ROCK HILL — While many students spend the last few days of the school year dreaming of getting out of the classroom, a group of fifth-graders from Sunset Park Center for Accelerated Studies spent their Tuesday afternoon presenting ways to make their classroom better. But their audience wasnt just some of their peers or a few teachers.
Instead, the eight students gave a well-researched and well-rehearsed presentation on a 21st Century Classroom to a group of about 30 adults, including Rock Hill school board members and district administrators, including superintendent Kelly Pew.
Our whole classroom was designed to be flexible and mobile, said student Anna Black.
The students presented on innovations such as storage on wheels, lightweight movable desks, smart tables, plexiglass walls and bright colors. They even got two district staff members to demonstrate the use of stability ball chairs, which are rolling chairs with a large bouncy ball where the seat should be.
But the students didnt just want to demonstrate what theyd learned to make classrooms better. Instead, they wanted to encourage the administration to implement their changes in classrooms across the district.
We need you to help us, said student Seth Lynch. So help us find new routes.
After the presentation, the students, who are in the Math Moles, an organization for top-achieving math students, fielded questions from those who were watching.
Pew praised the students for their presentation and research skills.
I like the idea that youre dreaming big, she said. Youre pretty convincing.
Tony Cox, the districts associate superintendent for administrative services, said the students had given the district a lot of good ideas. He said that the district was already looking into some of the concepts the students presented.
Well probably use a few of these things in the future, he said.
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