Mark Youngdale
2017 2nd grade Bonsai display


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My name is Mark Youngdale. I am the English Learner teacher for first, second, and fourth grades.

I am honored to teach your children and have high expectations for them to increase their English language proficiency from single words to expressing complex ideas. This year, much of my focus is helping students to be able to articulately speak, write, and understand, important ideas in science and social studies.

I have been working with children for the past 30 years, and is my sixth year at Sheridan Arts.  I have traveled much of the world and taught in China. I wanted  to understand the challenges of learning a new language in a different country.




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2nd grade Bonsai display at MN State Fair

Last year Sheridan second graders planted and tended Bonsai trees. Their Bonsai presentation was displayed at the Minnesota State Fair where thousands of people saw their work.

Much to my surprise, they won a second place award. 
The judge looked at the health of the trees, the artistic presentation, and the technique used. Needless to say, it was a rigorous assessment.
This was not a mercy award given just because they were kids. The names of all the artists were turned upside down so the judge did not know who created the display. They earned this!
Bonsai is an art that combines science and art.
The students learned about soil composition, tree physiology, and the needs of living things, and more. They also had to make decisions on how to make their presentation aesthetically pleasing.