It's always great to see our students working together and learning from one another.
Summit teachers Mrs. Angela Eyth and Mrs. Julie Reges partnered with Senior High School teacher Mrs. Britta Manges to create fusion between fourth grade students and students in the SHS Photography and Graphic Design course
It's always great to see our students working together and learning from one another -- especially when students can build relationships with their peers at another school.
Summit teachers Mrs. Angela Eyth and Mrs. Julie Reges partnered with Senior High School teacher Mrs. Britta Manges to create fusion between fourth grade students and students in the SHS Photography and Graphic Design course.
The partnership began as an idea to get SHS students more exposure in writing, photo taking, layout and design while allowing them to communicate by means of different digital applications through each classroom teacher.
After several weeks of working together from afar, 24 Senior High School students traveled to Summit Elementary to meet their "digital pen pals." While sitting on the outside classroom lawn and tables, students talked and ate lunch while enjoying the unexpected early November sunshine.
Following lunch, the fourth grade students grabbed their ipads and showed the Senior High School students all that there was to see in the outdoor agricultural space. SHS Photography students offered pointers and suggestions to improve their photographs.
A highlight for the students was finding a very large praying mantis. Senior High students patiently showed the younger students how to handle the insect properly and set up interesting shots of a creature in its habitat.
After shooting the photographs outside, students came inside to the classroom and began designing using the photos that they shot. The fourth grade students' assignment was to create something that encapsulated the day using the photos and type sentences detailing the scene. The high school students were there to act as guides on how to best layout the pages, to offer suggestions by way of what to write and to assist with editing the text.
Despite the age gap, the teachers noted how well the students were collaborating as the classrooms had a notable hum of productivity.
"I found it amazing that the high school students were engaged with their student partner(s) the entire time," said Mrs. Manges. "I also found it amazing the level of patience and understanding between the two groups, and, of course, the connection between students was remarkable.".
By incorporating the study of various agricultural aspects into photography and graphic design, and providing an opportunity for students to work together, this project proved to be a valuable lesson for all.
- Butler Area School District
- Senior High School
- Summit Elementary School