Teacher is tops in math
By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town
And the key is, it has helped children at Tomahawk Elementary School better understand the subject.
Helping third graders understand geometric shapes can be difficult if the only tool a teacher has is pictures from a textbook, said Flick, who has been named West Virginia Elementary Math Teacher of the Year.
In Flick's class, the teacher encourages students to make geometric shapes with straws. Flick said she has learned that if students make the shapes, they better understand the concept.
To help students learn addition, she pulls out a box of dominoes. Students are asked to add the dots from two or more domino squares. To give the correct sum, they must find another domino with the correct number and attach it to the end of the last block.