This week, we woke up on Wednesday to a lot of new beginnings. In addition to the election of many politicians, it was the start of quarter two at Innovation Academy. At our school, this means that I’m now teaching two new classes, Homebase Gandhi and Homebase Edelman.*
These students were excited to jump into Social Studies! Even though they were too young to vote in this election, they have lots of opinions about what needs to happen in the world. They will vote for the first time in 2020. I asked them what issues they hope to vote for, and this is what they had to say (click each photo to see it larger)**:
* Why are some students just starting Social Studies? At Innovation Academy, Social Studies and Science are called Project Classes. Students have Project Class every day for two hours in mixed age groups. They alternate quarters between intensive project-based studies that cover either Social Studies or Science MA state frameworks. Our units loop on a two year cycle, and half the year we cover 5th grade material and half the year we cover 6th grade material. In the end, students get the same time on each subject as they would in any public school. However, their classes are two hour, project-based, mixed age blocks.
** Is it ok to show student photos online? This is only a small selection of the students because some of them haven’t brought back their permission slips. I always ask parents for permission before showing pictures or videos on this blog, and I also asked the students to let me know if they didn’t want their work featured for this entry. If any student or parent doesn’t like their photograph, I will gladly remove it.