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Pulaski eighth graders develop ‘Quality World’ collages using iPad technology

Pulaski Junior High School eighth graders put their technology knowledge to the test when they created Quality World collages using iPads in their math classrooms.

The project tasked students to create a personalized collage using images that represent their “Quality World” and their “basic needs.”

Using the iPad to take “selfies” are team partners Alison Smith, left, and Ashleigh Hilton. The self-portrait photos will be used in their QW collages for their 8th grade math class.
Using the iPad to take “selfies” are team partners Alison Smith, left, and Ashleigh Hilton. The self-portrait photos will be used in their QW collages for their 8th grade math class.

The classes studied the Pulaski Academy and Central School District’s basic needs philosophy that explains that quality of life basic needs, food, shelter, and clothing for survival but happiness involves four additional needs: belonging, freedom, empowerment, and fun.

The self-examination exercise had students identify ways they individually fulfill those four needs to create balance and happiness in their lives.

The students also examined their individual learning styles which were determined using a Multiple Intelligence Survey.

Math teacher Kim Lawrence, shared her own “quality world” collage, which allowed students an opportunity to learn a little about the personal side of their teacher and what brings her happiness in life.

Pulaski Middle School math teacher Kim Lawrence explains the breakout of how her quality world collage relates to her life and how balance between the four categories helps create personal peace and happiness.
Pulaski Middle School math teacher Kim Lawrence explains the breakout of how her quality world collage relates to her life and how balance between the four categories helps create personal peace and happiness.

Math teacher Leah Ford’s classes also created the collages in their eighth grade classes. The classes began their projects following an overview of Dr. William Glasser’s work on basic needs and quality world.

The project is also a natural way for students to better understand and explore who they are and identify what matters most in their individual happiness.

The project also seeks to build community and sharing in the classrooms, enabling students to get to know one another better through the interaction.

Becoming familiar with and learning to use the iPads is another bonus. The iPad technology is being used in more classes and students enjoy using them to learn.

The finished projects will be on display in the classrooms during the Middle School/High School open house, which will be held on October 10 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.