Over the course of this school year 4th and 5th grade students have learned how to play volleyball, basketball and soccer. Over the past few weeks we have had the privilege of testing our soccer skills on a real field right around the corner from the school. This past Monday, we walked over to the fields and practiced corner kicks and shooting penalty kicks. After this little warm-up we split into two teams and scrimmaged. Ever single student hustled and tried their best during this game. Allison and I were both impressed with the entire groups level of sportsmanship and resiliency during the scrimmage!
This week we finished up our final Literary Essay writing unit. After closely examining one novel of their choice (that we have read this year), writing thesis statements about the characters, and composing an essay with three supporting reasons, the class was then presented with another challenge. Students were tasked with picking two books and then writing a literary essay where they compared and contrasted the two books.
One thing that has been unique to TCS since its beginning is that the students’ thoughts and opinions are taken into consideration when problems are presented to the school. Students helped create the Peace Wheel and gave input into what the form and function would be of the addition that was built onto the classroom building. This week the idea of “Design Thinking” was explained to 4th Grade in hopes that they would be able to help with the problem of the garden boxes not being kept neat, tidy and healthy. Design Thinking sets the stage for student teams to explore characters and problems within in a situation. There are six steps to this process; empathy, define, ideate, prototype, test, and iterate. We have completed the empathy process, the define process, and have begun to ideate!