Third- and fourth-graders in the Spirit Club at Fairview Elementary School in Indiana recently collected 1,000 items during a three-week food drive that will help 10 families for Thanksgiving. The students participated in several events held during the drive, such as dressing up a food item as their favorite cartoon character.
Students in pre-calculus and Advanced Placement calculus classes at an Indiana high school recently took their math skills to another level during an extra-credit project to raise breast cancer awareness. Students said the project helped them apply math, but it also offered a meaningful learning opportunity.
At Test Intermediate School in Richmond, Ind., seventh-grader Alex Brown, who is deaf and cannot speak, has a chance to take general-education courses, play football and eat lunch with his friends. Brown uses an interpreter during class, but communicates with other students on his own during lunch. "He sits with his buddies, cuts up and has a great time," principal Stacy Mopps said.
A Catholic schools system in Indiana is adopting one-to-one computing programs for junior
and senior high-school students this fall, providing each student with a netbook to use in class and at home. The students will access course materials online, and teachers will shift their focus away from a traditional lecture-style approach to student-driven instruction.
Teachers, administrators and literacy coaches are working together in Richmond, Ind., schools to boost reading scores through the Richmond Community Schools Literacy Framework that some have credited with positive gains in pass rates among the district's students. The new framework, which includes workshops in reading and writing and lessons in language and words, is supported by local universities, and teachers were trained in the best practices for "brain-based learning."