A day of teaching and learning at the Fair
A day of teaching and learning at the Fair
Posted on 09/18/2017
A day of teaching and learning at the Fair

Puyallup students celebrated at the Washington State Fair with loud music, exciting dance, engaging lessons, and creative activities. On Wednesday, September 13 the Pavilion was alive with the organized chaos one can only find at the fair. Visitors to the celebration observed Puyallup School District’s Day of Teaching and Learning at the Fair.

It was a chance for the district to demonstrate the quality instruction for which it is known. Using the stage and booth areas in the Pavilions (near the fountain) students and staff provided interactive instruction in several formats with one primary goal – engaging visitors as learners.

gansangoStudents from Spinning Elementary were invited to take a field trip to the fair this year. They learned about Hawaiian music, dance, and culture from the Asia Pacific Culture Center. They also learned about communications using the drumming and dance of West Africa from the performing group Gansango. Following the stage performances and learning some dance moves, students moved to a model classroom and engaged in Guided Language Acquisition Development (AVID) lessons using the newest technology in the district.

The Career and Technical Education (CTE) section wasflight sim buzzing with activity as visitors learned about Engineering and Technology by building small lanterns and kaleidoscopes. They became more familiar with the district’s aviation program by flying virtually using the flight simulator. There were demonstrations from the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC), Automotive program, and more. The highlight of the CTE program was a robotics demonstration and competition.

marimbaSeveral elementary general music teachers and their students provided lively performances in marimba bands, ukulele and drumming ensembles, steel drum groups, and even body percussion. Audiences were wowed by the student musicians and learned how music is taught through engaging activities led by the teachers. For some in the audience, the day was more of a workshop in excellent music instruction.

In the model classroom, fair visitors saw some of the newest technology now being used in Puyallup schools. In recent weeks each seventh grade student in the district received their own computer – a tablet. Students are to use this device for their studies and to take home with them for homework during the school year. At the fair, some students participated in a science lesson using their tablets. Eventually, each student in grades four through 12 will receive their own devices..

In the evening, high school students took over the Pavilion with drumlines, cheerleaders, dance teams, and chamber singers. The crowd changed every 45 minutes as each high school celebrated in their own way. Visitors took great pride in their students and their school showing appreciation for the student performers.

For decades, the unique partnership between the district and the fair has provided families with greater access to the state fair and has given the district an opportunity to feature students and their accomplishments in a popular and well-attended venue. This fall, the changes to Fair Day allowed students and staff to demonstrate their work in a new way. We hope visitors have a better understanding of the school district’s daily efforts to facilitate excellent instruction, student growth, and achievement.