Student Reflections and Favorite Projects from 2020-2021

As the 2020-2021 school year has come to a close, I gave my students the opportunity to reflect on where they’ve been, where they’re going, and how they’ve changed. Within these reflections, a handful of themes emerged, such as increasing devotion to God, increasing confidence, the importance of community, dealing with change/aging, loving math, and rest. Check out their responses below to see how we’ve grown this year!

Student Reflections

Themes: Making the best out of distance learning, the importance of community
Themes: God, Math, and Rest
Themes: God and math
Themes: God and Math
Themes: Empathy, Memorization being hard (facts), Change
Themes: Research, Increasing Confidence, Peace
Themes: Intimacy with God, Increasing Confidence
Themes: God, Personality
Themes: Loving adults, Increasing Confidence, Sleepovers as the spice of 3rd grade life
Themes: God
Themes: Change and growing older, God
Themes: Passion for God, Freedom

Favorite Projects

As we begin cast vision for the shape and texture of next school year, students also had the chance to reflect on their favorite assignments. Being the person that I am, I decided to catalog and analyze this data in graphs.

Looking at this data was very satisfying, because I realized just how much students were able to glean from some of my labors of love. I’m excited to use this data to refine or invent new projects in 2021-2022! Check out the links below to catch a glimpse into several of our beloved projects from this year!

  1. Inquiry Projects

2. Praying for the Nations

3. Holy Trinity Action Card Project

4. Magnificat Activities (coming soon)

Reflection

It goes without saying that this year has been challenging, but I am grateful that I met my personal goal of using this year to try so many new ideas! Having class online gave us plenty of room to experiment, research, and absorb plenty of new information. In spite of a staggered return to the classroom from October-Thanksgiving and from late January til the end of school in June, students were able to adjust to many changes. I saw my students’ passion for God and their own interests only increase as the majority of students shifted into in person learning. Next year, I’m looking forward to exploring local ecumenism (church denominations), the diverse traditions of Global Catholicism, and *hopefully* collaborating with local Jewish and/or Muslim elementary schools to explore religious symbolism.

Peace,

Haley

Published by Haley Nus

I am a bilingual Christian Educator in the heart of D.C. who longs to see revival transform K-12 education both domestically and internationally. I believe that inquiry-based and experiential teaching methods pair seamlessly with godly awe and point us through the gospel towards a Creator who invites us to taste and see his goodness (Psalm 34:8). While I love sharing the gospel with people, I take Jesus's invitation to welcome children in his name (Luke 9:48) and Jesus's exhortation to become like children (Mathew 18:3) literally! In order to shape the world well for adults, we must serve the youngest among us so that we will truly understand who we are as sons and daughters (2 Corinthians 6:18).

3 thoughts on “Student Reflections and Favorite Projects from 2020-2021

  1. Well done, teacher! These answers say a lot about the tone of your classroom and your encouragement for the abilities of your students.

    On Mon, Jun 28, 2021 at 6:22 PM Age of the Unexpected wrote:

    > Haley Nus posted: ” As the 2020-2021 school year has come to a close, I > gave my students the opportunity to reflect on where they’ve been, where > they’re going, and how they’ve changed. Within these reflections, a handful > of themes emerged, such as increasing devotion to God” >

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