Why Classes should do SOLEs - A Persuasive Essay
This is a persuasive essay written by Princess Rebullo, a fifth grade student in Mr. Jamison’s class at Lawrence Intermediate School in Lawrenceville, NJ.
Do you ever wake up in the morning and think “School again?” You go to school and talk to your best friends. Then you look around and see how you can’t talk to everybody. Self Organized Learning Environments, also known as SOLEs, are a perfect way to work and cooperate with people in your class. They get the students’ minds thinking and learning about new questions they’ve never really thought about.
Learning and thinking more really helps your mind get going. SOLEs will help you leave your comfort zone and think outside of the box. Instead of your teacher teaching you a lesson on what the topic is about and you finding more research about it, you get a tough question and find all the information you need for it. Then we make a PowerPoint and present. SOLEs also teach us how to be confident when your speaking, and to be loud and clear.
Big questions can be hard and challenging. Sometimes when we first hear the question, you think this is really confusing, but when you start to get information you realize how easy it actually is. Hearing a big SOLE question makes you think how you never really thought before. Like say you got a question about mudfish and how they help build houses. You think to yourself, Mudfish? What are mudfish? But as you get to research about it, you find things you’ve never learned before.
The last reason classrooms should do SOLEs is to communicate and cooperate with all your classmates. You will need to know each other in order to work together. That’s important because you can learn from each other. Plus you’ll be with those kids for a whole year, so you might have to learn how to collaborate with them.
SOLEs aren’t just big questions. They’re also a way to work and get to know people, and find strategies to answer complex questions. Throughout the process you can also find the way you learn best. I encourage you to try and do SOLEs in your classroom!