Cedar Falls teacher takes home final ‘Tools for Schools’ award this year

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – A second-grade teacher in Cedar Falls wins $1,000 for the final ‘Cedar Valley Tools for Schools’ award this school year.

Rachelle Michael has been a teacher at Orchard Hill Elementary School in Cedar Falls for 18 years.

The money will be used toward buying material to create math games for the second graders. Michael plans on buying dice, decks of cards and dominoes. She said the games are often played with partners or teams, allowing students to build fluency and practice necessary skills.

“Well for one, they’re interacting with a peer. I’d be able to observe them as they’re talking and thinking instead of just paper and pencil rote work,” Michael said. “It’s a great way to build number sense and problem-solving skills, and it’s a lot more fun.”

Michael said the children can also play math games with their family at home, and instead of learning through boring worksheets, parents can have a positive experience with their students.

The ‘Cedar Valley Tools for Schools’ program is a partnership between KWWL, the University of Iowa Community Credit Union and Kimball and Beecher.

Olivia Schmitt

Olivia Schmitt

Morning Reporter at KWWL
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