Curtis Acosta responds to the winners of the Spring 2015 "Learning That Matters" essay competition.
Minnuette Rodriguez teaches biology at the Julian E. Blanco Specialized Ballet School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2012, she started a small butterfly nursery to strengthen her students' connection to nature. As students watch the butterflies’ transformations from egg to adult, Minnuette watches her students transform themselves. This is Minnuette’s story.
Read Nancy's essay about how a classroom visitor helped her share a secret with her classmates.
Read Chiwon's essay about how her "Making It Real" class made her feel like a superhero in training.
Read Salma's essay about her experience as a Mexican American in an American English class, and how she gained the confidence to let her light shine.
Read Annabel's essay about why stories about transgender people should be included in the curriculum.
Read Noah's essay about how self-directed learning inspires him to make the world a better place.
We received many powerful essays for the Spring 2015 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
This Visual Learning Lesson will get your students thinking about what modern civilization can learn from ancient texts and traditions.
Read Leah's essay about replacing worry with bravery.
Read Rechanne's essay about the impact that worry has on her and her family.