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Teachers ‘rocked’ at Geil Elementary Thursday: ‘I go big or go home,’ one teacher said

September 21, 2018

GERING — Students at Geil Elementary entered the classroom on Thursday and experienced a day of learning unlike anything they had seen before.

Teachers developed new learning activities with the goal to get students excited about learning for international Rock Your School Day. Fourth grade teacher Lisa Gass brought the idea to Gering after she attended a Get Your Teach On conference this past summer.

“She inspired Geil Elementary teachers to be creative in the classroom,” said Principal Angela Morris.

As fourth graders walked into Gass’ classroom, they entered the world of the Big Top circus and found their teacher dressed like a ringmaster.

Gass incorporated fun activities within each subject to keep students engaged. Students buddied up and read a text about the circus. Once they determined what text structure was used, Gass turned the lights off and students used a flashlight to shine onto the paper with the correct structure. During their grammar lesson, students completed a clowning around with noun activity. Students put Vasoline on their nose and picked up construction cards with a noun. Once they caught the noun, the students had to turn the singular noun into its plural form. Since the students were surrounded by the circus, they returned after lunch and found all of the circus animals had escaped. To find them, students had to complete math problems. As the school day came to a close, students enjoyed the grand finale of catapulting gummy bears across the room.

Other teachers planned fun activities for their students, too. Kindergarteners completed a chicka chicka boom boom exercise and fifth graders listened to a guest speaker.

According to the Get Your Teach On website, the nationwide movement challenges teachers to offer their students out-of-the-box educational experiences that captive students’ attention.

“Rock Your School movement is just to try and get teachers to try one new thing,” said Gass. “But this is up my alley, so I go big or go home.”

The school day not only taught students new materials, but also brought the magic of learning into the classroom.

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