Brandon Elementary math teacher uses dance to help students understand

Brandon Elementary math teacher uses dance to help students understand
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For some, math can be a challenging subject to learn, especially if it's hard to comprehend. However, for some East Texas fourth graders, math became their favorite subject after being in Pam McClendon's class.

Welcome to Ms.McClendon's 4th grade math class, where you add music, subtract the desk, and multiply the dancing.

"Ms.McClendon is the best teacher," said Jordan Wilson, a Brandon Elementary student.

"She helps us a lot, she's nice and funny," said Avontia Hatton, a Brandon Elementary student.

"She breaks it down in a way I understand," said Branya Pennington, a Brandon Elementary student.

"It's rewarding to walk around and know that what I've shared with them, they really grab whole and use it when it's time," McClendon said.

Her teaching method comes from a familiar place.

"Music is really what I do. I've sung since I was a little girl," McClendon, said. "Anything that I needed to learn I would put it to music, and it would help me to remember."

This is how she taught her son, who now helps her calculate a new way of teaching.

"I get my son to help me know what's the latest and the greatest," McClendon said. "I tie their academic vocabulary with something they're familiar with and hand movements," She said. "Anything I can peg from their prior knowledge is what we use, and they love it."

"It helps me understand it better," Hatton said.

While math can be a tad bit frustrating, the latest dance crave helps subtract the confusion.

"She puts dancing into it, and I like dancing," Pennington said. "She put factor times factor into the Whip and Nae Nae."

"This makes me more proud of them, not proud of myself, because it's them that are grasping and making the connection," McClendon said.

McClendon said her students are more engaged and excited about learning since she added music to her lesson plan.

As a result she has seen better test scores.

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