SHADY COVE, Ore-- Over at Shady Cove Elementary, instead of learning how to read, write and communicate through a book, students that are a part of Heather Neely's fourth grade class are learning new communication and language skills through broadcasting and reporting.
"I had the equipment to do it," said Ms. Neely. "They're able to work on a lot of skills that they need especially when it comes to their speaking and listening skills."
Five weeks ago, Ms. Neely came up with the idea to teach her students through broadcasting after they had come back to the classroom from comprehensive distance learning.
Understanding that a lot of kids did not have the best experience with CDL, Ms. Neely says that she wanted to bring some fun to the classroom while also giving them the required education.
"It kind of hits a lot of what they need to learn in a more engaging way while also making sure that it's fun," said Ms. Neely.
And for the students that are apart of Ms. Neely's class, they say that they've enjoyed the experience and have had a lot of fun compared to that of CDL.
"I like more hands-on during things like this," said Kezia Heberhart, a fourth grade student at Shady Cove Elementary. "Normally, if we were doing this on zoom, Ms. Neely would have to record us on her computer with her phone and that wasn't very fun."
Although there have been some challenges along the way with this unique style of teaching, such scripts not being ready, communication problems and overall problems just being ready. But for most kids a part of Ms. Neely's class they say that they've enjoyed this experience.
"I really liked the part where I got to interview people," said Baylee Jermain, a fourth grade student at Shady Cove Elementary. "I really like being back in class."
While others say that along with having fun, they've also grown in certain skills since this new teaching method was implemented.
"I think I've grown in communicating to my class and that my teamwork has improved," said Gavin Neely, a fourth grade student at Shady Cove Elementary.
Starting next year, Ms. Neely will be moving along with her class into the fifth grade, in their last year at elementary school.
NewsWatch 12 asked Ms. Neely if she will be using this type of teaching model at the next level. Ms. Neely told NewsWatch 12 that she will keep this teaching model at least until the end of the year, but is not sure if it will progress any further.
Although that might the case, Ms. Neely says that the experience has been worth it.
"It's been a lot of fun," Ms. Neely said. "It has been challenging at times, but that's what teaching is all about. Seeing the kids overcome a lot and seeing how much they grow is awesome."