November 18, 2020
“People learn most when teaching others.” –Peter F. Ducker
WMS seventh grade math teacher Mrs. Makala Ellenburg strives to make learning both straightforward and challenging for her students. During instruction, Mrs. Ellenburg guides students toward standards-based understanding using the AVID note process. She models how to work problems and walks students through the thinking processes involved. She then allows students timed practice opportunities to work problems independently. As they work, she circulates the room, checking answers and awarding tickets to those with the correct answers and work. She then selects students to work out the problems and explain their thinking to their peers. These students also earn tickets for their work. At the end of class, Mrs. Ellenburg holds a prize drawing for all ticket recipients. Mrs. Ellenburg creates an environment for students to OWN their learning while having fun doing it.