Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Apparently KIPP Hasn't Gotten the Memo About Learning Styles Not Existing

Ariyanna Agnew raises her hand, along with all of her new KIPP teammates (the school doesn't use the word classmate). As they learn the school's strict behavior rules, they also discover that learning isn't all about listening. Later, in another class, they learn their multiplication tables by singing rhymes.

"Six, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60, 66, 72, how do you do? How do you do?" they sing.

Meanwhile, outside in the parking lot, social studies teacher Mike Brown is leading 24 kids on a virtual expedition across the Bering Straits land bridge.

Kids tentatively walk across chairs and stand at attention when Brown explains how the Native Americans walked from land that is now Siberia to Alaska. "They found the New World because they were hungry. And that's how Native Americans came to America," said Brown.

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