Christa Penson works tirelessly to keep her class from being a snoozefest. "I bring in songs and videos and we do skits."
The first-year Math and Science teacher knows students dread taking notes and filling out worksheets. "Anything that has to do with them. If they get the choice and they can make it whatever they want, then they like it. They like to use the computer, they like to color. I was like 'yes, 7th graders that like to color!' Cause I like to do that."
For a recent math assignment, Penson challenged her students to create a clever poster using various shapes and arithmetic formulas. 7th Grader Austin Burton says "when I go in there, I get excited because I know its going to be another fun day. Everyday is different but its always fun. She always finds a way to make it fun."
For science, Penson's class performs skits. On this day, students must integrate ten-things about the organ system. "OK, what's happening right now. Explain it to me," Penson asks. "We're killing, not killing, we're fighting off the germs and the viruses," says her students.
Penson regularly quizes her students about their projects to make sure they comprehend the subject matter. "Math and Science for 7th graders is very tough, you have integers and transformations and constructions and science you do the organ system, so you go really in depth. Its crazy for them sometimes and crazy for me too."
What's not crazy is the connection students have to this teacher. Whether its keeping tabs on her brother, who's in the Air Force or her recent pregnancy, these 7th graders feel like they're part of Penson's family.
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