Genius Hour, Passion Project, 20 percent time...whatever you call it it's about the Love of Learning. At Piedmont we call it LOL and it happens every spring.
For the 4th year in a row, 6th graders showcased the information and skills they gleaned from their 6th block independent study time to their classmates, families, and teachers and once again we were amazed at the talent, dedication, creativity and diversity of interests of our class.
Thank you to the sixth grade teachers who each year braves the messiness that comes with student-driven learning. Thank you to the sixth grade students who shared with open arms just a little of what they love. You can tell it was all worth it when you see the proud and happy smiles in this video.
New club Receives Grant for SMoothie Nutrition
Thanks to a Donors Choose grant and your community support , the new Piedmont Healthy Living club is offering a special Friday perk. Starting today, the club now serves delicious and healthy smoothies to staff. The club was founded by Health Teacher Garrison Cherry in conjunction with School Nurse Gina Mallay.
Mr Cherry says, "Students came up with recipes, tested them out during clubs, researched the nutritional benefits, and run the whole operation."
Thank you so much to Mr Cherry and Nurse Mallay for your passion for keeping Piedmont healthy and teaching students good nutrition in a fun way! Students, we are so proud of you and appreciative!
The project will continue to develop throughout the year and donations are accepted. #piedmontyouknow #cltfoodie #clthealth #schoolhealth #healthybreakfast #smoothie #drinkyourgreens💚 #nced @cmsschools
PieDMONT TEAMS Compete AT OM REGIONALS
The "Iits Time OMer" team pretended to be time travelers looking to discover the inspiration for great works of art. The travelers went back and forth in time to inspire two classical artists and a team-created artist from our future. telling how the three works of art positively impact the world.
Both teams have met regularly since October to write and practice a completely original 7 minute skit for the event. They even made their own props. In additon to their original performances, both teams also scored highly on the spontaneous part of the competion.
Congratulations to this creative bunch and to their coaches Paul Reali and Monique Dedaux!
For the third year in a row, Piedmont hallways have been taken over by flashmobs, furry critters, and student creations as our sixth graders engaged in a choice-driven genius-hour project called "Love of Learning."
Students had a class period over the quarter to explore a topic of interest to them in greater detail and then to share their new knowledge and skills as well as learn from others at the annual LOL showcase.
I first wrote about the innovative PBL we call "love of learning" last year, but the best way to learn what genius hour is all about it is to watch these videos and hear first-hand:
The gym has transformed into a civil rights museum, with exhibits designed and created entirely by 8th grade history students. Here are a few of the projects
For the second year in a row Piedmont 8th graders have built their own Civil Rights Museum. This year the museum was visited by two distinguished leaders of the civil rights movement, Mr. Harvey Gantt and Rev. Dr. Jesse Douglas. Please read more about their historic visit and advice here, however the students work is the star of this post:
The photos speak for themselves as students did not shy away from topics that are hard, nor did they dumb down or sugar coat the era into a simplified story that makes it all seem easy. Hats off to the 8th grade social studies team for their leadership in the value of a true and deep study of the past.
Celebrating Piedmont : a blog of Happy Happenings
"Celebrating Piedmont" logs only a small fraction of the learning magic the teachers of CMS' Piedmont Middle School, an IB World School. create daily. In that sense, it is authored by all the staff and students of Piedmont. It is curated by Ms. Gurthie who can be reached at the icons above. She'll be happy to brag about Piedmont's teachers and students any chance she gets! Please note this blog has only just begun and we have so much to show off! Come back again soon!