Saturday, February 15, 2014

Motivating Students- When a TV Crew Shows up in your Classroom

It's not everyday a television crew shows up in our classrooms, but when they do, trust me, students are MOTIVATED! 

My school was recently highlighted on our local news for the progress we have made in Math over the past few years. Because I am department head, actually talking to the news fell upon me. 

We did a shoot in January, but for whatever reason, it never aired. They contacted us again this past week and asked to re shoot the footage. 

It aired last night. It's kind of embarrassing, but also cool! Of course, I am second guessing my choice of clothes. What was I thinking? I should have stood up straight! 

But, what's the story about? 
Here in Texas, our state offers a FREE computer program called Think Through Math. I know Live Love Math has blogged about it. I mentioned it before, but for some reason, haven't blogged about it much. 

In our school, we require students to pass two lessons a week. We do take grades for it as well. It is all outside of school, but we offer after school tutoring and Saturday times for them to use computers. It is very successful and our scores have risen. We do believe this is part of the improvement. The story really focuses on that aspect. 

If you would like to see the story, click here

Be sure to link up with Joanne for all your motivation ideas! 

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  1. YAY, Elizabeth! Congrats on your "media opp" and on your students' success in math!

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  2. That's so NEAT! Congratulations! Maybe you should ask them for an old camera to keep in your classroom at all times!
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  3. Cool! There's your 15 seconds of fame, right? This is awesome!

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  4. How cool! I just watched!


  5. Sounds like a great program! We have a town here called Elgin, but it's pronounced with a soft g sound.

  6. You go girl! How awesome for you! Extremely motivating! Is that the principal I made the poster for??!! I bet she's proud of you! :) Thanks for sharing and linking up Rock Star!
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