Eden Hall 6th Grade

Posted by Dr. Brian MIller on 5/11/2022 4:00:00 PM

Eden Hall Upper Elementary School Sixth Grade

AnnouncementsMorning Announcements
We did not even make it to homeroom today! We reported directly to the recording studio for a live stream of the morning announcements. There are producers (teachers), director (student), two anchors, camera director (student), camera persons (two students) and several other students operating the tricaster (switches camera), graphics (tied to tricaster and supports the news) and sound.

Forest Biome
Several years ago, the daily schedule shifted slightly for sixth grade to organize students in four-person teams. This shift emerged from an in-depth program review process to ensure that all students had ELA, math, science and social studies each day. This adjustment emerged in science but had a “ripple effect” on other classes. In addition to the academic schedule, this change also prepares students developmentally for the five-person teaming model in seventh grade. The Forest Biome includes Ms. DeRaimo, Mr. Goheen, Mrs. Holland and Mr. Shaulis.

groupMove-up Day Experience
By coincidence, today started with a move-up day experience. All 375 sixth grade students met in the Eden Hall auditorium for a presentation by Dr. Kristofic, Mr. Minsinger and several other staff and students of the middle school. Topics included: Schools to Watch; teaming structure; daily class schedule; lockers; transitions; academic support period; lunch; and more. The assembly included a video and presentations by several seventh-grade students. It was a very positive overview to help answer questions and take the “mystery out of the middle school.”

EXPLORE: Business, Computers and Information Technology
After the assembly, we transitioned to a shortened business class. Students completed an assignment related to computer science career exploration. Students select a potential area of interest and learn more about the educational requirements, soft skills, STEM skills and potential salary. It was also interesting to see the students work on the “keyboards with no letters.” Developing proper keyboarding skills is part of the upper elementary school curriculum and shows with students who can effectively type with a blank slate.keyboard and science

Social Studies
Students are finishing the last day of The Roman Empire reader’s theater. After selecting roles (those in togas picked first), the students read Scene 5. The essential questions for these scenes are, “Why were the Romans motivated to expand their empire?” and “Could the Roman Empire have been saved if they did something differently, or were they doomed to fail from the start?”Social Studies

The movement between classes and four-teacher teams really make the sixth-grade experience similar to the middle school. As part of the study of weather, students were placed in research teams for an activity to model a vortex. Each team followed a set of steps and made observations. At each point of the lab, the students developed hypotheses about the scientific principles.

English Language Arts
As a warm-up, students begin with some daily language and vocabulary practice. The learning goal is to analyze multiple sources of research to evaluate a topic. Students researched charitable organizations using both biased and unbiased sources. They are now creating a persuasive slideshow using the research. The final slideshows will be evaluated against multiple criteria. Ultimately, the “winner” for the biome will then serve as the recipient of an actual fundraising activity.

For some students, an extension activity during RAM Time relates to the study of Shakespeare and the dramatic presentation of a monologue (i.e., immersive acting and theater). Students learned about physical, vocal and historical characterization. To get ready for those presentations, students worked on character development during a “taxi/rideshare” skit.

studentsForest Biome Meeting
These “neighborhood” meetings are held at least once per month. As the first item, two students in each homeroom who have earned the most dojo points in the last month are recognized. A student from each homeroom is then recognized for a PRIDE award. The quality for this April was diligence. Students receive a certificate and round of applause. The remaining time was spent in follow-up questions about the move-up day assembly for the transition to middle school.


Elementary (K - 6) Wrap-up
Over the past two weeks, I have had the opportunity to spend a full day in each elementary grade from kindergarten through sixth grade and in each school. In addition to the teachers, I wanted to extend incredible appreciation to the following groups: principals; paraprofessionals; secretaries; custodians; bus drivers and monitors; food service staff; and other related service providers. It takes each and every person and role to ensure a positive and successful school.

This experience also gave me the opportunity to see the consistency of curriculum and educational programming across schools and classrooms. Each school (and classroom) has its own culture and personality. However, the curriculum, resources, technology, schedule, interventions/supports and instructional experiences are very consistent. The positive relationships and energy is so motivating. Incredible work!