Classroom Close-Up, NJ films at Charles L. Spragg School

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EGG HARBOR CITY – A crew from “Classroom Close-Up, NJ” visited the Charles L. Spragg School Sept. 25 to tape a story about the Progressive Mathematics Initiative, a program developed by the nonprofit New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning.

Students experienced the show’s taping and were a part of the filming while the production crew visited second- and third-grade classrooms.

The crew taped the teachers using Smart boards to present the material and also captured students answering formative assessment questions. Their answers allowed the teacher to adjust the lesson immediately to meet student needs.

The show featured interviews with Principal Adrienne Shulby, third-grade teacher Heather Crosson, second-grade teacher Tara Macchione and Melissa Axelsson, program manager of mathematics for the Center for Teaching and Learning.

This story filmed at the Spragg School is scheduled to air on Dec. 23 and 29, Jan. 27 and Feb. 2 on NJTV Channel 23.

Progressive Mathematics Initiative is a teacher-developed program with units of instruction designed for k-12 mathematics instruction that supports high levels of student achievement in mathematics. Its digital content is organized around instructional presentations, homework and student assessments. The unit presentations are available in Smart Notebook files but can also be used with other interactive white boards and will soon be available in PowerPoint format.

The teacher-created instructional units will assist educators regardless of where they are in their own understanding of the common core. And since PMI units are freely accessible to everyone via the Internet, the common core has the potential to have beneficial outcomes for all, according to a news release from the school.

“Classroom Close-Up, NJ,” a 11-time Emmy Award-winning show, is a production of the New Jersey Education Association that airs every Saturday and Sunday on NJTV. Now in its 19th season, the half-hour show features innovative programs going on in public school classrooms. The union represents 195,000 public school teachers and administrators, higher education faculty, education support professionals, retired educators, and students to preparing to become teachers, according to the NJEA.

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