Some 8th grade students from Coleman Middle School worked with their teachers to create a Project-Based Learning (PBL) project for students at Chattahoochee Elementary School. The 8th graders worked two months on the project that focused on the rock cycle. When the lesson was completed, the 65 8th graders used it to teach students in nine different 3rd grade classes at the nearby elementary school. Teachers and students at both schools called the exercise a success.
“I didn’t think I would like to work with younger kids, but they were so excited to learn from us. I felt like a positive role model, and that was amazing,” said Sidney Wright, an 8th grader at Coleman Middle School.
This activity is just one way that Coleman MS is building 21st century learners who connect with their community. “Part of STEAM learning for Coleman teachers and students is to work within the community to create excitement and understanding of what we do each day,” said Cheri Jones, a STEM coordinator at Coleman Middle School.