Middle school teacher Kelly Pieprzyk shares a story about a student who refers to her reading intervention class as his “thinking class.” We’ve heard from many teachers like Kelly who find that struggling students are more engaged in lessons that require them to think critically and collaborate with their peers. These teachers’ experiences are proof that raising expectations raises student achievement.
His grandma told me that he really likes it because there’s good stuff he’s reading and he gets to do a lot of talking about it. I think it’s an example that some of our kids who are not as motivated or not as engaged throughout the rest of the day, they’re finally having a voice and being able to participate and feel comfortable.
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