Laurel Hill's Teacher of the Year lets kids' curiosity drive discussion

Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 03:36 PM.

For example, "our history book doesn't go up to World War II, so we're pulling it together ourselves," Welsh said.

"Number of the Stars," a fictional book about a Jewish family's escape from the Nazis during World War II, helps contribute to students' understanding of the Holocaust, she said.

Additionally, her kids found a collection of war-themed books in the school library and maintain a pile of them on a table, which some students not in reading groups peruse.

Welsh has been at Laurel Hill School for seven years, teaching third and fifth grade, but she prefers the latter.

"I like it because they're bigger kids and they can do more," she said. "You can give them more responsibility."

Recently, the class scheduled a trip to New Orleans that students helped plan themselves. They began fund-raising at the beginning of the year, Welsh said.

"They're at that age where they can work together on things," she said.

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