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2 (2nd grade teachers) x 2 elementary schools + 40 eager learners = collaborative learning of the highest (and most engaging!) order.
Hebron Valley Elementary second-grade teacher Tina Montegudo had an idea. And as she frequently does when she has an idea, she shared it with her friend and Highland Village Elementary second-grade teacher Shana Murphy.
“I had seen a story about a classroom full of tables, the tops of which were white boards,” Montegudo said, “And the learners in the photos were clearly engaged. They looked more eager to participate than I had ever seen a student with a pencil and paper. It was an innovation that I hadn’t thought of before and one I was sure could inspire my students.”
A few days later, Hebron Valley Principal Adrienne Gall mentioned the same tables in a meeting with Montegudo. “I decided then I wanted to get rid of desks in my room and replace them with these tables,” Montegudo explained. “I knew it wouldn’t be cheap, so I hoped I could convince LEF to fund them for me.”
That’s when she called Murphy. As Montegudo shared her idea, Murphy was intrigued. She knew her students would thrive with the innovative furnishings as well.
When Wellington Elementary School teacher Gina Alday had the opportunity to transition from teaching fourth grade to working in the Specials Rotation as the Science Discovery teacher, she was ecstatic. But on the heels of the excitement came a moment of panic. “How will I ever get all the supplies I need to teach science to six different grade levels in a way that is fun and exciting and makes an academic impact?” Alday wondered.