This spotlight is about Mrs. Julie Knobloch and Mr. Ryan Lowe, who are the Fourth grade teachers in our District. Both are excited about how school has been going this year and are looking forward to what kinds of things are yet to come during the remainder of the school year at the Eleva Intermediate School.
Mrs. Knobloch has been a teacher in the Eleva-Strum School District for 23 years. Her favorite subject to teach her students is science because it, like the rest of the world, is an ever-changing topic and there is always something to discuss during lessons that relates to what happens everyday. For example, her class discussed Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking jump from outer space in mid-October and the different levels of the atmosphere he traveled through on his way back to earth.
Mr. Lowe is teaching his 13th year in the Eleva-Strum School District and enjoys being able to teach students things that excite and relate to the students. When asked about his classroom environment he said, “It’s always diverse and there’s something different every day.” Mr. Lowe’s favorite subject to teach the students is Wisconsin history, which is yet to come, as the fourth grade will be taking a trip to Madison towards the end of the school year.
Mrs. Knobloch and Mr. Lowe help to build important foundations for the fourth grade students (who are new to the building in Eleva) by having them work together in groups so that they may be able to realize different potentials they can use to become more responsible in their learning and to further their education. Both teachers agree that their students rapidly adapted to using the iPads for conducting quick research on the Internet and creating different types of projects and presentations. Having them in the classrooms has saved time, paper, and has made certain topics more efficient for students to learn.
The iPads provide a great way for students to work on drill and practice activities in different subjects. Special applications made especially for improving multiplication facts or how to tell time make learning readily available at the students’ fingertips. Mrs. Knobloch explained how Educreations (a program on the iPad) allows her and Mr. Lowe to provide pictures and voice recordings on lessons that students might have missed if they were absent from school so they can catch up at home and come prepared to class when they come back. Mr. Lowe has used Keynote to present to his students comparisons and contrasts at distinctive clothing styles, homes, and ways of gathering food that the different Native American used.
Mrs. Knobloch and Mr. Lowe are looking forward to the future in their classrooms and the ways the Digital Learning Initiative will have impacts on their students. They appreciate the support of the community with everything new that has been happening within our District!
Written by Ali Lorenz