Elizabeth Jackson’s fifth graders are using I Pads to teach their fellow second graders lessons that take time and patience. It’s a method called “teaching across grade levels.” According to Jackson having technology in the classroom makes it easy to learn from each other. “For them to go to the second graders and explain to them the newton’s 3 laws of motion and have the second graders come back to me and explain them and understand them, then relate it math as week, that’s mastery right there,” she said.
Jackson is now entering her ninth year as a math and science teacher and with the implementation of technology in the classroom her students have been able to start a YouTube channel to video tape their experiments. She said it’s a way to keep her students engaged, “when we were young we would go outside and play the culture was a lot different, now you have to challenge them with technology.”
With today’s STEM initiatives, incorporating technology is all a part of preparing a future workforce; one that Jackson has helped her students master to prepare them for their future.
With the honor of STEM Teacher of the month comes $200. Jackson gets to keep $100 for her personal use and spend the other half for her classroom. She tells 9 On Your Side she plans to use the money to buy more apps for the students to use on their I Pads and will get supplies for the school’s garden.
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