Please take a few minutes to read about one of exceptional our 3rd grade teachers, Mrs. Janet Stading.
Mrs. Stading is our 3rd grade teacher; this is her 6th year as a teacher at Spicewood and 8th year as a parent. Mrs. Stading was born in Fort Worth, TX and moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas at Austin to receive her bachelor's degree in Music-voice. (I did not know that! Now I must go plan an occasion as an excuse to have her sing. Yes!) Once she completed her degree, she did not want to leave Austin. She worked for HEB and helped open Central Market on north Lamar and served as a checker, bookkeeper and a bulk assistant manager. After 9 years of working, she decided to go back to school to get her master's degree at Texas State University. Since then, she's taught both in private and public school setting. Mrs. Stading and her husband share a son- Niklas, a 5th grader here at SWES- and a daughter- Ingrid, a 7th grader at CVMS. Her two children always keep her busy with volleyball, football and other activities. They also love to help her with her volunteer work with Austin Junior Forum. Her favorite food is cheese. Although she loves all colors, she has special fondness for burnt orange. (Hook'em!) Her favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird written by Harper Lee.
Mrs. Stading feels that the teachers, staff, admin, parents and students all have the same commitment to working together at Spicewood. "Watching and being part of the students taking an active role in becoming caring, global-minded citizens is my favorite thing about working at Spicewood," shared Mrs. Stading. Mrs. Stading would like to say to our students, "always give your best effort and never give up because no one can fault you for that and it is something you can be proud of."
3rd grade students have been working on the PYP Unit of How We Organize Ourselves for a few weeks; the central idea evolves around economy and how people and their lives are affected and organized by the state of economy and/or the socioeconomic status. During the lesson, students were divided into different groups of four. Each group received 2 different letters written to the First Lady Mrs. Roosevelt in the era of Great Depression. Students, with designated roles, read the letters together, inferred the race, age and socioeconomic status of the person who wrote the letter as a group. Students then were asked to record their answers with elaboration onto a google form teacher has pre-created. I was blown away by the questions and inferential clues students were able to derive from the letters. Discussions were facilitated by Mrs. Stading to guide them to make connections and build new understanding of why people chose to behave in certain manners during the Great Depression.
|Investigating the letters|
|Collecting and sharing answers via technology|
|Evidence of learning and reflection all over the classroom|