In Lisa Neuman's 3rd grade class at Kerr Elementary School there's more than one teacher. Each of her students is a teacher, too.
"I say ok, this is what we're gonna cover. This is what I want you to know, and when you find it you're going to teach. When you teach it you won't forget it. We even do assignments where they go home and teach parents," said Neuman.
She tries to give her kids the freedom to learn in their own way, and she thinks this approach builds understanding and confidence. Parents say her teaching style is especially effective for kids with A.D.H.D.
"She has a way of reaching some of the harder kids, the ones that maybe some of the other teachers haven't been able to reach as well," said 3rd Grade Team LEader, Jennifer Hicks.
If a kid has trouble sitting still instead of punishing them Neuman gives them opportunities to get up and walk around.
"We've even done simple things where they've got these stress balls. They hold these in their laps," she said.
Those little adjustments have made a big difference in her students' performance.
Neuman won the weekly Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence. The award comes with a $500 prize from the sponsor, The Kirby Kelly Law Firm.
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