21st Century Learning
Lego Learning at HPU
On February 19th and 20th, High Point University hosted more than 200 first graders from the Thomasville City Schools as part of their Lego Learning Program. The event was just one of the many Lego outreach opportunities organized by Dr. Shirley Disseler, Assistant Professor and member of the Lego Advisory Board. When asked why Legos are so powerful for engaging students, Dr. Disseler replied: “The children see the LEGO’s and know that something fun is going to happen.” The event was highlighted in YES! Weekly.
Lego Teacher Academy
On Saturday February 1st, 10 teachers gathered at the High Point University School of Education to experience the new Engineering Design and Robotics Program from LEGO education. The training was conducted using the new EV3 robotics kit. Teachers from Davidson, Guilford, Granville, and Buncombe County school systems participated. The event was part of the new Professional Development training coming out of the School Of Education Service Center Model for Educational Outreach. Join us in April for Story Starter training!
Teachers of Tomorrow Reward Local High School Students
High Point University’s Teachers of Tomorrow chapter spent the afternoon rewarding local high school students who went above and beyond this past semester. T. Wingate Andrews High School recently lost funding for its Incentives Program, which rewards students for outstanding work. To help keep the program going, HPU’s Teachers of Tomorrow offered to bring the HPU ice cream truck to the school and hand out cookies as a reward for students who completed their service learning hours last semester. Service Learning is Guilford County Schools initiative, and Andrews’ students have earned over 4,000 hours this semester alone. “As educators, we love being able to reward our students for a job well done; however, at times funding can be an issue,” says Andrews principal Rodney Wilds. “Our Andrews High School family is so very appreciative of High Point University for providing us with this wonderful opportunity to reward students for their diligence, determination and commitment to the service learning initiative as part of our rigorous learning environment at Andrews High.” “I’m very excited that Teachers of Tomorrow has the opportunity to partner with Andrews High School,” says Sarah Saxon, vice president of HPU’s Teachers of Tomorrow chapter. “Our club loves getting involved with local schools and encouraging students to excel in their studies. Our hope is that, through this incentive program, the students of Andrews High School have been encouraged to pursue excellence in their academic endeavors.” Teachers of Tomorrow (TOT) is a group of students interested in education. TOT allows future educators opportunities to gain insight into the teaching career and to work with local schools through various service projects.