"Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common." - Albert Einstein

Friday, May 6, 2016

When Children Learn from Each Other

I do not know much about history but today I have the opportunity to learn some bits of information regarding the past. Children in the fourth grade classes at Mason Crest Elementary School are sharing with each other, with their teachers, and with their parents what they know about Virginians from the past.

My son picks Patrick Henry for his presentation.

In one of the pages, he captures something his parents, who both are not native Virginians, actually know. "Give me liberty or give me death."

Like other parents, I also read the work of other children. Here is one that caught my attention.

The artwork is truly eye-catching.

Here is another one regarding another famous person from Virginia.

And here is from another student who also chose to work on Patrick Henry.

I actually have to write a comment or compliment after viewing a student's work. And so do the students.

Everyone seems kind with their comments.

Fortunately for me, only the children have to write something that they have learned from their classmates' works. So, here is my son thinking.

And he writes something.

I guess I was looking forward to learning more about Virginia. But I actually learned a lot more. While the children were going around and viewing each other's work, the spirit of collaboration was all over the room. Conceding the fact that each child had a project, they were still all working together.

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