Originally Published: September 8, 2014 6 a.m.
Bradshaw Mountain Middle School hosted its second annual Parent Switch Day on Aug. 20. Sixty-three family members visited for either part or all of the day.
All parents were able to participate in the lesson in each of their child's classes. Many parents commented that the math lessons that incorporate the use of manipulatives to teach a concept, were not only fun, but that they finally understood integers. In science, the parents were pleased to see that the scientific method hasn't changed, and loved the application-based lesson that helped them re-learn this concept.
"The parents enjoyed learning how to play the guitar in our guitar classes, acting out plays in drama, and learning new songs in choir. BMMS parents also loved learning about the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) class and spending time working with their child's peers," according to a news release.
And just like the students, the parents' favorite electives were physical education and the Paxton Patterson Action Lab. The lab is a program comprised of instructional units that examine the five technological areas of study aligned to the Standards for Technology (STL): communication, transportation, manufacturing, production, and bio-related technology.
There was one intense game of dodge ball that day and the Action Lab was a little chaotic with the excitement from the parents as they learned about nursing, robotics and flight technology.
The parents also had a chance to buy a special lunch in the cafeteria and the students enjoyed the chance to have their family member get to know their friends.
Most of the parents were exhausted by the end of the day and were ready for a snack and a nap. "This was harder than real work today, and the teachers are amazing. Thank you for allowing us to visit," one parent said.
Principal Jessica Bennett always responds to comments like that with, "BMMS is an amazing place to be, and parents are welcome to visit our campus any time to experience all that we have to offer."
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