A new learning technique boosts test scores and has resulted in improvement of all elementary schools in one district.
Fairfield City Schools are using a technique called Kagen Learning in their elementary schools. Students are encouraged to learn through playing interactive games and mingling with each other.
“We sent our fourth grade students onto fifth grade with 92 percent of them proficient or higher in math and 98 percent proficient or higher in reading, with 65 percent of those students actually scoring in the accelerated or advanced range,” said Kim Wotring, principal at Fairfield West of the school’s performance on state reading and math tests.
“Additionally, our school received a grade of A on our school report card for how much our students grew throughout the course of the year. We’ve been very plea
Studentrs get up from their desks, mingle with each other, and focus on projects as part of small group learning. Getting up and talking to friends is part of how the problem is solved.
Learning technique pays off in boosted test scores
If a student gets up and talks to friends during class, that’s usually cause for detention. But in an increasing number of Fairfield classrooms, that’s all part of the learning process.