Most teachers make sure students grasp the subjects they cover in the class. But at Northwest Elementary one special teacher makes sure her students get a well rounded lesson plan. Deborah Swafford is this week's Golden Apple Award winner.
" What am I expecting? A chemical change or a physical change? Chemical."
Deborah Swafford's 5th graders get a lesson in the scientific method... After proposing a hypothesis for what happens when you mix vinegar and baking soda, they're giving it a test...
" K - what do you see happening class? Bubbles."
Ms. Swafford's fun interactive lessons and comfortable easy teaching style mean every student is ready to try...
"(Swafford) If they're scared to make mistakes I don't think they're going to be excited about learning. I don't want them to be embarrassed, ya know taking risks is all about learning."
That encouragement sets a perfect tone.
"(Josh - letter) She makes learning History and Science so fun I could learn it 24 hours a day 7 days a week."
But it's not just history and science. 5th Grader Josh Abernathy says Ms. Swafford makes sure her students work to improve their reading skills and library levels... And even more...
"(Abernathy) She focuses on every subject and one time she even weaved math into history and science."
For Ms. Swafford it's part of helping her kids be the best students they can be. She gets to fill 85 independent little minds every day and says it's her pleasure to watch how they grow.
"(Swafford) I want to get them excited about all kinds of learning. You know we can make a change in our students for a year, but I want to make a change in their whole lives."