Parent Teacher Magazine Union County Public Schools Sept/Oct 2018 - Page 17

Rea View Elementary students think critically and creatively in mock medical school On May 24, Rea View Elementary’s fifth grade classes were temporarily transformed into a medical school. Standing next to rows of tables dressed in medical scrubs and physical lab coats, dozens of fifth graders proudly presented their medical research papers and accompanying projects to a steady stream of visitors who packed into their classrooms. The “medical school graduation” was the culmination of a weeks-long focus on body systems and included a unique approach to learning that required the fifth graders to collaborate, think creatively, conduct their own research and fine-tune their presentation skills. “For the past few weeks, our students have worked in teams and researched the six body systems. They not only logged their research but also built replicas of the human body using normal, everyday household items that represented the function of all of the organs,” said fifth grade teacher Amy Bleakley. “They had a really great time because it required them to be creative and really think outside of the box.” Fifth grader Ansley Williams said she enjoyed having the opportunity to showcase her knowledge about the body systems to parents and local community members. Their replica of the human body included a circuit board which, the aspiring neurologist said excitedly, represents the brain. Another student, Ashley Murray, said she’s enjoyed the project so much that she is now considering a future in the healthcare field as a doctor. It’s moments like that, Bleakley said, that lets her know that the Rea View Medical School is much more than just a cool classroom lesson or project. Encouraging students to think critically and creatively has far-reaching benefits and helps to empower and instill confidence in all of the students. “When several girls came up to me and said they now want to be doctors, my heart kind of fluttered because there was power in that. You could tell they felt confident and said to themselves, ‘We can do this,’” she said. “But at the end of the day, I want all of the students to walk away from this knowing how to work together and collaborate as a team and create something that they’re all proud of.” Parents, stay positive! Triple P takes the guesswork out of parenting The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program won’t tell you how to parent — it’s more like a toolbox of ideas. You choose the strategies you need and how you use them. It’s all about making Triple P work for you! Triple P is now available to all parents in Mecklenburg and Union Counties, and is also available in Spanish. To find out more, go to Triple P – the positive parenting program to help every parent Parent Teacher Magazine • Sept/Oct 2018 • 15