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Differentiated instruction offers individualized approaches

St. Norbert School kindergarteners Dallas Morhead, left, and Ethan Gramlich used differentiated instruction techniques in math class May 15. The school is part of the Federation of Catholic Schools in the Northeast Deanery, which recently received a $100,000 grant to be used for technology and expanded teaching techniques, including differentiated instruction.

An afternoon math lesson among kindergartners at St. Norbert School was an exercise in cooperation and listening.

At the center of each table was a pile of shapes in several colors and sizes. Their task: separate the pile among three attributes: number of sides, color and shape.

"Think about one attribute at a time," teacher Laura Ernst instructed her students. Coming around to each table, she observed how the children worked together to figure out how the shapes needed to be separated.

"What is this?" Ernst asked student Katie Soloman.

Donation will boost STEM education at Marian Middle

Sister Sarah Heger, CSJ, Vice Principal and 5th Grade Teacher at Marian Middle School in south St. Louis.  She taught a religion class on the Acts of the Apostles and answered a questions from Carly Rae Lewis.

The lab for high-tech STEM instruction at Marian Middle School has a low-tech feel about it.

For example, the basement classroom has standard-issue tables, worn ones at that, instead of chemical-resistant lab tables. And the room's single electrical outlet — yes, just one — inconveniently sets above the old-school chalkboard, at about the 7-foot mark.

"You have to stand on a chair to get access to it," principal Sister Sarah Heger, CSJ, said.

As for storage, there's none, unless the four corners count.

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