Ne­boE­d­u­ca­tionFoun­da­tion gives­grantstolo­cal­teach­ers

Serve Daily - - LIFE EVENTS - By Lana Hiskey

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.

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