|Congratulations to Michelle Morrison on Her New Classroom Grant Award|
|posted by: Cindy Omlin | February 23, 2017, 05:27 PM|
Ms. Michelle Morrison, NWPE member and kindergarten teacher at Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa, ID, has been awarded a $250 New Classroom Start Up Grant from Northwest Professional Educators. Ms. Morrison will use the funds to purchase materials to advance learning with the Scottish Storyline Method which builds on the principle that learning, to be meaningful, has to be memorable, and that by using learners’ enthusiasm for story-making, the classroom, the teacher's role, and learning can be transformed. Through the use of key questions, Storyline takes a topic and allows students to travel through a story as characters reacting to the incidents that are developed as the story unfolds.
Ms. Morrison’s students will participate in a service learning project that involves students as active participants in creating an art gallery at the school. Ms. Morrison notes, “The students will be artists who learn about creating, advertising, and selling their work. Students will paint canvases, make short public service announcements about a charity and create invitations and artists’ statements about their work. The end product will be student created artwork that will be auctioned off to family and community members. The money made from the art auction will be donated to Canvas Cures (an organization that raises money for family emergency funds for families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House).”
A new member of NWPE, Ms. Morrison appreciates that professional development, students, and teachers are the heart of NWPE and its mission to advance to professionalism of educators. We appreciate Ms. Morrison’s dedication to making learning meaningful and her personal growth as an educator! Congratulations!