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Issue 14, Fall 2015
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Thank You Tiger! My Teacher Wake-Up Call,
   John Paull
Breadth And Depth: Can We Have It Both Ways?,
   Jal Mehta
Other People’s Children Are My Children,
   Michelle Sadrena Clark
When Exhibition Might Not Be Enough,
   Wesley Davidson
Choosing Sean,
   Patrick Yurick
Writing “Downtown”: Bringing Student Voice Into Writing Instruction,
   Sheldon C. Krieger
Creativity Is A Decision Anyone Can Make,
   Robert J. Sternberg
Every Classroom Should Be A Maker Space,
   Randy Scherer


1: Colonies, Clusters, and Classrooms?
2: Roland Barthes’ Mythologies
3: The Lantern Project
4: The Wicked Soap Company
5: Wat_er We Doing? A California Drought Story
6: Portraits of Resilience
7: Best Project of All Time
8: 3D Printed Timeline
9: You Say You Want a Revolution?
10: Superheroes Unite!
11: Staircases to Nowhere
12: Who Walks Here: The Journey of Our People and Our Land
13: The Bee Project

Superheroes Unite!

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The Superhero project explored what superhero qualities each student possessed and how these unique “superpowers” contribute to our classroom and school community. The students investigated fictional superheroes and found a common theme in their powers. The students examined everyday superheroes in their community, learning about their different jobs and responsibilities. Each first grader considered the questions: What super qualities can you bring to better our community? How do superheroes work together? Students designed and made a costume to represent their superpower. The children also created social stories featuring their superpower in a comic book format. The stories were then made into short films with the students role playing in their superhero costume. These films and the students’ experiences were then shared at a school gathering.

Teacher Reflections
There were several things we loved about this project. An absolute highlight was the excitement in the children’s faces when they realized that everyone possesses a superpower and no matter how old you are, you can make a difference. We often found them using their superpowers like Grit Girl, Thinking Man and Happiness Gal on the playground or during class time when no one was watching. At a table you would hear “Don’t give up, use grit!” when participating in a difficult math activity or “I’ll get a band-aid!” as Helpful Boy ran off to help a friend who had fallen down on the blacktop. It empowered the children to take ownership in making a positive change in their classroom and school.

Student Reflections
The Superhero project taught me that I should help people and I should take big risks for the people I care for. —Nia

I learned that superheroes are real and help us everyday like police officers and firefighters. Everyone is a superhero! —Giovanni

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