Morningside Elementary, Granite School District
A parent describes the classroom of Leandra Bambrick as a “cozy corner coffee shop” with a variety of comfortable seating choices rather than traditional desks in rows. Her room is full of exercise balls, core desks, fluffy rugs and yoga mats. “This kind of classroom environment promotes student empowerment, open collaboration, communication, creativity, movement and critical thinking,” said the parent. Bambrick personally raised the money to purchase the seating.
Student engagement in Bambrick’s classroom goes well beyond seating. Her classroom is right out of Harry Potter, filled with potion bottles, house flags and owl mail boxes. During the first week of school, each student participates in a Hogwarts sorting ceremony. According to the parent, “belonging to a group right at the beginning of the year (gives) the students a sense of pride and comradery.”
To facilitate small group interaction, Bambrick raised funds to purchase a classroom set of Google Chrome Books. This technology keeps students learning and involved. Similarly, the small group strategy aides struggling students who might otherwise feel overwhelmed and mentally disengaged.