Elizabeth Odens, Hunter Wilkes, Joey Olson, Judson
Population of Plankinton: 719 (0% urban, 100% rural)
Location: 20 miles West of Mitchell, SD
Business climate: Thriving main street with a variety of
Males: 356 (49.6%)
Females: 363 (50.4%)
The Republican party was the top fund-raiser among
political parties in Plankinton.
86% of commuters drive to work. Commuters in the city
enjoy easier drives to work than most people.
Technological Resources used:
A Promethean board that couples with a laptop
Videos from YouTube and Teachertube
Pinterest, teacherspayteachers website
Students are not provided a laptop or IPad for class
Not all students have access to a computer at any
time, so if they were provided with one it would be
easier to assign certain projects
Routine and Rules:
Start with a Bell Ringer
Review at the end of each day
7th grade was split into 2 sections. Twins were split up,
along with some “best friends.”
Seating arrangement where the better students sit
towards the back, and the students who aren’t
achieving at levels satisfactory at the front and in his
view from his desk.
Factoring in advanced and less advanced
Focuses more on going after the students who are
less interested in the content.
The advanced students do not lose interest
Diversity within the classroom:
Mostly white students from the area in 7th grade
Some who are Latin American, but speak very good
Special Needs/Language barriers:
One child that he would place near the severe and
profound area of the autism spectrum.
Still expected to behave appropriately in the gym.
Biggest day to day Challenge:
The consistency he strives to bring into his classroom
The students who do not want to be there
Get used to people being on your case.
Kids, teachers, co-workers, and especially parents
Long hours, not just a 7:30-3:30 job.
Teach because you want to make a difference in a
As of 2010, total population of Plankinton
School District 01-1 is 1,281.
Population Density: 4.62 people per square
Average education level is lower than the state
average and is lower than the national
Prevalent race is white: 91.96% of the total
1,178 (91.96%, #115)
Black: 6 (0.47%, #29)
Hispanic: 94 (7.34%, #4)
Asian: 3 (0.23%, #72)
Native (American Indian, Alaska Native, Hawaiian
Native, etc.): 35 (2.73% #48)
One Race, Other: 50 (3.90%, see rank)
Two or More Races: 9 (0.70%, see rank)