2012-2013 was Tyinnia Bennett’s first year teaching 5th grade at Pirie. She loves the fact that language arts allows students the opportunity to express their inner thoughts. Language arts gives students the freedom to read and write enthusiastically.

During the PDP classes, her students were able to analyze each line of the song “Nature Boy” by Nat King Cole, and the analysis helped them build an understanding of what the song was about. The students used their analysis to create a great writing piece, adding another verse of their own to the song, in their portfolios.

Ms. Bennett said “I feel the program is great. The students really enjoyed being a part of the program. Many of my students have expressed interest in being a part of a summer program, if available.”


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