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In Adair County Schools, Innovation is everywhere
At Adair County Middle School, newest teacher Jessica Holt shares goals of district, but she's initiated a unique idea for creating enthusiasm to implement those aims.
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By Shamarie Claiborne
Adair County School District Media Publicity Coordinator
Innovation is everywhere you look these days in the Adair County School District. Adair County Middle Schools newest Science Teacher Jessica Holt wants her students to take PRIDE (a theme held in high regard at the middle school) in taking the initiative to create a classroom that is clean, enjoyable, friendly, and an overall safe learning environment. So you might be saying those ideas are not really innovative since the entire middle school believes the same thing. What is different about Ms. Holt's room is how she implements the philosophy!
Every student enrolled in one of Ms. Holt's classes receives a list of "jobs" available and then completes a job application. Some of the positions available include the following: student teachers (responsible for teaching absent students what they missed and helping with peer tutoring), reporter (reads announcements to the class and starts the I CAN statement each day), student ambassadors (introduce new students to class procedures, welcome visitors into the classroom and explain the daily objective), maintenance manager (cleans up around the room, operates lights during lessons, puts all tables and chairs where they should be), attendance director (takes attendance at the beginning of class), librarian, messenger, receptionist, and the list goes on.
Based on the completed applications in which students have described their experience/strengths much in the same fashion as the adult world operates, positions are then filled by the most qualified applicants. Every student in the classroom receives a job. Students are required to identify their top three preferred positions on their applications. Efforts are made to ensure students receive one of their preferred positions, but of course as we all know, there can't be twenty attendance directors. After a student receives his/her job for the semester, that student is required to sign a statement promising to perform the job duties to the best of his/her abilities.
The real world connections are off the charts, and Ms. Holt hopes the jobs create a classroom environment where students take responsibility for their actions as well as their own individual learning. In the end, the most important thing I saw was how much the children were truly enjoying the process! - Shamarie Claiborne, Adair County School District Media Publicity Coordinator
This story was posted on 2013-12-04 10:20:47
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