What’s Right With Our Schools: Kings Chapel Elementary uses strategy groups to enhance students’ learning

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HOUSTON COUNTY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Houston County school leaders are taking a different approach educating their students.

William Ray is the principal at Kings Chapel Elementary. He says, “It lets a teacher really be focused with their instruction.

Kings Chapel Elementary teachers are using best instructional practices to keep students on grade level.

Kindergartners are learning their lessons in strategy groups. The groups include independent working, one on one teaching or group teaching.

Kindergarten teacher Latoya Turner says, “The students that are really in strong in some areas, we can enrich them and we can really target those children in their weak areas.”

The rubber band method allows students to stretch out the sound in words. That one on one time is what some students look forward to.

Kindergartner Serenity Vinup says,”I like working with Mrs. Turner because I like spending more time with Mrs. Turner.”

Kindergartner Camilla English adds, “I love getting that extra attention from my teacher.”

“I’ve definitely seen a lot of improvements. The smaller the group setting, you’re able to do more hands on. You’re able to give them more attention and to a lot of guided practice,” Turner explains.

So far, the tool has been proven to keep students focused and excited.

“We work on words, spelling and math and I love it,” says Kindergartner Joseph Poole.

Kings Chapel Elementary has been using strategy groups for many years. School leaders say best instructional practices have contributed to educational gains.

 

 

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!