by Sarah: Yesterday was our second day in Buckswood School and it was our turn to conduct the lessons. We began the day in a 4th grade classroom where Niki, Kate, and Sarah incorporated a familiar and relevant topic, windmills. The students' goal was to choose the shape and number of blades to create a successful windmill. The students were very excited to complete the project and were able to do so successfully. After this we went into a first grade classroom. The students were curious and friendly, asking us many questions. We showed them pictures of Mrs. Holt's first grade classroom from the U.S and found that it was very similar to their own classroom. They were ecstatic when we asked them to help us find interesting things in their classroom to show to the first graders in the U.S classroom. Our next lesson, conducted by Polina, was with a 6th grade math class using games. The students played a logic game, and a game called Equalibrio. They loved the challenge of the games and many of them took it as a race to see who could finish first. Next we visited a 5th grade class and conducted the engineering windmill lesson again. These students were very on task and excited about the project. We had many successful windmills and much enthusiasm as each group watched their windmill begin to work. We were impressed with how fast most of their windmills were able to spin. We concluded our day in a preschool classroom. Gary showed the children pictures of Mrs. Kunkle's kindergarten classroom, and gave them a coloring sheet of the American flag. The preschoolers were very friendly and eager to talk to us.
My concentration on this trip was the use of technology in the classrooms. I found that while some classes made use of technology, others did not have any. In the science lab, there was a computer monitor on the wall where presentations were shown. In the math classroom, a board similar to our smart boards was used to conduct lessons. I found this board interesting because it has a special pen that did all the work. The projector displayed the screen on a normal chalk board, but the pen had a sensor that detected each motion. In the preschool room was another computer monitor used as a source of learning. Many of the students were using cellphones in the hallways, and one preschooler even pulled one out of his pocket showing us all of his games. Although technology was not always used in the classroom, the students still seemed very knowledgable about it.
We'd like to thank the young followers of our blog. They come from Mrs. Holt's first grade class in Raynham, MA, and Mrs. Kunkle's kindergarten class in Plymouth, MA. Mrs. Holt's class put together a slide show of what their classroom looks like for Mrs. Glen to show the Georgian students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDnCJc4sbo0. Mrs. Kunkle's class learned about the location and flag of Georgia from Mr. Parmenter, one of the BSU students on the trip.