Marshall County school district adopts new teaching, learning methods

Teachers in Marshall County are learning new ways to innovate in the classroom and how to best share that approach with their students.

Starting next school year, about a third of the district’s teachers will begin teaching what’s known as 21st Century Skills.  It includes methods of collaboration, critical thinking and teamwork through project-based instruction.

“That’s a different mindset than what they are used to but we are wanting to embrace that. We are wanting kids to learn persistence and creativity,” District Instructional Supervisor Abby Griffy said.

Various summer seminars are giving teachers a leg up, and Griffy said, more importantly, it is the students who will come out on top when applying for college. “The more we dove into what this was exactly about, we educated ourselves on what kids are going to need for the future.   We realized that every kid in Marshall County needs that,” she said.

Central Elementary School Principal Shannon Solomon said it’s important to teach those knowledge-based skills early. “Learning how to learn. I think that’s crucial we start in kindergarten, preschool,” she told Local 6.

Solomon said the feedback from parents is encouraging. She said the school district is changing it’s approach because of generational, technological changes.

“I think a lot of our parents realize that there is a lot of teaching to the test and high stakes testing, and putting our eggs in that basket, and they are ready for us to move forward,” Solomon said.

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