Teachers Tour Gulfport

Gulfport School District teachers are looking to expand their student’s learning experience to outside of the classroom. They’re using the city to help bring lessons to life. It’s all part of the Impact II Program, a district wide effort for students at all grade levels that they’re working to implement this year.
Math, science, and history teachers throughout the school district are joining forces for a creative teaching effort that keeps students learn without even being aware of it.
Gulfport School District teachers hit the town today. Math, science, and history teachers spent most of the summer researching the city. Today, they visited key landmarks to show their students you can apply the subjects anywhere.
Fourth grade teacher Ashley Kidd said, “Really getting in dirty with the hands on and really applying it to something that holds value to students. Something they can say ‘hey, mom, you remember that park we went to, guess what kind of math was there and look at the history that I learned.’”
In a state where education tends to rank bottom in the nation, school officials hope creative teaching efforts like this one will take student learning to a whole new level.
One of the exercises Gulfport teachers have in mind is to let students take rope and measure a figure outside the Hancock Bank Plaza and see if it’s symmetrical or not. “The blue circle in the middle, of course, is emblematic of the light house, Hancock Bank’s logo, and from that we can teach the symmetry because it’s a symmetrical picture in the concrete but outside of that, the plants, the trees were planted in a coordinate plane with a grid,” said Patrick Wadsworth, an 11th and 12th grade teacher at Gulfport.
The idea is to incorporate creative and interactive methods to promote student learning. This also gives them an opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to real life situations they encounter every day. “Well, we hope that they’re going to learn a lot about Gulfport but we also hope that they take with them the math skills and science skills and be able to apply those to new problems that they encounter in years ahead,” said Wadsworth.

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