As part of the Fifth Grade curriculum, we teach and encourage leadership and public speaking skills. This year, Fifth Graders have taken on several new responsibilities and opportunities to foster these skills. Each Fifth Grade student is a classroom representative to one of the K-5 classes at The Renaissance School. As a classroom representative, the students have assisted their class in learning activities and have served as that classroom’s voice when asking for school-wide opinions for surveys for Movie Nights, Spirit Days, and more.
Classroom representatives also check-in with their class on a weekly basis to see what the classes are learning about and whether or not classes will present in Friday Assembly. In this way, the Fifth Grade class is able to organize for the Assembly, which they personally run each Friday. Each Friday, one Fifth Grade student leads the assembly, introducing each class that is presenting, as well as making announcements about learning or upcoming exciting events.
In addition to these public speaking opportunities, the students meet each month with Danielle, the School Director, for a student government meeting. The students and Danielle brainstorm ideas and help organize school activities, such as running the school’s traditional Polar Express. This year, the Fifth Graders took turns reading the story to the school, bringing the story to life for the children.
Also this year, the Fifth Grade students regularly work with the other classes in ongoing activities. For example, they are working with the Kindergarten class to help teach them how to tie their shoes. They are also serving as positive role models to these students by modeling perseverance and patience. Fifth Grade will be leading school-wide literacy projects based on this year’s Red Clover books as well. Overall, this has been an exciting year of learning and leadership opportunities for the Fifth Graders. It is wonderful to see them acting as positive leaders and role models to the school community!