Many Davis County Students are experiencing authentic learning opportunities in their classes this year as real world issues are brought into classrooms.
“Model classrooms in the Davis County School District are focusing on authentic learning projects with the intentions of other classrooms incorporating this style of learning into their classrooms,” said Davis County Middle School Instructor Stephanie Bassett.
Chelsea Dearborn’s eighth-grade language arts class recently completed videos featuring Bloomfield businesses. Students personally contacted businesses, obtained information about the businesses, and created videos featuring the businesses. Tammy Roberts, Bloomfield Main Street Director, is posting the videos on Main Street’s Facebook page.
Katy Houston’s high school child development classes planned and hosted a pop-up outdoor classroom for preschoolers.
Houston’s students set up tents, games, and activities in the field on the north side of the high school.
“My students even made a fake campfire and sat and read to the preschoolers beside the fire,” she said.
Houston’s students continue to work with the preschool class as they plan a family night focused on family time and meals.
Houston’s Advanced Foods students teamed up with Sandy Warning’s Entrepreneurship Class to start a business called The Hungry Horse Café. The students have not only learned how to start a business, but are learning that adjustments must be made along the way due to rules and regulations. This course is one semester long.
Danelle Howard’s preschool class has been learning about families and how to plan a lunch for their classroom family.
The students have been learning about healthy foods, what kinds of foods are in a meal, how to plan a large-scale meal, where to get the food, and how to follow a recipe.
“I supported students by asking questions, setting up centers, showing short video clips, interviewing experts (Chris Hopkins in the elementary kitchen) and having classroom discussions and talking with our families at home,” Howard said.
“Students discovered what we needed and how to do it through their investigations.”
“When the students host their meal, they will practice social skills of setting the table, passing the food to each other, and enjoying each other’s company with conversation starters that Mari Melvin shared from the extension office.”
Following the meal with the class family, preschool students will then prepare meals for their own families with the help of Houston, her students and the Food Pantry at the high school. The students will then take the meal home, bake it, and enjoy dining with their families.
“I get excited when I see the kids understanding how important basic skills are — such as counting, reading, writing, language and problem solving — when we have a real-life project to work on,” Howard said.