A Clearview Local Schools teacher has made learning math fun for students in her classroom, and she says their grades are reflecting their enthusiasm.
Sally Roule, a math specialist at Vincent Elementary School, attributes some of the success to a “real-time” web-based computer program the school uses as a supplement to its math curriculum called SplashLearn.
“The students just love it,” Roule said. “They want to be on it all the time.”
While using SplashLearn in the classroom, Roule has access to her students’ work immediately as they’re wokring on their assignments.
She said the real-time information gives her the opportunity to intervene to offer assistance when a student enters a wrong answer to a math problem.
“It’s my favorite resource, that’s for sure,” Roule said.
SplashLearn formerly was for sale to school districts, but with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Clearview Schools was able to use it for free, she said.
Roule is celebrating her eighth year as a teacher at Vincent Elementary in Sheffield Township.
She said she is dedicated to teaching her students.
“There’s nothing else I ever wanted to do except teach,” Roule said about her passion for teaching.
Roule is an alumni of Clearview High School, has earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree and is continuing her education.
Since students were home-schooled during much of the pandemic, schools officials have reported a lag in learning as students returned this year, she said.
Roule said approximately 70 percent of incoming students walking through her class on the first day “hate math.”
Currently, the innovative teacher said she estimates 70 percent of her 110 students “love math.”
Due to the wide gap in overall math scores currently in the district, Roule said her math class is open to students in first through seventh grades.
Students are taught in accordance to the level they’re individually matched based on their current knowledge and skills, she said.
“Because each child is working on activities that are exactly aligned to their level of development, they are loving the challenge, knowing, with a little effort, they can succeed,” said Sue Murray, a school representative. “The pandemic has wreaked havoc on our students’ learning, and unfortunately, it has set them back in their basic math skills.
“Unfortunately, during the pandemic, many did not have the resources needed to learn online, which resulted in a better setback and increasing gap in attainment.”
Roule said she is thankful for the support she of school administrators Lynne Stark and Jenn Fazio.
“They are like Superwoman times two,” Roule said. “They are our biggest supporters and cheerleaders at Vincent Elementary.
“I wouldn’t know what to do without their support and guidance.”