Patton Elementary Students Making Learning Important Fun
Byline: Dorothy Weber
My days are too often filled with meetings, mail and phone calls. While these activities are necessary and worthwhile, they're far removed from what actually goes on in the classroom. To keep myself current, I visit the nine schools in Arlington Heights School District 25 on a regular basis.
On Feb. 12, I visited Patton Elementary School. The day was important for several reasons. First of all, it was the birthday of Abraham Lincoln (and of Mrs. Yanik, Patton's secretary). It was also the 100th day of school. And if that wasn't enough excitement, the second-graders were putting on a program of songs and poems about dinosaurs. The school was bursting with enthused teachers and eager students. I wish all of you could have been with me as I sat in classrooms and then in the audience at the dinosaur program.
The teachers wore shirts proclaiming 100s day and had planned a number of lessons around the concept. A first-grade class was estimating how far across their room a string of 100 paper clips would stretch. There were posters of 100 things either drawn or pasted onto paper on display in the school.
Third- and fourth-grade students in one class were composing three meaningful paragraphs based on topic sentences and supporting details. …