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All posts by Katie Shonkwiler, BDS Third Grade Teacher

What is Project-Based Learning?


Project-based learning seems to be a buzz in the education world. Elementary, middle, and high schools are all using project-based learning as a way to try to engage all learners.
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Genius hour for 3rd graders


What is genius hour? Genius hour is one-hour-a-week that I let my Brookridge Day School 3rd graders research whatever topic they choose to research! YES! THEY CHOOSE! Every week there is an hour...
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Get to know us: 3rd Grade Teacher Katie Shonkwiler


Over the course of the next few months we’re going to introduce you to each one of the talented and dedicated professionals that make up Overland Park’s Brookridge Day School. We recently had 3rd...
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The Brookridge Testing Advantage


Here at Brookridge Day School, we pride ourselves on high state assessment scores year after year. You might wonder what the magic is behind this.  Easy…state assessments are not our focus! We...
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Why Building Teamwork in a Classroom is Important


I have always started my year out establishing a sense of “team” in my classroom. We begin with our classroom having a name of “Team Shonkwiler.”  That is how we refer to our class, the...
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The Benefit of Public Speaking at an Early Age


There are many benefits that come along with educating your child through the 3rd grade at Brookridge Day School.  One of those is the leadership opportunities that the 3rd graders have in our...
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5 tips to make going back to school easier on everyone


August is upon us and the school supplies have been purchased and first-day outfits are being chosen! For many parents, there is hidden joy with the children going back to school. For others, there...
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Making the Most of Homework Time


Homework can be a time of the day that is stressful on families, or it can be a time of the day that is used for responsibility and independence building skills! I have “been around the homework...
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Getting your picky eater to eat


How do I get my picky eater to eat? How do I stop the battles at the dinner table? These are questions that I am often asked by friends, parents, and co-workers. I turn to Love and Logic for the...
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Back to School: Getting your routine back


Yes, it is that time of year! Back to School! If you are anything like me you know that going back to school means lots of changes in the house. Changes with routines and changes with schedules. By...
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Effective strategies for dealing with whining in your home


Do you deal with whining in your house? Over the years, friends of mine and parents from my class have asked how to stop the whining. In my house, and my classroom, the children know that whining is...
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