History Comes Alive at Wetumpka Elementary School with Biography Museum – Elmore-Autauga News
BY AMANDA PEVEY
PHOTOS BY PAYTON ROBERTSON, WES
Payton Robertson, 2 years oldn/a teacher from Wetumpka Elementary School, hosted a live biographical museum on Friday, February 25and. Robertson’s class has a total of 17 students. In attendance were other classes from the school, parents, grandparents, siblings, counselors, Wetumpka Elementary School principal Gigi Hankins and speech pathologist Kelley Fuller.
A live biography museum consists of students dressed as a famous person from history and they have written a biography about that person. These incredible students wrote a biography essay of their famous person, made posters, prepared a speech and made amazing costumes at home to present at the museum.
Robertson, spoke to EAN saying, “Each student worked for several weeks researching famous people in history and their significance. Every year, I challenge my students to push their learning outside of their comfort zone. This project has always been a favorite. My students work for weeks preparing for this project, and they also get to choose who their famous person is.
Students discover the youth, the family, the difficulties, the importance and the impact of the person they have chosen. They take this research to the next level by completing their live biography. To make this project work, students create posters that serve as backdrops. On the posters there are pictures, facts and important information.
“I love this part of the project because it serves as a link between home and school and really allows parents to see their child’s learning. Students also write a speech that allows them to become their person,” Robertson said. “They practice this speech for weeks before the big event. A lot of my students have to really push themselves for this project. They must overcome their fears, practice confidence and balance. They really amaze me with their determination every year.
This is Robertson’s third year for the project with his classes. She said that every year it continues to improve.
“These children are truly amazing and I am blessed to be their teacher. They impact my life every day and I can only hope that these learning experiences will impact theirs as well,” Robertson said.
Robertson told a few students in his class about their favorite part of the project. One student said: “I loved dressing up as Princess Diana, and I was so happy my family came too.
Another student dressed up as Orville Wright, and his favorite part of his project was the poster. “I have to do it at home and my family has to help me. I also loved my speech because it gave me confidence.
Michelle Obama, Pocahontas, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, George Washington, Jackie Robinson, Mother Teresa, Princess Diana, and Orville Wright are some of the famous people the students have portrayed and studied for the project.
“The (living) wax museum is a trusted experience for students. It was obvious that the students were proud of their work, their costumes and their presentations. Listening to students talk about their famous American made me smile, because I know public speaking will lead them to be more confident and expressive adults. It was a positive opportunity for each student to shine and learn some history too. I look forward to this event every year,” said Kelley Fuller, speech pathologist at Wetumpka Elementary School.
For more information on Wetumpka Elementary School, please visit their website at: https://wetumpkaelemelmoreal.schoolinsites.com or Facebook page at: www.Facebook.com/WetumpkaElementary.com.