Ms. Straker is honored with the Creativity Trophy for her use of Design Based Learning. She uses hands-on sculptural projects to create conceptual bridges to the English Language Arts curriculum. Students used recyclable materials to sculpt the main character from the novel they were reading.
Ms. Lew was nominated by students for her creative instructional strategies including using creative visuals, puppet show, homework in comic format, creating songs to help with memorization, and turning lessons into games to make the learning more memorable.
Students nominated Mr. Salcedo to recognize his memorable physical comedy, demonstrating how molecules move by doing cartwheels around the classroom.
Ms. Gonzalez is awarded the creativity trophy for her work organizing GABFEST with the sophomore class council. The winter dance was transformed into a night filled with games, food, activities, photos, as well as dancing. To pump up the school and advertise the night, Ms. Gonzalez sang an original rap over the loud speaker during morning announcements.
Students nominated Mr. Merica for his humor classroom atmosphere, his use of students as props when explaining concepts, and his ability to balance classroom objects on his face.
Mr. B was nominated by students for his use of the hopscotch app, as well as real-world objects to model statistical concepts.
Students nominated Mr. Del Palacio for making learning engaging through music, video, and humor. Students created videos to make practicing and applying their language skills engaging. Del Palacio created and sang Spanish-language rap songs.
Students nominated Ms. Leyda for her use of creative materials to model science concepts; including bananas to represent people, chalk, play dough, and using yoga to help concretize anatomy terminology.
Students nominated Mr. Facher for his engaging classroom, singing and acting out literature to make it come to life.
Ms. Ho gets students to retain their math skills through activities that apply previously learned math concepts. Students have created board games, a paper tower from a single piece of paper, and played math games. Students report they appreciate the relevant ways Ms. Ho applies the math concepts to their daily lives. Students are excited to learn in Ms. Ho's active, engaging classroom.
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