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Students take multiplication to a whole new level

Multiplication Elevation

Western Elementary School has an active Student Technology Leadership (STLP) program under the direction of teacher Angie Howard.  One group is eager to present their project, entitled “Multiplication Elevation,” at the upcoming state STLP competition.  Fourth grade students Brenton Alcorn, Logan Clayton, Dustin Hoffman, and Wyatt Seekford started their work in September. 

From the beginning, the boys knew they wanted to make a difference at their school, “I wanted to help kids in our school understand multiplication better,” stated Wyatt Seekford.  The group researched learning styles and interesting ways to help fellow students memorize multiplication facts. 

They implemented a plan to strengthen math skills using Photoshop, PowerPoint, and the help of Letterman Sign’s owner Bill Stark. They visit the sign shop to make graphic tiles with multiplication facts which they affixed to a set of stairs at Western.  Each day, as students ascend the stairs, they read the tiles.  “It is a lot more fun to learn this way,” commented Brenton Alcorn.

They worked closely with Director of Maintenance Dwayne Ellison to make sure the addition was safe for students.  “These guys were passionate about their project.  They worked hard to get it right,” Ellison stated.  The group worked to ensure the tiles were secure and visible and would last a long time on the well-traveled stairs.

To gauge their effectiveness, the boys created a pre-test for third grade students.  Each day they walk the stairs with an identified group who will complete a post-test in the coming weeks.  The team hopes third graders will improve scores through increased exposure.

Good luck to this team and their peers as they advance to the state competition in April. Other projects include an herb garden to benefit Elizabeth House, a local women’s shelter.  Another group developed welcoming signs to direct Western visitors.  Students are also working on a video to spread a message of kindness throughout their school.


A STLP team from Western with the graphic tiles they created to strengthen math skills.

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