Clear Lake teacher makes math, life an interactive experience for students

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Clear Lake Elementary School’s Melissa Juskowiak works with a pair of her third grade students on a math word problem after illustrating it for the class with an interactive video she produced featuring her own students. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Clear Lake Elementary School’s Melissa Juskowiak works with a pair of her third grade students on a math word problem after illustrating it for the class with an interactive video she produced featuring her own students. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Teachers have been slyly using their students’ names in word problems for years, but Melissa Juskowiak takes the experience to a whole other level.

She cues up a video in which she reads a math fraction problem over slides of students’ photographs showing them with with books they’ve gotten out of a box. When the reading is complete, the whole problem appears on the screen with photos of the students reappearing under it. She invites other students to come up and touch the pictures, which triggers the voices of the classmates reminding them of how many books each of them got.


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