2013/2014 Grants for Teachers Recipients

Kinesthetic Learning Centers
Carla Gill, Farwell School

The Farwell Kinesthetic Learning Centers will provide sustainable learning activities that involve the use of whole-body rather than just hands-on learning strategies. We envision our program to include instructional strategies which include outdoor and physical activities using full body movement such as jump ropes, exercise equipment, team activities, music and movement, rock climbing wall, nature projects, fishing games, body games, and many other outdoor activities. This project also includes learning activities through artistic expressions such as modeling, sculptures, collages, simple carpentry, mobiles, reader’s theatre, and many other possibilities. All of these lessons connect to LEF goals by increasing student engagement through outdoor and creative instruction. When student engagement increases, academic improvement increases.

Becoming the Author of Your Own Life
Tiffany Jones, Lewiston Middle School

The English Support classes of Team 82 at LMS have been reading Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen. Cole Matthews, a troubled teenager who is banished to an island to learn from his mistakes. As he faces death, he realizes he doesn’t want to die and discovers that even he is a part of the ‘circle of life’. Cole becomes open to changing his insides (bad attitude and blaming the world for his anger) by facing the outside (learning how to survive alone on an Alaskan island). Animals and mother nature are a big part of Cole’s rehabilitation, healing and dealing with his anger.

The LEF has partially funded this project by providing funding to bring students from Team 82 to Peaks Island on a Casco Bay LInes Ferry to get first hand experience with the ocean and island life in Maine as depicted in the book. The group will seek additional funding to bring the author to the middle school for a book discussion with students and the community at large.

The Real Baby Project
Allison Langlais, Teen Parenting Center, Lewiston High School

The Real Baby Projects provides baby simulators to expecting teen parents at Lewiston High School. The simulators give the future parents hands on experience that is crucial for the parents and baby to have a safe, healthy, and loving life together. Enhancing the curriculum with a simulator contributes to academic excellence for current parents and aspiring parents in our school system. The baby simulators will be also be used in a parenting class available to all LHS students. These students may not be expecting a baby in the near future but are interested in gaining information on child development and the essential pieces to becoming a parent. Utilizing trainers is an excellent way to prepare them with the opportunity to learn the skills necessary by using the simulated babies.