EHS faculty lead Power Up education program for area youth

It’s called Power Up, a program designed to enrich the education of young children.

Sponsored by the Brookings Boys & Girls Club and the Brookings School District, Power Up was offered minocin without prescription for the first time in summer 2012.

The program is for young students who are either at risk of falling behind academically or for those who are already behind academically.

Instead of the traditional classroom teaching approach, Power Up incorporates inquiry-based teaching methods, according to Jennifer Kampmann, assessment and accreditation coordinator and

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education lecturer for the Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership in the College of Education and Human Sciences.

“It’s taking what the children are interested in, finding out what their questions are and then infusing the content learning into an investigation of some type,” she said. “It allows the children to be very interested in what they are doing because they are choosing the topic to study. As teachers, we know what content we need to give them, but we let them guide what they are interest in.”

Kampmann was the program’s lead teacher. Susan Plaine, an adjunct professor in the college’s early childhood education program, also taught along with two Brookings School District teachers and two SDSU students.

A total of 101 kids—from kindergarten through third grade—signed up for the program. In addition to Brookings, youth came from the Sioux Valley and Elkton school districts.

Power Up lasted six weeks with classes held Monday through Thursday in five classrooms at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Brookings.

Explaining content learning, Kampmann said that it meant the program adhered to state standards.

“We knew that we had to cover a certain amount of reading and math. We always made sure the students were incorporating math concepts and high frequency words, which are words used most often in print, while investigating their topic of interest.”

Two topics the children were most interested in were water and pirate ships. Considering it was summer, they were timely, too, said Kampmann.

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going to the pool or the lake, swimming and fishing. We talked about the water towers in town and how they work. If we had fish tanks in the classroom, what kinds of fish could we have? We talked about saltwater versus freshwater and building a swimming pool of their own.”

One group of students was particularly adamant about pirate ships.

“They ended up creating one,” said Kampmann. no prescription warfarin “During the process, they learned how to do research in books and online, and they had to measure, which meant doing math to figure out how many cialis 5mg tablets australia pieces of material they needed for the ship and writing stories about mail order levitra 90 day supply their projects allowed them to practice their literacy skills.”

In order to see the fruits of Power Up, spring test data scores were obtained from the Brookings School District. Now, the team is waiting for the district’s fall semester to end to see how Power Up’s curriculum affected the students’ performance in school.

Pre- and post-assessments compiled in Power Up show the program made a difference, according to Kampmann.

“We can show in Power Up that we sustained or made progress for all the students, now we will see how it translates into the school year.”

She said the bottom line goal of Power Up is to give a student in school at least one academic strategy when difficulties arise.

“For example, they can go back when they are struggling and recollect making high frequency words out of play dough—I can feel it, I can see it—and now I can translate it to my paper.”

While shopping recently, Kampmann received her “best compliment” when

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“She was doing really well in math and the parent was sure it was because of Power Up. She was so excited and happy that her daughter went through the program.”

The Power Up team is looking forward to summer 2014.

“This is all very exciting,” said Kampmann. “Susan and I have already signed on to teach again because we see the value. We had great results and can’t wait to go back again.”

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