Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Rees Elementary showcases programs for Nebo board

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Representatives from Rees Elementary School in Spanish Fork recently highlighted some of the school’s programs at a meeting of the Nebo School District Board of Education. Rees Principal Ryan Pitcher started the presentation by boasting about the school’s secret weapon: its supportive parents. He then introduced the second-grade students, who sang Rees’ school song.

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Pitcher also shared informationa about the school’s Conceptual Mathematic Instruction. “The big idea behind CMI is that students understand why certain math concepts work rather than just trying to get students to memorize. It means going deeper with fewer problems than just lots of practice going through memorized steps. It is thinking critically and being able to analyze,” he said.

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School Community Councilmember Camille Hill then addressed the board and explained how the School Trustland funds were being used. They help fund technology, reading, math and the arts.

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First-grade teacher Jacquelyn Searle and fifth-grade teacher Sarah Ledingham both shared examples of CMI and showed students actively engaged in developing, practicing and solidifying concepts through video.

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“As we received more training on CMI, I learned that we have to get students to share their solution to the class. It has been fascinating to see how the students have developed and progressed,” Searle said.

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“I love teaching CMI. One aspect that is the most crucial is student questioning. Our students explore the ‘why’ behind how math works. CMI has literally changed my life,” Ledingham said. To see a glimpse of the presentations, go to the Rees Elementary School Facebook page.

Chris Baird
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Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.
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