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DeCember 9, 1994 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 13 ily MARY ANN HUGHES Message staff writer Math Their Way program incorporates cooperative learning, art, literature There was once a time when students who were working on a Thanksgiving art project sat at their individual desks and colored a mimeographed sheet featuring a turkey. Last week, kindergartners in Helen Pesavento's classroom at Holy Rosary School, EVansvil. vL_ _ .e' prepared for :nkving using the Math he": ay program and incor- aecl art, literature and co- Operative learning into their project. They b 'an by learnin the poem The 'l" - g vt ouquerque Turkey. 'aea, they incorporated infer- mation they had learned about math into their art project. As Pesavento explained, "In math, everything is a pattern, so we are looking for things that re- peat." As she lined up different colored paper feathers, she showed her students how to line the colors up in a pattern, using the letters A, B, C, and D for corresponding colors. "Any hands-on thing makes it more concrete," she said, not- ing, "the number five is very abstract, but if you have five beans in front ofyou," the number five becomes more con- crete. As the children began work- ing on their projects, they worked together in groups of four or five. This exercise in co- uDeration brainstorm to be "eat,00red in Catholic magazine By MARY ANN HUGHES Brainstorm group consisted of Message staff writer about 30 teachers from a, The diocesan-re ^ Catholic schools throughout io_ . . P gram, uper- " .'ramstorm, will be fea- January issue of   tatholic Teacher ,_ ,,e article, which was a by DOnna ,- wnt- iaator of S nalverson, coor- Lh-,. Upport Servlces in th fe-" gr fthe Ullre a the article Plain ,r , Halverson ex- Li0a-tlra.n e PUrpose of Opera- Velonea',ast_ rra, which was de- ire,? Y.Phyllis Beshears [}, .ur O[ sc k_ , , ralllstor,, _. -eels: . . . to d pb- "2 meas, concerns, s ,,-as tbr rnakin , chools a g diocesan better .r u staff stronger and [Cages .Pared to meet chal- The "o. ae future." tnal Operation the diocese. During their strat- egy sessions, they have devel- oped ideas for Catholic Schools Week, and the diocesan-wide Penny Campaign was their idea. As a result of students collecting pennies, almost $26,000 has been raised, and used for professional growth opportunities for teachers. The group also proposed grade level and subject area meetings for teachers. Accord- ing to Halverson, "These shar- ing groups have given hun- dreds of teachers an opportunity to learn and grow from each' other. This year a group for first-year teachers has been formed and future plans will include a group for pre-kindergarten teachers." operative learning is important Pesavento said "because more adults lose their jobs because they can't get along, than be- cause they can't read." As Pesavento walked through her classroom and lis- tened as each group discussed its process, Rose Whetstine ap- proached her. The kindergart- ner said, "I don't like the pat- tern." Pesavento said, "Tell your group." When Rose's group finally reached agreement on its pat- tern, Nathan Stobaugh clapped his hands together and said, "Gosh, we've got it done. This is going to be the best pattern since sliced bread!" Kindergarten students at Holy Rosary School, Evansville, get guidance from their teacher, Helen Pesavento, during a Thanksgiving project. -- Message photo by Mary Ann Hughes "LINCOLN . MERCURY JASPER 482-1200 Another language Margaret Schutte teaches sign language to Natalie Dressel, Jessica Hamilton, Christian Oliver and Matt Conklin, fifth graders at Westside Catholic Consolidated Intermediate School in Evansville. Basketball play continues The following fifth and sixth grade basketball results front league play Dec. 3 at Holy Rosary Church, Evansville, were submitted by Steve Schlachter. St. Theresa Red 53, Evansville Christian 25; St. Benedict White 39, St. Theresa White 18; Good Shepherd 52, Holy Rosary Green 16; St. Benedict Blue 45, Christ the King 17; Holy Rosary White 38, Holy Spirit 15. I ii I I I I iiii i I i i I I IIIII I MILLER & MILLER ",4 family name you can trust" 424-9274 II I "Where customers send their fr/ends" __ Open nightly 1119 p.m. 0000qhoP & o. ,s n, .,, -,m.. ,, - m.m00 Did YOU Know: 1-800-937-USA1 OLDS CIERA is most trouble free car made m -er I I I III : Ill I II I II II I i I ] In Montgomery, Ind, will be cl all of January for renvatins.Watch for re-opening date. Happy HoiMat I I] I I I ] I II [ II Illll