Monday, May 30, 2016

FREDTalks and Forest Class University

We teach children they can change the world. Our last research project makes me think about this important mission of our school. We gave our students the open space to share their learning with others through this unique research project. Each child was asked to create and research a thick question, a research question to guide their learning. We talked about how people often attend colleges and universities to study a subject they are passionate about. Every student in Forest Class enrolled in Forest Class University to begin to explore topics they were passionate about. It was amazing to watch the diversity of interests emerge from inside each of our students. The questions ranged from "What are the effects of global warming?" to "What was life like in Syria?"

After researching and publishing a book about their topic, our students were invited to share their learning through a FREDTalk. FREDTalks, Forest Research Entertainment and Design, are Forest Class' version of TEDtalks, a way to share our learning with others. We hope you enjoy this first batch of videos from Forest Class. More videos will be published this week, as the second half of our class complete their presentations. Enjoy!

Click here to view the rest of our FREDTalks.


Thursday, May 26, 2016

Ranger of the Week!!!

This week's Ranger is Eva. She is ten years-old and she was born in Winston Salem, NC. Her family includes her parents, her step mom, her step brother, her two step sisters and her sister.  For pets she has a fish, and two dogs named Chance and Howdy.
The things he likes to do best at home are writing and play with her dogs. The things Eva cares most about in the world are God, her family and pets. Her favorite food is salad. Her least favorite food is shrimp (because her father is allergic). Her hobbies are Girl Scouting, playing her guitar and playing with her dogs. When she goes on vacation the place she most likes to visit is Beckley, West Virginia. Her dream vacation would be to visit Ireland. When she grows up she wants to be an author.

Friday, May 20, 2016

This Week's Ranger!!


This week's Ranger is Micah. He is 9 years old and he was born in Chapel Hill, NC. His family includes his parents and his brother.  For pets he has a gerbil and some chickens. The things he likes to do best at home are play outside and play video games.  The things Micah cares most about in the world are his family and pets.  His favorite food is pizza. His least favorite food is broccoli. His hobbies are collecting bottle caps, and playing guitar. When he goes on vacation the place he most likes to visit is the beach. His dream vacation would be to visit Hawaii. When he grows up he wants to be a toy designer.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Last Week's Ranger

Last week's Ranger was Orion. He is 10 years old and he was born in Durham, NC. His family includes his parents and himself. For pets he has a cat named Opal. The things he likes to do best at home are read, play with Legos and swing on the hammock.
The things Orion cares most about in the world are his family, his cat, his friends and books. His favorite food is spaghetti carbonara. His least favorite food is asparagus. His hobbies are fencing and playing, "Dungeons and Dragons". When he goes on vacation the place he most likes to visit is England. His dream vacation would be to visit Russia and South America. When he grows up he wants to be an author, a stand up comedian and maybe a radio quiz show host.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Last Week's Ranger

Last week's Ranger was Ellie. She is 10 years old years and she was born in Pennsylvania. Her family includes her parents and her older sister. For pets she has a bearded dragon and a dog. The things she likes to do best at home are play badminton and play basketball. The things Ellie cares most about in the world are her family and her school. Her favorite food is mac and cheese. Her least favorite food is Cheetos. Her hobbies are baking and sewing. When she goes on vacation the place she most likes to visit Pittsburg to see a Steelers game. Her dream vacation would be to visit Jamaica. When she grows up she wants to be a baker.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Last Week's Ranger

Last week's Ranger was Endymion. He is 8 years-old and he was born in Durham, NC. His family includes his parents, his sister and his twin brother. The things he likes to do best at home are wrestle with his brother, play chess and play outside. The things Endymion cares most about in the world are his family, his stuffed animals and his bed. His favorite food is anything eatable. His hobbies are skateboarding and collecting sticks and rubber bands. When he goes on vacation the places he most likes to visit are either the beach or the mountains. His dream vacation would be to visit Africa. When he grows up he wants to be a scientist.