K- 2 students creating art using mathematical shapes
Two Grade 5 students testing their new cooking skills
Teacher reflections around student choice:
“They [students] could go as deep as they
wanted in each of their choices”.
“Choosing what I wanted to teach and having
students choose my topic set the stage for
enjoyment and success”.
“ I felt like all of my students arrived at the start
of the day excited about something new and
excited about the project because they were
able to choose it”.
Teacher reflections around teaching Multi-Age groups:
“Working in Multi-Age groups was fun. Watching the exchange of ideas, involvement in the project
and the mentoring was inspiring”.
“My observation was that all the older children
were willing to help the younger ones. The
children worked so well that the activity
became fun to do”.
“Despite our nervousness about [working with]
the little ones, once we met our group it was
easier to figure out tweaks to make it age
appropriate for the group”.
“ I really liked working with a multi-age group.
I loved the way that students helped each
Feedback from students was also gathered in the form of randomly selected focus groups from each grade
level. Each of these groups were asked to give their feedback and share any other thoughts based on their
experience with Day 9. Here is the transcript from a sample of three, fourth grade students:
Teacher: So, I guess I just wanted to find out what was day 9 like for you?
Student 1: Fun.
Student 2: Incredible.
Student 3: Epic… Yeah, epic.
Student 1: I learned a lot- and it was hands-on, which was really fun.
Student 2: Uh huh.
Student 3: Rocket science was epic. I think we should have more day nines.
Student 1: Yep. And maybe we could do different subjects each year.
Student 3: Yeah.
Student 2: And also it was kinda fun, and the mixing with different classes was great to get to know
different people and everything.
Student 3: We got to mix with the fifth graders sometimes the first and second graders, third graders as
Teacher: What was that like?
Student 2: We got to see what it was like working with different grade levels.
Student 1: They’re so much alike to us anyway, so they’re not so different to us. It’s interesting to be all
in one class.
Teacher: If you could change something for day 9 what would you change?