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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Teachers actually are smarter than a fifth-grader

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  • It's official. Lone Grove Intermediate teachers are smarter than a fifth-grader.
    Utilizing the buzzer system fifth-grade reading teacher Brenda Wright received through an OG&E grant last year, the Lone Grove fifth-graders challenged various teachers and administrators to an "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth-grader"-style contest.
    "It helps us with our OCCT (Oklahoma Core Curriculum Test) test we're taking in April. This gives us a fun way to learn," Kolten Pineda explained.
    Questions covered math, reading, science, social studies and English writing concepts covered during the first semester.
    "The best part is getting to push buttons, and it's challenging," Star Vaca said.
    Each period of Wright's reading classes went up against a set of teachers from a grade or group of administrators. Whoever answered correctly picked the subject for the next question.
    "It's all the skills that have been taught this year," Wright said. "We are preparing them for the OCCT. When we have down days and kids aren't in a mood to learn, we pull out the buzzers and they still learn with this."
    Students really appreciated the opportunity to take a break from the regular flow of class.
    "I get really bored in the classroom. This gives me a fun way to review instead of just listening to the teacher talk about it," Madi McComber said.
    The teachers dominated the game, answering questions in all the various categories.
    "Hopefully this will motivate the students to get to know their material better," Wright said.
    Most students agreed.
    "When we lose, we keep trying so that the next time, maybe we will win," Tyler Nealey said.
    However, some students cling to the moments when they answered a question correctly.
    "This was pretty fun because we can beat our teachers and make them look bad. We are winners in our hearts," Collin Taylor joked.
    "It's unique because we got to show them who's smarter, but we're the boss," Conner King said. "The fact we lost to our teachers is a way we learn from them."
    Arianna Peterman's class period challenged the fourth-grade teachers.
    "It's fun, because we showed them how much we've learned since we were in their class," Peterman said.
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