Jennifer Rode: DREAMS
Mrs. Rode has a BS in Economics from UCSC. She has a multiple subject Education credential from SDSU. She is currently pursuing a credential in Mathematics.
Mrs. Rode has been student teacher in 4th grade at LR Green in Escondido. She’s been a long term sub at Del Mar Heights. Last year, Jennifer worked as an aide in Alana Howell’s classroom here at Mission Estancia.
Mrs. Rode is from North County San Diego and she graduated from Torrey Pines High School. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving, running, swimming, working with children, and most importantly spending time with family and friends. Jennifer’s husband, who is an Engineer, loves to hear about the wonderful projects going on in DREAMS!
Q & A
Give us some highlights about the DREAMS class and what the students will be learning this year….
This year, I’m excited for our class to get students involved in a number of hands on, student-driven projects. Kids will explore and learn through their ideas and research. I’ve prepared a number of project ideas that involve building and experimenting, however, I will be creating a student Idea/Question/Suggestion box for kids to propose project ideas that they are interested in. If a student dreams of building a high flying paper plane or has always wondered about whether certain items sink or float, then they can add it to the Idea box and we can explore as a class =).
What’s your favorite concept/lesson to teach in regards to DREAMS?
My favorite concept is that mistakes are a good as students can learn and grow from them. The only failure comes from giving up on a task or dream. Students will learn more from a challenge and the effort that they put into their work.
What app could you not live without?
Pinterest is very beneficial for idea hunting.
If you had a you tube channel what would you name it?
Students with big DREAMS!
What are your goals for our kiddos this year?
I want every student to have the opportunity to problem solve and test their ideas. I believe being able to problem solve is such a key trait to carry through life, I’m excited to contribute to that skill set.
What’s the driving motivation or inspiration for teaching DREAMS to kids? Where does your inspiration come from? What inspires your love for this subject?
Growing up, I was involved in a number of programs that supported problem-solving, from the Science Olympiad to Girl Scouts. My interest for problem solving has led me to develop a love of subjects like math, science, and engineering. I believe DREAMS can inspire students in a similar way.