Teachers will discuss each of the 13 crucial reading goals during staff development meetings throughout the year and opportunities will be provided for teachers to share experiences as they implement the step-by-step strategies in the book. Stephanie Anderson, Payson Junior
High School, Payson Stephanie Anderson, a science teacher at Payson Junior High School, said this grant will be used to purchase digital dissecting microscopes. These microscopes can be used for biology dissections and inspections of animal specimens, dirt, rocks and mineral samples. Students will be able to view live images on an LCD touch screen. This means students will be able to capture images of their specimen and view images as a group. Lisa Christensen, Mapleton Elementary School, Mapleton Lisa Christensen, a fourth-grade teacher at Mapleton Elementary School, said this grant will be used to purchase Level N, O, P and Q books for the school’s leveled library. The new titles will be used while working with students in Guided Reading Groups. Obtaining the new books will enhance teachers’ ability to work with students in small group reading instruction. Tami Evans, Brookside Elementary
School, Springville Fourth-grade teacher Tami Evans said this grant will be used to purchase ear-canceling earmuffs for her students to use during independent work. The class already has a few pairs of earmuffs, but they are so popular that there are never enough to go around. Students especially love using them during writing activities as they block out distracting noises. Evans said some of the benefits from what her class calls the “funny ears” include better reading comprehension, higher math concept retention and more fluent writing.