Active Learning Award

One of our teachers recently won an award for having made a “significant contribution to student-centered active learning.”

The Iowa Children’s Museum in Coralville, Iowa, believes in the Power of Play and in the positive impact of active learning on child development and education, according to their website, and research overwhelmingly asserts that students learn best when they actively participate in their own learning.

“Many excellent educators in our community dedicate themselves to facilitating active learning in their classrooms, providing students opportunities to become engaged learners, innovative thinkers, and creative problem-solvers,” the website said. “In recognition of this strength in our educational community, The Iowa Children’s Museum is honoring four outstanding local educators with the Robert E. Yager Active Learning Award.”

Webster City’s very own 2nd Grade teacher Dawn Scholtens was selected as one of these outstanding educators.

“I was very honored that the family of 2 former students thought of me when they saw the nomination form,” Scholtens said. “I didn’t know anything about it until I received a huge bouquet announcing I was selected.”

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Nominations for the award were due on September 29th, and honorees were announced on October 1st–the same day Scholtens received her bouquet at the school. The Robert E. Yager Active Learning Awards will be presented to the 2013 honorees at The Iowa Children’s Museum’s annual Celebrate Play! Gala on November 1, 2013.

According to the website, each Active Learning Award is valued at $1,575 and includes prizes for the award-winning educator as well as the award-winning educator’s school.

Dawn Scholtens will receive the following: four tickets to The Iowa Children’s Museum’s Celebrate Play! Gala, award presentation at the event, special recognition in the event program, an original “Active Learning” art print created by local artists, free museum admission passes for classroom students, one classroom field trip to The Iowa Children’s Museum, and a $100 gift card to the Think Tank at The Iowa Children’s Museum.

Sunset Heights Elementary will receive two family memberships to The Iowa Children’s Museum, as well as ten family admission passes to The Iowa Children’s Museum.

Scholtens will receive these things when she attends the award dinner on November 1st, she said. Her class is going to the museum on November 13th.

“I am excited to take my class to the museum as part of the award and to have my family with me at the award dinner,” Scholtens said.

Below is a photo from The Iowa Children’s Museum’s website of what “Exemplary Teaching” to promote active learning looks like.

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Congratulations, Dawn Scholtens!