For the last several years, French American and International have focused on fostering new ways of teaching and learning based on latest brain research and the use of technology. Teachers and students are redefining how they work with one another to share ideas and information, and are continually exploring various ways to produce and
use content to create a more collaborative, creative, and
On December 11th, nearly 75 students in grades 2-12 had
the opportunity to demonstrate to community members the
new types of learning happening in their classrooms. At this
first ever Modern Learning Showcase, nine presentation stations were set up throughout the basement of 150 Oak Street.
At each station, three groups (one from lower, middle, and
high school) took turns showing their project or activity. Community members were free to roam the basement, visiting
their choice of presentations. And there was no shortage of
interesting topics to choose from! For example, a group of 4th
grade students showed how they created eBooks after their
class trip to a bakery, complete with combinations of photos,
videos, text, and audio narration. 8th grade students walked
through their class TED-Ed webpage, showing how the class
virtually discussed podcasts uploaded by their French teacher.
And several 10th grade physics students showed how they
collected data on their iPads to calculate indices of refraction
of several different materials. And that is only naming three of
the 27 total presentations!
Many attendees appreciated seeing students from across
the divisions of the school work side-by-side, and witnessing the great pride with which they all spoke about their
work! The night spoke to the creativity and adaptability of
our amazing teachers and students, and helped us all catch
a glimpse of some of the transformations happening in their
classrooms. It was a heartwarming, informative night, and
one that deserves to be repeated!