A Visit to Bannockburn School

Sarah Barnett

Sarah Barnett

Sarah Barnett, a National Board Certified Teacher 1st grade 1:1 iPad teacher at Bannockburn School, welcomed some DPS109 1st grade teachers into her classroom on November 12th. In a very short time, we watched Sarah guide students through a variety of activities, allowing them to demonstrate their learning in creative ways.

Students in Sarah’s room have a considerable amount of ownership in their learning. They decide where they will do their best work, with whom they should collaborate, and which iPad app to use to showcase their learning. The 4 Cs are embedded in everything that Sarah’s students do! We loved watching students use apps such as Explain Everything and ChatterPix to share their learning.

While we were very impressed by how adept Sarah’s students are at using their iPads, our biggest takeaway had nothing to do with technology. We were struck by how often Sarah let her students drive the learning. She truly steps aside and lets her students get to work!

I highly recommend following Sarah on Twitter and reading her incredible blog, Mrs. B’s First Grade. She is an EduSTAR!

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