Recently seventh grade students participated in a lively debate where they renegotiated the Treaty of Versailles.
The Treaty of Versailles was one of the most important peace treaties that brought World War I to an end.
After spending time studying WWI and learning of it’s historical importance, students then got a first hand education on all the important factors and country interests in securing a peace treaty. This process allowed students to better understand what factors were at play that caused the war and the difficulties in ending it.
Sixth grade students recently just finished literature circles. Literature circles like book clubs. The intent of a literature circle to allow students to practice and develop the skills and strategies of good readers.
After the books were finished, students created original board games based on the novels they read.
The Learning Center Charter School is celebrating making of
all kinds at their 5th annual School Maker Faire on Thursday,
March 12 from 3:30 – 6:30.
Maker Faire, an official brand and trademark
for this worldwide phenomenon, is a celebration of invention, creativity, and
resourcefulness. It’s a place to show what you’ve made and to share what you’ve
learned with others. Schools host Maker
Faires because they are a perfect combination of part science fair, part county
fair, and part something entirely new. School Maker Faire exhibitors, or
“makers,” are primarily students—either as individuals, clubs, classes or
groups. And Maker Faire exhibits can be from any discipline — from science to
art to gardening to engineering to craft.
within the community are invited to have booths featuring their own unique
there will be hands-on activities, demonstrations, and delicious food available
for purchase. Students in 4th-8th
grade will be selling spaghetti dinner tickets to raise funds for their respective class trips.
Bender, organizer for the School Maker Faire, said “People in our community are
inherently curious and creative. Given the space and opportunity to build and
create, they do and we invite you to come out to witness the awesome things
added that having makers from the community sharing and interacting with the
young people make the event truly special.
Learning Center is an official host of the fifth annual School Maker Faire open
to the Murphy area and is looking for Makers to join the festivities. The event
will be held at the school on Thursday, March 12th, from 3:30 – 6:30
Visit www.naturallygrownkids.org/school-maker-faire to learn more and sign up
to be part of this event.
Every semester, we present a different choice of electives to our 5th-8th grade students. Offerings can vary wildly, but our focus in electives is always to give students a place to apply the skills they are learning during the academic day in a fun way.
Offerings have included Aquaponics, Pottery, Art & Design, Web Design, Drama & Theater Arts, Knitting and Crochet, Hiking, Forest Management, Puppetry, Primative Skills, Coding, Chess, Cooking, Robotics, Choral Singing and many more.
Students at The Learning Center Charter School are no
stranger to the use of state-of-the-art technology as part of their every day
learning experiences. The school has 3D
printers in several classrooms, Smart Boards in every classroom, computers and
laser printers available to every student, and more.
The school has cultivated an E-STEAM environment where students
learn using a variety of methods, tools, and techniques. E-STEAM stands for entrepreneurship, science,
technology, engineering, arts & agriculture, and math.
Head of school, Ryan Bender, said, “We use technology as part
of our inquiry-based learning approach and have found that students gain a
deeper understanding of a subject by means of experimentation with it.”
Bender pointed to a science class as an example of technology enhancing student learning. “By giving our students access to technology and tools, we allow our students to “do” science instead of just “learn” science.”
For example, third grade students studied conduction,
friction and heat transfer on January 20, 2020.
They conducted an experiment using infrared thermometers. Students experimented on how the properties
of different objects affect friction when rubbing with a cloth. Temperature was
taken with the infrared thermometers and measured at different times through
the course of the experiment.
Conduction, convection and radiation were all concepts that student
learned as a result.
Bender added, “Using technology not only helps young students
learn the skills required to operate the newest devices and latest software,
but also allows them to research and solve problems in a collaborative and
cooperative manner with their peers.”
Under the direction of Ryan Bender, Head of School in Training, students at The Learning Center Charter School were recognized for perfect attendance for the first semester of the 2019-2020 school year.
“It’s important to honor students
that have perfect attendance,” said Bender.
“So much happens each and every day at school and missing days or even
hours can be disruptive to a student’s learning.” Bender added that attendance is important
because students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend
Also, the school as a whole was
recently awarded the Academic Growth Award Certificate from North Carolina
Department of Public Instruction for achieving expected academic progress
during the 2018-2019 school year.
Academic growth is an indication of
the progress that students in the school make over the course of a school year.
“Our philosophy of education is built
upon the idea that young learners need to be exposed to a broad array of rich
learning experiences,” said Bender. “Our teachers and students work hard every
single day and we celebrate that success.”
Back in December, fifth grade students worked with Kindergarten students to design and construct gingerbread houses. The classes joined forces for this fun engineering project and the collaborative effort was enjoyed by all.
Collaborative learning has been shown to not only develop higher-level thinking skills in students, but boost their confidence and self-esteem as well.
Plus, collaborative learning has been shown to:
Enhance problem solving skills
Inspire critical thinking
Improve social interactions
Aid in the development of self-management skills
Improve and develop oral communication skills
Foster the development of interpersonal relationships
Clearly the students were building gingerbread houses. . . and so much more!