April 13, 2005
Carole Anderson, lead science teacher at Walker Upper has 10,000 reasons to be thrilled. That's the exact amount she received from being one of 50 teachers nationwide to receive the Toyota Tapestry Literacy Grant.
"She eats, lives, and breathes science," said Rebecca Klingel, the Instructional Coordinator.
Anderson beat out 760 other applicants that were all judged by the National Science Teachers Association.
"We were all jumping for joy when it came," said Bonny Ely, a Gifted Education Specialist.
The idea for the grant came out of Anderson's and other science teacher's concerns with students' different levels of reading textbooks.
"You find some children who have more difficulty with the text, you'll find some children that find that the text is too leveled and doesn't give them enough extension beyond," said Carole Anderson, the lucky Walker science teacher.
Anderson decided to write a grant proposal for trade books to be used in conjunction with textbooks.
"It's going to allow us to able to fully differentiate in our classrooms and meet the needs of all of our students regardless of their abilities," said Jaime Hawkins, another Walker science teacher.
The grant will provide each of the five science classrooms at Walker Upper with $2,000 each to buy trade books that will allow each child to learn at their own level and style.
The students in Anderson's class have already been using trade books and agree that it's a great additional tool.
"They give us a lot of hands on things to do and they help us to understand more about the world in different ways, and in better ways so kids can understand," said Samantha Deane, a 5th grader.
Anderson hopes this grant will play a role in developing young minds for the future.
"That it'll help create a real, life-long method of learning, a life-long method of gaining information and understanding what they do read, and learning how to apply it," said Anderson.
The books will be in the science classroom this coming school year.