Methods to achieve that includes incorporating technology and relevancy into lesson plans.
The Grand Haven school system is in its third year of a districtwide program called “Capturing Kids Hearts,” said Lakeshore Middle School Principal Kevin Polston. He said the program’s goal is for kids to feel comfortable and safe.
“It’s been a good common language and common structure for our students and staff,” Polston said.
Making school a welcoming place to be is a goal at Ferry Elementary School, Principal Steve Avram said. He said the school has a partnership with Kids Hope in which 23 mentors assist students with an assignment they might be struggling with, or maybe just to go for a walk.
“We do a lot to build relationships with kids,” Avram said.
One of the ways Peach Plains Elementary School keeps their students engaged is by keeping them moving, Principal Kathryn Drake said. She said staff representatives have attended seminars where it was taught that brain research shows the importance of moving before learning something new.
Drake said they have special physical education programs for students, and also try to keep students’ interest through incorporating media and technology into the school day.
Similar methods are used at Lakeshore Middle School. Polston said one of the ways teachers engage students is by using devices that allow students to electronically answer a question in class. Another way is by making lessons relevant to their lives, he said.
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