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Jacksonville Country Day Teacher of the Week

5:34 PM, Nov 25, 2009   |    comments
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  • Teacher of the Week Shannon Johnson
  • Jacksonville Country Day School

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Different students learn in different ways. Our Teacher of the Week at Jacksonville Country Day School gives her students choices, and multiple modes of learning to help each student succeed.

Shannon Johnson rushes around her 3rd grade classroom at Jacksonville Country Day School. She is always on the move from one group of students to the next.

She is up and down on the floor. She says, where she needs to be, she'll go. "I believe children learn when they're actively involved and having a good time learning so I offer choices."

On the day we visited Ms. Johnson's class, the students were learning about fractions; and they got to choose from three projects.  They could make a movie, go on a nature walk or make a pizza, all using fractions.

"I think she's an awesome teacher. She's really nice and I like the way she always gives us choices in everything," said 3rd grader Luke.

Another student says, "I'm making a pizza. You get to pick different toppings and make different fractions."

There's a lot of energy in her class and an excitement about math and learning. "Ms. Johnson has really been able to take it to the next level. So that every child, regardless of the best way they learn, can find a way that fits them," said Parent Rebecca Schwam.

Since the students are making their own choices, they're picking things they enjoy, which is fun for everyone. "It's exciting and fun to see what the children come up with and I have to make sure everyone stays on track," said Johnson. 

Schwam is the parent who nominated Ms. Johnson for Teacher of the Week. Her daughter was in her class last year.  In her nomination letter she wrote, "Ms. Johnson is always tuned in to her students' needs and knows how to make school work for everyone.  She works hard to make sure every child in her class 'gets it."'

By checking out the students' work, it's obvious they do.  

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