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Classroom Spotlight: Ms. Blanchette, North Topsail Elementary

posted Feb 6, 2017, 9:40 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Feb 6, 2017, 9:41 AM ]
Classroom Spotlight: Ms. Blanchette, North Topsail Elementary

PENDER COUNTY – You probably won’t notice the sounds of dry erase markers writing, fingers tapping the keys of Chromebooks, and dice rolling across tables when you walk into Diana Blanchette’s classroom at North Topsail Elementary – at least not at first. What you will hear are the conversations students are engaging in about the curriculum.

“You have to allow talking, because that is how they learn,” Blanchette said. “They learn from hearing each other and talking about it. You get used to the fact that it is not going to be a quiet room, but they are learning and they are having fun. The games – they just love anything competitive. They don’t realize that they are actually practicing how to order fractions.”

During the math lesson students rotated from station to station, learning how to find common denominators in fractions and completing various small group activities. They spent time reviewing the lesson with Blanchette, played a math game with fraction dice, logged into Google Classroom to complete online activities, and completed a research-based Super Bowl worksheet.

After 15 minutes at each station, students moved to the next activity.

“They are able to hold their attention to what they are doing because know that they have 15 minutes to get it done and then they get to get up and move again,” Blanchette said. “I know after those 15 minutes who gets it, who doesn’t, and I know who I need to pull during intervention time so I can clarify any confusion they have.”