Huntsville City Schools launched a new reading program for kindergarten through 5th grade just in time for the new school year. The new program focuses on a collaborative learning style. WAAY 31 visited a classroom to find out exactly what that means.
The principal of Monte Sano Elementary said reading levels in students tend to drop at the third grade level and the new program helps teachers fill in the gaps. The program is designed to strengthen the students reading and social skills. The collaborative learning style gives students the opportunity to learn from each other by using hand gestures to communicate.
The students are able to share their ideas and thoughts with the class and then discuss them. Third grade teacher Deborah Graham said she's used this teaching method for math classes in the past and is excited to use it in reading. She said she already sees a difference in her students.
"The 'I can' spirit and the confidence. Building their abilities to even try and persevere. And that's huge," said Graham.
Graham said the collaborative learning also influences the behavior of her students. She said the more engaged they are the more behaved they are.
More than 12,000 students will be taking part in the new program.