The Lewis Award Committee visited the classroom of Mrs. Marilyn Stuit, the 2015-2016 Recipient of the Monsignor Gerald Lawrence Lewis Award for Excellence in Teaching. Mrs. Stuit teaches Fifth Grade Language Arts and Science at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Chapel Hill. We captured a few teachable moments to share with you.
On this particular day, students are working on a multi-faceted writing project by creating “monsters” that peers will later use for descriptive writing.
The puppet, Mr. C.O.P.S., comes out during the writing process to engage students in a lighthearted manner. C.O.P.S. is an acronym for Capitalization, Organization, Punctuation and Spelling.
Mrs. Stuit has a beautiful classroom with two walls of windows looking out over the school grounds. Several bird feeders can be viewed throughout the day and Mrs. Stuit uses this to her advantage to enhance the students observational skills.