Education Matters: Daisy Bates Elementary

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Some local teachers are becoming students themselves to learn new techniques for the classroom.

After more than 20 years in the education field, one teacher is sharing how she copes with what's been the biggest change she's seen. 

Jackie Bailey is a literacy teacher at Daisy Bates Elementary. With a class of more than 30 students at one time, there are many stressful days.

"Some days I am (stressed), but it's pretty structured," she says.

Over the years, a lot has changed.

"The curriculum wasn't as rigorous then as it is now. We basically taught the skill and we moved on," Bailey explains.

But now, she finds changing with the times - is best - and she says you can't say the old way or new way of teaching is better. 

"I think it's a little bit of both. I wouldn't necessarily say the old way because it's more intense now each nine weeks and in tons of different ways," says Bailey.

Among those different ways, what is the most outstanding?

"Technology has been the biggest, the largest thing that has been phenomenal for the students because it offers them multiple ways of doing different things," she says.

Her students certainly see the difference. On paper, kids can't see what's going on, but on smartboards kids can see what's happening and better understand what teachers are talking about. That's why Bailey's students really grasp and enjoy what they are learning in her class. 

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