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Changing Culture And Increased Focus On Math At Snowflake Unified Greatly Improved Student Achievement
We’ve all heard someone say it. Maybe we’ve even said it ourselves. “I’m just no good at math!” It’s an epidemic in this country, and it’s something that every educator is battling as youth hear this sentiment from parents, coaches, and other influencers.
Thankfully, some educators have found ways of inspiring students and building their arithmetic confidence. For close to a decade, math skills have been a primary focus for the Snowflake Unified School District, and they have seen great success as a result.
At a rural district with more than 2,600 students in the Snowflake and Taylor areas, where close to half of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, leadership knew they would need to create strong alignment between the teams at two k-3 schools, two 4-6 schools, the junior high, and high schools. They understood that some teachers were highly effective, which created pockets of success, but that wasn’t enough. New teachers needed more guidance and teams would need to integrate between grade levels, allowing for smoother transitions for students.
The resulting professional learning communities (PLC) has ushered in system-wide gains. Grade level teachers plan together, share best practices, and trouble-shoot challenges in regular meetings. In one instance, a third grade teacher had such impressive results that she shared her methods with the district and many of her team members adopted similar tactics. The district sent teacher representatives to PLC training, who brought their learnings back to the schools to ensure that they’re all working from the same playbook. To help support teachers, the district undertook a refresh of their curriculum map, which has made a big difference in student achievement.
Please take a moment to view the complete article on the Expect More Arizona website.
Wind Car Experiment
Nikki Woley's 6th grade class conducted a wind car experiment on Thursday, February 8. It was a fun learning experience for all!
What would our school do without our wonderful secretaries? Melanie Self and Becki Lewis, we want to let you know how much we appreciate your hard work for our school and students! Our students showed their appreciation by giving notes and gifts to these helpful ladies. Thank you again for all that you do!
Congratulations to our students who made the principal's list, superintendent's list, honorable mention, and perfect attendance! Keep up the good work!
Fun With Skittles
Math and Skittles are a perfect combination to learn math skills. Mrs. Woley likes to use Skittles to make a math lesson fun and exciting. What a great way to start the school year.
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