing what second grade students have been working on in math in Ms. Vines’s classroom, Riley Likes said, “You measured it on the ruler like maybe your roof was four inches long on both sides.”

Haileigh Underhill in Ms. Vines’s class said, “If we wanted to, we could draw grass, a sun, clouds and many other things.” Haileigh also described symmetry. “We had to draw each pair of two of the same color.”

Parent Greg Williams said, “I believe that the student displays in the hallways helps motivate the kids when they see people admiring their work. Kahree (in Mrs. Robinette’s second grade classroom) likes the feedback because it encourages her to do more and try harder.”

When asked does displaying student work positively impact their impression of SVES, parent Windy Parsons said, “I love being able to see what students have been doing in their class as well as what other classes have been working on.”

Parent Steve Parsons described the 4th grade hallway displays of Culture Grams. “I love seeing it. It demonstrates just some of the concepts that they have been working on in class. It is neat to see the the global thing as well. The different country countries that they have up and how it is tied into the world and not just right here.”

Culturegrams is a home-based project that allows students to celebrate their heritage by creating a small paper doll in authentic dress accompanied by a written narrative. Thirty-seven countries and continents were represented and include: Italy, England, Vietnam, Ireland, Rota, Ecuador, Africa, Mexico, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Poland, Dominican Republic, Russia, Scotland, Native Americans, Philippines, Cuba, Romania, San Juan, Rio Grande, Hati, China, Armenia, Sweden, Poland, Ukraine, Dominica, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Turkey, Nigeria, Holland, France, Greece, Korea, and India.

Written by: Kevin Vickers
Posted: Oct 07, 2014 by Kevin Vickers

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