Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Sunshine Spotlight | Lisset Carrasco, Teacher

Meet Lisset Carrasco:: Educator for 8 years, 3rd Grade at Grover Cleveland Elementary School, Chicago, IL

Shares Her Love For: Language Arts, Math, Writing, Science/Social Studies Inclusion, Phonics Inclusion, Handwriting

Spotlight on Her Commitment to: Letting every child tell their story

At The Sunshine Method, we strive to spotlight individuals in our communities who are making a difference every day. We had the amazing privilege of interviewing one of these individuals – 2018 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Finalist Lisset Carrasco! Lisset is a guiding and empowering figure to her students, an educator that inspires us with her commitment to her children’s success both inside and outside of the classroom, and her mission to #ignitecuriosity and celebrate diversity with each and every child. Check out our interview with Lisset on her everyday goals as an educator, the most challenging aspect of the work she does, and one thing everyone should know about her students!

Sunshine: [Here at Sunshine, we start every morning with the goal to learn something new every day,] what is your goal when you walk into the classroom each morning?

Lisset: As an educator, my everyday goal is to motivate, guide, and foster creativity in all my diverse students. I strive to create a responsive environment where my students feel comfortable to make mistakes, where they push each other to investigate the world around them, and support each other through collaborative learning. My goal is to provide them with the tools necessary to become confident, active members, of our multicultural society.

Sunshine: [We all know that teaching has its challenges,] what would you say is the most challenging aspect of the work you do?

Lisset: The most rewarding challenge is helping my students become strong individuals. The diversity each child brings into our classroom through a plethora of background knowledge, cultures, and customs plays a strong role in their academic learning. The challenge is guiding my students in understanding the important role their individuality plays in our classroom culture. This individuality shapes and strengthens their academic path to lifelong learning.

Sunshine: [You know your students so well,] what do you wish everyone else could know about your students?

Lisset: I would want others to know that my students are all unique individuals and have the potential to be and do great things. That every child has a story to tell. That after taking the time to learn about them, their needs, motivations, and aspirations in life, I have learned that they are multifaceted little humans who have different learning modalities and paths but that they all have one thing in common: The capability to become anything they set their mind to be. All they need is someone to believe in them so that they can believe in themselves.

Thank you to Lisset, and all of our fellow educators that are committed to making a difference in a child’s life!

SunChild Foundation | Get Ex-Static about Science!

Who among us can deny having once been awestruck by the simple pleasure of rubbing a balloon on one’s head and discovering the wonder of static electricity?

Monday evening, the children at The Children’s Home Society shelter were able to experience a similar joy with our SunChild Foundation volunteers while conducting multiple scientific experiments, all with the aim of teaching the children about static electricity. Kids of all ages were able to participate in decorating their own balloons, and were later mesmerized when their toys became powerful tools capable of bending water, moving a soda can across the table, and- yes- even playing a good-natured jest on an unsuspecting victim.

Throughout the activity, the children were introduced to the concepts of energy and static electricity. Older children were able to expand on the knowledge they have begun covering in their elementary and middle school classrooms, while younger children relinquished their balloon fights to join in on the conversation. While the kids worked together to realize the objectives of the lesson, volunteers were reminded of the most powerful force—that of children being children: inspired, inquisitive, and wholeheartedly engrossed in learning about the world they occupy as soon as they are encouraged to do so.