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Rossman strives to provide a traditional education with innovation. Woven throughout the school’s program are innovative projects such as the sixth grade symbolizing heroes through ceramic art pieces, the third grade building rotational symmetry with LEGOs in art, and the fifth grade experimenting in science with motorized Scribble Bot machines to name a few. Innovation occurs when teachers communicate and inspire each other with new ideas.

Summer is the perfect time to continue innovative projects for children. Passions can be captured, and there is time to “play”, create,...Read more

Diving Into Google Classroom

A little over two years since its release, Google Classroom has revolutionized education in many ways. Because Google launched the program at a seemingly inopportune time—right at the start of the 2014 school year—I was initially reluctant to implement it without having time to explore it beforehand. However, Rossman’s technology coordinator, Becky Taylor, assured me that it was a very user-friendly program, and fortunately, I decided to jump in head-first, figuring that my tech-savvy students and I could learn how best...Read more

These days, average American adults check their phones every six and a half minutes. We start early. There are now baby bouncers (and potty seats) that are manufactured with a slot to hold a digital device. A quarter of American teenagers are connected to a device within five minutes of waking up. Most teenagers send one hundred texts a day. Eighty percent sleep with their phones. Forty-four do not ‘unplug’ ever, not even in religious services or when playing a sport or exercising. (Source: Reclaiming...Read more

Fifth graders have been learning about a variety of artists in art class. Each student chose an artist’s name out of a hat. They used an iPad to research their assigned artist and discover when they worked, what art movement they were a part of, the style of art they created, and what types of art materials they used. Each student designed a large Rossman apple in the style of their artist and then presented their finished artwork and research to the class.

The goal was not to just recreate a work of art, but to make their own art influenced by their researched artist. It was fun to...Read more

Junior Kindergarten naturally incorporates STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) throughout the school day. This solid foundation for a Rossman education is built through play and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities. As teachers, we provide the materials and initiate the activities, but it is important to know when to step back and allow a child’s natural curiosity, interest and problem solving skills to take over. Excitement for learning is evident as the...Read more

STEM is a popular buzzword in the education world lately. It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Recently an “A,” for Art, has been added to the acronym, transforming it into STEAM. Most often, people think of STEM for middle and high school aged children, however it can be implemented in the elementary grade levels. Research studies have shown students who experience STEM early through hands on learning will be best equipped with a strong understanding of STEM concepts as they grow older.

STEM in the elementary classroom can be as simple as changing the types of...Read more

Shiver me timbers! There are pirates in the library!

Aye matey! You heard it correctly. Reading pirates have invaded the library! JK, SK and first grade enjoyed dressing like pirates last week to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day. It was a mighty day filled with pirate stories, walking the plank, sea songs, hunting for treasure and munching on goldfish. Libraries aren’t the quiet places they once were. Arrgh!

Aside from our pirate adventures, the library year has started full speed ahead. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students are encouraged to read a new set of books each...Read more

Over the summer, with the help of wonderful staff members Leon Haywood and Ronnie Patrick, Rossman installed a Make and Create LEGO Wall in the Tech Center. This 10.5 ft. x 6 ft. wall, generously funded by the Rossman School Parents’ Club, offers an epic learning space for students of all ages.

The idea for the LEGO Wall developed while reviewing and analyzing the MakerSpace movement that has become popular in schools all over the world. We wanted to introduce the MakerSpace concept to Rossman with something that everyone can enjoy and admire. Just a week into the new...Read more

The 2014 Hour of Code was held worldwide last week, and Rossman School once again participated in this extraordinary event. Our students from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 6 spent at least one hour last week doing activities in their classrooms sponsored by Code.org. We were a small part of the 75 million people that had fun while learning the basics of coding.

Our goal is to get our students excited about the possibilities that lay before them and help them understand that learning to code will help them in whatever direction their lives take...Read more

Smartphones, tablets, e-readers … the world of mobile technology has changed dramatically since I became a parent almost 14 years ago. We have access to information, entertainment and communication in the palm of our hand essentially 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The portability of modern technology has many advantages for us as parents. However, it may also have detrimental effects on parent-child relationships.

In November, I attended the National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC) Annual Conference. Many sessions focused on the decreasing amount of face-to-...Read more

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