Exploring Differences with Shane’s Inspiration

Exploring Differences with Shane’s Inspiration
Differentiated learning plans are something that Seven Arrows educators and administrators work hard to create and mold year after year. Students independently thrive from these plans but also understand that each person is an individual and that everyone may need different things to fulfill their needs. Our fourth graders have the opportunity to really focus on this during their unit on and visit to Shane’s Inspiration, a non-profit organization whose mission is to create social inclusion for children with disabilities. During their field trip, the class learned about the organization, witnessed their work in action and got a chance to play with a buddy.Yesterday, Seven Arrows fourth graders engaged in a discussion about empathy, specifically reflecting on their recent field trip to Shane’s Inspiration. Using the design thinking method, students unpacked their experience and shared their feelings, observations and aha moments. Using powerful teaching tools like mapping, sharing, responding, and questioning, our fourth graders were able to think about the buddies they played with and how those with differences see the world around them.

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