Several SDM teachers are attending the Teacher Academy, a program put in place for schools across Georgia where teachers collaborate with their peers about instructional practices. One of the practices was to organize a lesson to be taught by older students to younger students and to have this lesson published.
The lesson topic selected was fractions. Since fractions are taught across all four grades at Sally Meadows, it was decided that 4th and 5th grade students would create a lesson plan to teach to the 2nd and 3rd grade students. To teach the lesson, the older students had to think about the manipulatives they would need, what the students would already know, and what they needed to know. After the 4th and 5th graders spent a class period planning their lesson, the younger students came to them and were taught in small groups. The older students had to critically think about how to express their topic, and the younger students were engaged and excited to learn from the older students! The lesson was a great success and all of the students benefited!