Desiree has a problem: she’s a butterfly, and she wants to fly at night. She wants follow her dreams and dance in the dark. But her mother and father have told her that only bats, owls, and moths fly at night.
Should she risk following her dreams and face the unfamiliar? Or should she be like the other monarchs that only fly during the day?
Jacquie Faber was an elementary school teacher in Marin country for thirty-seven years. She spent twenty-six years at Wade Thomas School in San Anselmo where she taught third grade and specialized in Project Based Learning P.B.L. This is a way of teaching that empowers students by giving them a chance to decide what specific areas of the curriculum they would like to study. Students pick a chosen subject they are interested in, like butterflies, then write about it and design a project to go along with their writing. Jacquie and her students evaluated their projects on rubrics they designed together. The rubrics were based on standards from the California State Curriculum. In 1999 Jacquie was awarded the Golden Bell Award for her work. She also mentored teachers from other school districts on P.B.L.
Jacquie taught the Gifted Writing Program for the whole Ross Valley School District.
In her own classroom she taught students that mistakes are opportunities to learn, and “to follow their bliss.” She received her teaching certificate from San Francisco State, graduating in 1965 with a Lifetime Credential in Elementary Education.
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