Frankie Puckett – 2016-2017
Step on Me to Learn – Thinking Outside the Classroom
October 2016 Presentation:
Benjamin Franklin stated “Tell me and I will forget, teach me and I will remember, involve me and I will learn”. Retention of information is vital and for struggling students it is a deficit. Students who have deficits in working memory need to interact with information several times in order for it to get into long term memory. Classrooms do not usually have the time to go over the same content several times to ensure each student acquires the information. My goal for this grant is to provide inspiration to young learners through visual images and technology by making our school hallway a welcoming environment with colorful posters and stairway strips that teach, entertain, and inspire. Ultimately, I want to know if the information is placed in view on a daily basis will it increase their knowledge of the subject such as multiplication facts or sight words. Printer, Laminator and printing supplies (various types and sizes of paper). The aim is to support and reinforce teaching in the classroom by reminding students of key messages while providing a fun and colorful hallway display.
Teaching and learning should be clever and fun and it should be accessible to students everywhere, all the time. This project will be great visual cues for students which can address issues like self-esteem, motivation, and help provide examples of concepts covered in class. My plan is to not only put posters up in the hallway but install strips of words and/or math facts on sets of stairs inside the school. Students travel up and down these stairs multiple times a day, so they can’t help but learn by repetition. The strips will help students remember the word or fact and offer an extra study boost right before a test. The hope is that by seeing the words regularly students will become familiar with the spelling and make connections in the classroom and help students build on their academic knowledge and skills. It is another way to remember those challenging nines and power words. The strips/posters will be colorful and engaging designed to help improve student understanding; breaking down curriculum-based topics into chunks of information. The visual and attention grabbing designs hopefully will brighten up the hallways and engage all regardless of age, ability and learning style. Each stairway decal will aid learning for ages ranging from 4 years old up to adult learners. Whoever the target audience!
This project will definitely be a lot more work, but it will also been the most rewarding. I hope everyone will enjoy and learn walking up the stairs and seeing these little educational reminders. At the end of the project, data will be analyzed to determine effectiveness. Students and regular class teachers will be surveyed to obtain information about benefits of the project and suggestions for expansion or improvement. So why not take a chance and help create a colorful and engaging learning environment to inspire my young learners. The printer, laminator, and supplies aim to support and reinforce our teaching in the classroom by reminding the students of key messages while providing a fun and colorful display. It is hoped that the project will benefit both students and teachers in multiple ways and through these infographics; students, teachers, and visitors will absorb information at a glance and expand their knowledge about diverse topics relevant to education.