Camp Innovate’s Teaching Strategies Give Students the Power

At Camp Innovate, the spirit of innovation is at work not only in what we teach but how we teach it. We want our high-ability, high interest third through fifth graders to have choice in what they do in class, and we want our activities to be “minds on” as well as “hands on” so that students have the power to learn as much as they want and as much as they are able. Read More …

VAMPY TAs Do It All

On the second Wednesday of VAMPY, the classroom for Problems You Have Never Solved Before smelled like marshmallows, and Teaching Assistant (TA) Robin Tyler was supervising the testing of catapults. As each student team of two or three launched their marshmallow from a contraption made from rubber bands, craft sticks, and hot glue, Robin marked the landing spot with the end of a yardstick, measured, and calculated the distance travelled so teacher Catherine Poteet could enter the data into a spreadsheet. Read More …