Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Exploring Untraditional Teaching Methods

Boys in Ginny Stevens' third-grade classroom spent the school year without desks. It wasn't because of budget cuts -- it was action research.
Stevens and about 80 other Clark County School District educators displayed their findings after months of unorthodox teaching practices May 13 as part of the fifth annual Best Practices Action Research Data Fair at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd.
Stevens' class of 22 boys had small, portable desktops to work on, but how they positioned themselves and where they sat, or lay, was up to them.
"Furniture really does get in the way," Stevens said. "They like free seating, and it offered a lot of flexibility. Boys need more space than girls. They like to stretch out."

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