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Education Rocks!  Air Guitar! Expressing Natural Kid Energy!


                                              Note to Pre-Service Teachers - How I structured my 4th grade class: 
The students featured on were expected to be creative, hard-working, responsible, and team players. They inhabited a classroom with 10 computers, 3 digital cameras, a Smart Board, a science area with bones and fossils, and a great view of Hannibal, Missouri from our third floor windows.  Also in this class kids worked with the Quest Atlantis multi-user virtual environment program from Indiana University (it completed it NSF funding period), performed Book Talks, wrote a Weekly newspaper, socialized in Learning Centers four days per week, played International Chess games, interacted on a regular project basis with Taiwan, Turkey, England, and Africa, participated in Kidlink projects, had blogging buddies via Classblogmeister, conducted math and science experiments, raised Monarch butterflies, and enjoyed their favorite Internet activity - the Monster Project

All of this combined to make a very very busy year. Kids were engaged in everyday learning, whether the teacher was talking in front of the class, or the kids were in Learning Centers - the basic feel of the class was Project Learning - always doing something.  We had standardized tests each year, but we did not practice or drill for the tests (and we always did okay at test time). Overall, the students focused on social learning, practicing how to work together and share. See the video links below for active learning in the lives of 9 year-olds.


  Audio Tour of Hannibal, Missouri by 4th Graders  


During our trip to Taiwan, a little snack of something on a stick in Danshui.
Facts/Vita for Mr. Smith

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Videos of LIFE and Learning in a 4th grade classroom

KHQA Interview- Going to Taiwan 

   Video Conference with Mrs. Black's Class in WA  

 Bald Eagle WebQuest  Classroom Management = Engaged Learners
Augmented Realityin 4th Grade

    Looking at Our Learning Centers

Using the XO Laptop

    Siberian Monster Project Video

Writing the Weekly Newspaper

    Kid Messages to Uganda

Videos England and Uganda - WIZ IQ 

    Roast Squid from Taiwan

One of Our Class Hikes - Rainy Day

    Tasting Vegemite from Australia

Classroom Chess Tournament

  Quest Atlantis - Friends from Turkey

Cameron's Poem about Testing

    Food Project with Taiwan

Re-uploading the ones below - technical difficulties

  Ready Set Skype: Teacher Interviews 

    Kids Building in a Virtual World: Quest Atlantis

Networking with Nintendo DS

    Book Order Search Game

Visual Learning Upside Down Face

    Landmark Project Documentary

Kid Photos from other years...

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