Michelle Simmons, a teacher at Northern Heights Elementary School, gives an animated expression to engage her students in learning. Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley
COLUMBIA CITY â€” By now Whitley County children have broken in their school shoes, eaten approximately 20 school lunches and turned in numerous homework assignments.
As the excitement of the new school year begins to wane, staff at Northern Heights Elementary School have come up with innovative ideas to keep children engaged in learning.
Marla Rubin is the elementary schoolâ€™s counselor. She has worked with Jacob Hoag, NHES principal, and other faculty to implement motivational tools for students.
â€śWe have a high expectation for our students,â€ť Rubin said. â€śHowever, the kids know what that expectation is and we applaud them when they meet that level. Praising them to success seems to generate an excitement in the classroom.â€ť
A new form of recognition at NHES this year is the High Five program.
Students are given a slip of paper with the High Five logo when faculty spots a child exemplifying positive behavior such as responsibility, respect and caring.
â€śWe want to encourage the students to make good choices,â€ť Rubin said. â€śIt helps us create a life-long learner who will contribute in a positive way to their community.â€ť
The behavioral recognition teaches students concepts outside of simple academic instruction.
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