Archive for the ‘Reteach’ Category

By Stella DeVargas
Cougar News Blog

     Cactus Canyon has started a new chapter in education by adding a reteach class for language arts.
     Reteach, which is part of the Beyond Textbooks program, is when students have the opportunity to improve their skills and get extra help with time to be successful with mastering objectives. CCJH has had a similar program for math since the 2014-15 school year.
     Students have many different learning curves, meaning teaching in a larger group is not always effective for everyone. Reteach classes help by incorporating different strategies and styles of teaching to include different types of learners. These classes are for students to develop deeper understanding in reading comprehension.
     “When data showed that there were many students not meeting standards on formatives who could use the extra time, we knew it was the right thing to do,” Meaghan Davis, the dean of students.
     The effort of language arts teachers and Title 1 support teams helped put the classes together. Objectives are chosen based on data from benchmarks and formative assessments. Every two weeks objectives may change. Seventh and eighth graders work on individual topics to benefit the grade level, so they won’t always have the same objective.
     “It takes a lot of work behind the scenes by many people,” said Mrs. Davis.
A big purpose of reteach classes is using different techniques to reach students with different teaching styles. Teachers incorporate new strategies to engage students and present information in different types so learners can learn the material in more than one way.
     “The class helped me by showing me what I missed on the test and the work sheets helped me develop what I need to know,” says seventh grader Trinity Hakenewerth.
     Reteach classes impact students by developing reading comprehension that will benefit them throughout the rest of their educational lives. To make sure this is working, staff routinely goes to professional development to create stronger teachers.
     “We are always looking for ways to improve. If we find we need to make a change we adjust accordingly,” says Mrs. Davis.


By Elisabeth H.
Cougar News Blog

     Cactus Canyon Junior High School is doing a thing called reteach to help students get the extra help they need in a certain subject.
     Students take a test after a math or language arts objective has been taught and those who need more time to master the standard get it during their Study Skills time. Reteach has helped many students master objectives they might not have learned before.
     “I want my students to have a better grasp of the math concepts that they didn’t score as well on the first time,” said math teacher Marla Aehlert. “I hope that they will see reteach as a valuable tool to help them accomplish them.”
     In all, there are seven teachers doing reteach, four in eighth grade and three in seventh grade. The students are able to see alternative ways to learn the material in a smaller, less distracting setting.
     “They are able to focus more and receive the assistance they need to earn better grades,” said eighth-grade math teacher Jeremy Seaman.
     There have been some adjustments to reteach since it’s a new program, but overall it’s been successful in getting students extra help. For example, students who don’t need reteach take classes like cooking, CSI, or modern warfare.
     “I also like the fact that students who do not need reteach are allowed to sign up for interesting enrichment classes with the other teachers,” said Mrs. Aehlert. “It’s not just boring study hall. I wish it would have been like that when I was in junior high a long time ago.”
     The math teachers have a shared document that has all of the students’ scores for the whole grade level.
     “We filter out students who earned a score of four or five, and the remaining students will need reteach,” said Mrs. Aehlert.
     Some teachers teach different in reteach than in different classes to help them understand the material better.
     “Sometimes we do,” Mr. Seaman said. “We expose the students to alternative ways to think about or solve the problems.”
     Students have found reteach helpful for learning better.
     “I am grateful for reteach because it has really helped me improve on my math a lot,” said eighth grader Angel Meeks.

Anthony Easterday shows off a fruit pizza he made during a CCJH cooking class. (Photo by Kaileah Goucher)

Anthony Easterday shows off a fruit pizza he made during a CCJH cooking class. (Photo by Kaileah Goucher)

By Jessica Conrad
Cougar News Blog

Cactus Canyon is cooking up some enrichment activities for eighth graders. The new program is giving students an opportunity to learn forensics with CSI and even cook some healthy snacks while learning about nutrition in the body.
The 30-minute enrichment class is a part of the Beyond Textbooks program and happens during the students’ Study Skills time. The time gives students a chance to do more productive, yet educational activities. The enrichment includes a creative writing class, a World War II class, and a class that teaches about life as a pirate.
Some classes have been doubled due to a lot of students wanting to join the activities. For example, eighth-grade science teachers Regan Roach and Candice Wyatt will both be teaching CSI classes, with each having about 40 students in class.
In the CSI enrichment, students will be learning what forensic science is, doing a fingerprint, handwriting, and blood spatter analysis. They will also be doing a crime-scene clean-up.
“I want my students to learn to love learning,” said eighth-grade science teacher Regan Roach. “By offering different types of lessons, I am hoping that students will be more engaged in the lessons.”
Another class that is offered is a cooking class taught by Lisa Smith. This class has about 40 students also. In the cooking enrichment, students will be learning about calories, the new food pyramid called My Plate, and how to read nutrition labels. Every Friday they will be having a cooking day and will make different types of recipes like fruit pizza, grilled cheese, and a red, white, and blue trifle dessert. Two of the recipes they are preparing require no baking and the third they will be using waffle irons to grill bread.
“I expect my students to be able to increase their knowledge of food and cooking techniques,” said Mrs. Smith. “I love to watch cooking shows and try new recipes all the time. I wanted to share this passion with the students.”