Quality instruction requires students to think deeply and connect ideas, no matter what their age. Consider this recent example from Hoosier Road Elementary School:
My fourth grade high ability class is studying patterns of change in language arts. In class we read an excerpt of Maya Angelou’s “On the Pulse of Morning” and discussed how the language of the poem reflected our nation’s changes and the author’s challenge to inspire change in the citizens of our country. As a follow up, the next day students watched an embedded video posted to Blackboard and read the full text to gain further appreciation of the poem. Students then posted journal entries about their new reflections after seeing and reading the full text. Students also read and responded to their classmates’ entries.
Submitted by Brad Striegel, Hoosier Road Elementary, Fourth Grade