Fifth-grade students at Laurel Mountain Elementary School are getting a head start on middle school as they move between classrooms throughout the day and learn in diverse, flexible environments like Trevor Hance’s science class.
Hance, the school’s fifth-grade science teacher, organized a flexible space where students could stand, collaborate and complete hands-on projects during his block of time with classes. The standing workbenches were all constructed as part of the school’s annual father/daughter group workshop.
“Each fall we host the father/daughter workshop so our students have the chance to work with tools and create a connection at an age where daughters tend to gravitate toward identities not easily connected to dads,” Hance said “There’s not a loss of love, but there’s a loss of real connection at this age, so this is another avenue to give fathers and daughters a place to do something together.”
The workbenches, built with attached wheels, can easily be configured throughout the classroom. The desks were also painted six colors in the color spectrum during the father/daughter workshop and create a bright learning environment, Hance said.
“We are incredibly proud to host a space for fathers and daughters to work together on meaningful projects,” Laurel Mountain Principal Jan Richards said. “Flexible learning spaces are yet another way Laurel Mountain provides outstanding learning opportunities for all students.”