Salisbury teacher emphasizes collaborative learning in the classroom

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FOX 46 Charlotte continues to honor teachers getting results. We went to Salisbury to a very special fifth grade science classroom that is probably unlike any you’ve seen before.

First you notice the hum of bust students, and then the colorful walls covered in their science projects.

Kids sprawl throughout the fifth grade Hanford Dole Elementary classroom, sitting on the couch and balancing on the stability walls. Some students were even spotted working outside – through the window.

“Last year I was walking past this classroom and people were laughing and doing a lot of projects. I couldn’t wait until I went to fifth grade,” Johnathan Napoles said, a fifth grader.

Ms. Sally Schultz is all about collaborative learning in her classroom.

“If it’s something that they like and it’s going to keep them engaged, I’m all for it,” Schultz said.

So much so – she’s done away with all desks including her own.

Ms. Schultz pushes the classroom in a fun way. Students can write on the windows and the floors are used to make models of different science systems.

“We’ll make the water cycle on the ground and then they’ll be water. Same with the digestive system. So they really become the content and help build those experiences,” she said.

Hanford Dole’s poverty rate is about 82 percent. Ms. Schultz said that provides some challenges – but she’s determined to give her students the best experience possible.

“Sometimes, you know, zip codes define where they’re at and I don’t want that to hold them back from where they’re going to go. So, I just want to give them the best education I can. So, if there is stuff going on at home, or they’re struggling, I want to be the release away from that. I want them to be a kid, and have fun,” she said.

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Ms. Schultz  will be on GOOD DAY Charlotte Thursday morning.