Each December, the WKBN 27 Caring for Our Community campaign recognizes four teachers across the Valley and surprises them with $500. Teachers apply to win, then a panel picks the entries with the best ideas. Our second winner comes from Crestview Middle School in Columbiana, Ohio.
Stephanie Stewart, a fifth-grade teacher at Crestview Middle School, plans to use the $500 she received from WKBN’s Creative Classroom Contest to purchase large-scale maps for her classroom.
They aren’t just any maps, however.
Stewart plans to use the maps with her classroom’s Sphero Mini Robots, which are used to generate interest in robotics and programming.
The maps would show the United States, the world, the 13 colonies and Pangea. Teachers will use them to demonstrate latitude and longitude, reenact wars and better demonstrate geography and climate.
“We are hoping to buy maps so that they can map out different, learn about wars, like the American Revolution and things, or they can also look at explorers and see how they went around the world,” Stewart said.
Stewart said she believes that the maps will keep the students more engaged in the classroom.
“We strive to help our students love learning and to apply their learning in new and creative ways. The purchase of these maps would allow us to extend student learning and provide them with new and creative learning opportunities,” Stewart wrote in her application.
Stewart calls teaching “very rewarding.”