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edu180atl: shanzeh sheikh 10.23.12

At The Walker School, we have three main sets of classes for each fifth grade homeroom. Mrs. Herrmann teaches math and word studies, Mrs. Carter teaches reading, spelling, and grammar, and Dr. Martin teaches science and social studies. The order of these classes changes every quarter. Learning different things at different times of day prepares us for our future in middle school, high school, and in life. 

Today we started with math and word studies. Here we learned how to divide using the traditional division algorithm and did some challenging math problems. Next we had reading, spelling, and grammar. We reviewed one of my favorite books, The Tale of Despereaux, and also learned a few word stems. Learning the origin of words helps us understand the words we use everyday.

We then went to the art room. Here we traced our hands and made intricate designs inside the tracings. I made mine look like the creases in a real hand. Our last class was science. We learned about the amazing circulatory system of the animals in the phylum Chordate (or Vertebrates) which includes fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Learning how the body works helps us take care of ourselves and might inspire some of us to be real scientists one day.

This was just another exciting and enjoyable day at Walker. You won’t believe what we have in store tomorrow! It is going to be International Day at school. There will be a ‘Parade of Nations’ and then a ‘Taste of Nations’ to celebrate the diversity of students here. I can’t wait to come to school every day to learn fascinating stuff from my teachers.

What I learned today on Tuesday, October 23rd is that I can use what I learn today to prepare me for my future.

About the Author: Shanzeh is a fifth grader who loves reading and writing. She likes math, science, and history. She is a swimmer, plays the piano, and is a Girl Scout. 

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  1. Carol McLaughlin #

    Shanzeh,
    I really enjoyed reading your informative post. Your school seems amazing! Which part of the day do you think you learn best?
    Miss Mac
    2nd grade teacher
    Birmingham,AL

    October 23, 2012
    • Shanzeh Sheikh #

      Dear Miss Mac,
      It is exciting to get a comment from Birmingham, AL. That is where I was born! Yes, Walker is amazing! I feel I learn best in the late morning, which is when I am most alert.
      Thank you so much,
      Shanzeh Sheikh

      October 24, 2012
  2. Shanzeh,
    It is wonderful to see how much you have learned since you were in my class in first grade. I enjoyed reading your writing then and now. I am so proud of you.

    October 24, 2012
  3. Shanzeh,

    What I learned from you today is how impressive you are! You make the most of each moment here at school, taking risks and seizing opportunities to grow as a person. Your love of learning makes me a better teacher because I know you are always willing to wholeheartedly accept a challenge when I present it to you.

    Mrs. Carter

    October 24, 2012
  4. Karlyn Zimmerman #

    Shanzeh,
    I am so proud of you! It is really fun for me (and all your former teachers in the Preschool) to see how you are growing up and becoming a true scholar and an excellent writer.
    Mrs. Zimmerman
    Preschool Media Specialist

    October 24, 2012
  5. Shanzeh,

    Thanks so much for you sharing your experiences with us! I am a high school principal from Chicago and I hope my students leave school as inspired as you clearly are. Please keep blogging!

    Mr. Jason Markey
    Principal
    East Leyden HIgh School

    October 24, 2012
  6. Roberto Llopart #

    Shanzeh,

    I continue to be impressed with your critical thinking and writing skills. You were always very enthusiastic in our Reading and Math rotations and I love to see that your enthusiasm for learning has led you to share it with others. We are very proud of your growth and look forward to see what else you will accomplish. Don’t forget to do the Friday dance!!

    Mr. Llopart
    1st Grade
    The Walker School

    October 24, 2012
  7. Shanzeh, You have to be one of the most amazing 5th graders ever!!! Starting your own blog?!?!?! Great job, and keep it up!

    October 24, 2012
  8. kathy10ee@yahoo.com #

    Shanzeh, I loved reading your writing! I felt like I was there and I am there! Our school is pretty wonderful, I agree. Walker provides many different days for us to enjoy learning and teaching !
    Mrs Tenney
    Asst 5th Grade teacher
    Walker School

    October 24, 2012
  9. Your post is a perfect reminder that students learn best when they see meaning and purpose in their studies. When a person cares deeply about staying healthy, she will want to learn about the human body. When a person feels a strong need to be understood, she will learn the art of communication. We don’t learn in a vacuum, with no context, waiting for the day when we grow up and can finally see the meaning in and apply what we’ve learned. We learn because we need that knowledge for ourselves – right then and there. Thanks for helping us see that.

    October 24, 2012
  10. Shanzeh,
    What an excellent post! I have no doubt that your future will be as bright as your smile.
    Mrs. Brown
    5th grade

    October 24, 2012
  11. Cecelia Sullivan #

    Dearest Shanzeh,

    You take my breath away with your fierce independence, love of learning, and your want to share that love of learning with others. We at the Walker School are so honored to have you as a student.
    Please write about a day when you and your clasmates visit the library. I will enjoy taking that journey with you as well.

    October 24, 2012
  12. Mrs. Herrmann #

    Shanzeh,
    Maya Angelou, an American author and poet, influences many people as she shares words with her readers. She once said, “I believe that every person is born with talent.” As your teacher, I want you to know that I witness and applaud your many talents each and every day. Continue to share your love for learning, and always be proud of yourself. You are an amazing young lady!
    Mrs. Herrmann

    October 24, 2012
  13. Kim Rodrigues #

    Congratulations, Shanzeh! That you are published but moreso that you love to learn and express yourself. What an exciting future is in store for you!

    October 24, 2012
  14. mulroyl #

    Shanzeh,
    You are such an impressive young lady. I am amazed by your ability to find learning opportunities all around you.
    Mrs. Mulroy

    October 24, 2012
  15. Shanzeh, I am so proud of you. I am not only impressed by the quality of your writing, but also that you have taken this opportunity to do something new and different.
    Dr. Martin

    October 24, 2012
  16. What I really enjoyed about your blog post is the connections you are making between what you are learning and how it relates to you. If you can continue to do this, or ask the question of your teachers when you’re not sure, you’ll get more out of your education and maintain an active role in how you learn. It’s always exciting to read about students who are engaged in their learning! Keep sharing!

    October 24, 2012
  17. Trish Nicolas #

    Shanzeh – Terrific job! I know your parents are so proud of you! We will look forward to visiting your blog and reading your perspectives. Best, – Trish Nicolas (Margaux’s Mom)

    October 24, 2012
  18. Anna Goeppner #

    Congratulations Shanzeh!! Great job! You totally deserve to be published. You are an incredible writer. Keep it up. We all love you.

    October 24, 2012
  19. Melissa Gilbert #

    Shanzeh, thank you so much for sharing your love of Walker and of learning with us. You are such a talented young lady in every area. I am so excited to continue watch you grow in wisdom and knowledge.

    October 25, 2012
  20. Tiffany Fromm #

    Great writing Shanzeh! Thanks for letting us
    Know more about the day at Walker. You
    Are so talented!

    October 25, 2012
  21. Shanzeh,
    You are a beautiful writer and I so appreciate your love of learning! I know that you are also passionate about math and embace a challenging problem to solve. Mrs. Hussey

    October 25, 2012
  22. samhussey #

    Shanzeh,
    You write so beautifully and your love of learning is obvious! I know that you are passionate about mathematics and embrace a challenging problem to solve. Nicely done! Mrs. Hussey

    October 25, 2012
  23. I had completely forgotten what 5th grade was like but this reminds me and makes me excited for what my boys will experience when they reach their last year of middle school. This was very well written Shanzeh. Thank you for sharing.

    October 26, 2012
  24. Shanzeh,
    It was wonderful to read about your day of learning at Walker. I agree…there is always something exciting and interesting to learn at our school. It is a joy to see how much you have learned since you were in preschool! One of my favorite quotes is from philosopher, Paulo Freire, who talks about how we are all in a state of “unfinishedness.” We all are always learning and you have certainly demonstrated that in your perceptions and your writing! Congrats!
    Mrs. Doss

    October 26, 2012
  25. Mrs. Goggin #

    Shanzeh,
    Thank you for sharing your love of learning and writing. I’m sorry I missed teaching you in third grade! Maybe you could inspire my class to start blogging. Please come visit room 306. We would love a visit from a published author!

    October 27, 2012
  26. Adam Rodenberger #

    What a great post! I’m impressed by your writing skills. You wrote a very good story and makes me excited that our son is at Walker, though he is in 1st Grade, is headed in the right direction with so much passion for school & learning as demonstrated by your post. Keep up the great work!

    Adam Rodenberger

    October 29, 2012
  27. Ms. Howard #

    I loved reading your post, Shanzeh, and enjoy reading all of the wonderful feedback you have received from people all over…not just those in The Walker School community. Your confidence to try something new (be the first Walker student to write for this project) and reflect so openly (in public) is a powerful thing…we adults can learn from you and your example! Keep up the good thinking, writing, and sharing…you’ll be glad you did!

    October 30, 2012

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