To add to that excitement, we had some special visitors. Dr, Flores, Dr, Presley and Mrs. Gesch from our Central Administration came that morning to tour the Showcase.
Laurel Mountain was filled with energy and movement as the students set up their displays in the hallway around the office and library. They put on the final touches and got ready to greet our parents and visitors. Throughout that morning, each 2nd and 3rd grade student had the opportunity to be the docent for their enrichment cluster display. It was up to them to talk about the skills they learned, what they did during their eight enrichment cluster meetings and explain the significance of products and services they created.
As the students rotated in and out of their shifts, I had a few key observations. First of all, the kids were so proud of themselves and their work. The students became the experts by giving them the chance to educate others about what they learned. Second, we put the learning back in the hands of the students by having the "docent" format for our showcase. There were no teachers or facilitators at the display, it was all on the students. And they accepted this challenged and flourished.
Finally, the kids are passionate about their interests. It was hard to get around to all of the displays because the students just wanted to go on and on about their enrichment cluster. And who can blame them? When you are passionate about something, it becomes part of who you are and you want tell everyone about it. It made me so happy and proud to see our students so passionate about their interests and clusters. Creating passionate, productive, creative students is another way Laurel Mountain creates world-class talent.
And as they say, a pictures says a 1,000 words. So please take some time to enjoy the pictures below.
The "Creative Cooking' Chefs getting prepped.
The "2015 Reading Academy Awards" presented their "Golden Lion Awards"
The "Take One" movie directors shared their films.
The Passionate Painters showcased their incredible artwork.
The "Flying Lion Travel Agents" shared their travel plans to different cities from across the US.
Video game creators in the "Gaming Academy" shared their creations on Scratch.
The "League of Extraordinary Crafters" shared their Tomorrowland creation on Minecraft Edu.
The "Caring Crafters" showcased the crafts they made for others.
The "Sensational Scientists" shared different science experiments.
The "Help Save the Animal" Conservationist persuaded us to save endangered animals.
The Gamers of "Games! Games! Games!" shared reviews of their favorite games to play.
The "Animal Helpers" discussed all of the different service animal organizations they learned about and how animals help people everyday.
The "LME Energy Alliance" was buzzing to show off their different electrical creations.
Artists from "Up to Our Ears in Clay" showcase their pottery and sculpture.
Paleontologist share what they learned in the "Dinosaur Academy".
Pets lovers from "Fur and Purr" share projects they made for animals.