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    Learning at Pike View Elementary via Arkansas A+ Schools

    8:00 PM, Aug 27, 2012   |    comments
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A new way of teaching is being implemented in schools in central Arkansas, and we're following them to see if it works in a special project called A+ Arkansas.

    We documented teachers training in the new method all summer, and now we are a week into school.

    A+ Arkansas is geared toward helping students learn all subjects by incorporating the arts. We visited with a fifth grade class at Pike View Elementary while they worked through an A+ style math lesson.

    "It's very cool to be a fifth grader because you get to learn a lot more stuff, and learn in a new way," says fifth grader Gabi Perez. She's one of the many students at Pike View Elementary learning through the A+ method.

    "For me, it is a confirmation of the things I liked to do in teaching, and the things I saw kids learning from," says Renita Parker who has been teaching for 27 years. She says thanks to implementing A+ Arkansas, her students are working together more.

    "We're not so much worried that it has to be absolutely quiet because students learn differently and they have different ways of working things out and comprehending, and they may not be quiet," says Parker.

    The biggest addition to the classroom is movement.

    "And that's a big adjustment for me. It's being able to handle all the movement, all the activity, and realize it's OK they are still learning. It's not out of control," says Parker.

    Parker used movement in her math lesson Monday morning, teaching concepts by having the students group together and come up with word problems. From the looks of almost every hand going up, the students seemed to be both learning and enjoying it.

    "I do like group work because you get to share ideas, and you get to consider them," says Parker.

    All of Pike View Elementary is implementing A+ Arkansas. Today's THV is dedicated to seeing if it really works, and we'll continue to check in with the schools who are using the method.

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