Franklin Elementary School Hosts Student Showcase of Learning

Franklin Elementary School Hosts Student Showcase of Learning
Posted on 12/12/2018
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On Thursday, December 6, 2018, Franklin Elementary School hosted a “Showcase of Learning” for families and community members. According to Principal, Leslie Connors, “Every student, 4K through 5th grade, created something for the showcase. We had music, artwork, math projects, graphic novels, poetry, and presentations as part of the event.”

“The showcase is part of our effort to engage students in deeper learning,” explained Dimitrious Foster, Deeper Learning Coach at Franklin. “We want students to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways. It helps them learn to collaborate, problem-solve, and improve their communication skills when speaking in public.”

In preparation for the showcase, all 325 students selected an area of interest. They researched their topic and created a way to demonstrate what they learned. “There were lots of topics and students were very creative,” said Connors. “There were presentations about unicorns, natural disasters, garage bands, and face masks -- students were very creative!”

As families and community members arrived at the event, they were given a “Question Card” to use when talking to students about their projects. It helped attendees ask specific questions about the presentations. “Communication is a very important component of Deeper Learning,” said Foster. “Our students had to share their critical thinking with visitors and explain what they had learned.”

After families toured the Showcase gallery and looked at all the projects, they gathered in the gym for cake and coffee. “We are so proud of our students and our teachers,” said Connors. “They all worked hard and there was a real excitement in the air the whole night! Only a handful of students were unable to attend. Everyone was engaged in seeing how students brought their own learning to life!”