Here’s more about this week’s featured classroom:
Teacher: Beth Bolhuis
School: Peach Plains
What makes your classroom special? Our classroom is special because we combine design thinking with the challenges in our curriculum. We have a collective resilient mindset in our room. We love to dance, giggle, and aren't afraid to make mistakes.
In addition to the curriculum, what are some things you teach your students? I have a strong belief in teaching my students resilience. We embrace our mistakes, and look forward to the chance to learn from them, and constantly challenge and grow ourselves. I work to model the fact that I am a life-long learner, and am growing alongside my students. I want them to understand that we can be confident in our abilities, and still view ourselves as works in progress.
What special project is your classroom working on now? We are doing a design thinking project to help solve an authentic problem for a business. We are a part of the Homegrown group and are working with Beacon Recycling. Our driving question is: How can we redesign a safer and more efficient entrance? Students will visit their recycling facility, work at the facility to investigate and brainstorm ideas to solve this problem, and then have a presentation night for parents and families.
How is your classroom involved with the community? We are partnering with a business currently, and plan to have future partnerships. We also have the Tri-Cities Museum visit our room and share Grand Haven's history.
How do you hope what your students are learning now will affect their future? My hope for my students is that they walk away with the mindset to push through challenging situations, have a strong sense of confidence in their abilities, and the drive to push themselves out of their comfort zones. I hope they leave this year knowing their second grade teacher is one of their biggest supporters.