The enthusiastic yelling that took place at West Lincoln Middle School this week has little to do with the end of school.
Instead, seventh-grade students were involved in games focusing on math and English.
â€œWeâ€™re reviewing things theyâ€™ve learned all year,â€ said Christi Rykhus, a seventh-grade teacher.
The educational games had themes like â€œSurvivorâ€ and â€œJeopardy!â€ Students were questioned on math, science, geography, literature and social studies. There was an English grammar basketball game, a time to navigate with a compass and movie watching.
â€œItâ€™s been really fun because we get to learn stuff and we are having fun when we learn,â€ said Amber Willard, a seventh-grade student.
Rykhus believes that the games and activities are a good way to end the school year. She hopes the review games will help them retain information they will need in eighth grade.
â€œHopefully theyâ€™ll remember a lot more,â€ said Rykhus. â€œHopefully it will stick in their minds over summer.â€
This is not the first year of review-mania at the close of school. The teachers also played review games last year and they used that experience to improve and make adjustments on this yearâ€™s review.
While last yearâ€™s review was four days, teachers cut it down to two this year. They believe it keeps students better focused.
The teachers also took a more group-oriented approach this year. They hoped the project would build teamwork and enthusiasm.
â€œThe kids love it,â€ said Rykhus. â€œItâ€™s been a lot of fun these last two days. Everyoneâ€™s interacting.â€
While all the games have a fun slant, students have chosen their favorites.
â€œI like the stems basketball because its an activity, but its still school,â€ said Devein Beatenhead, a seventh grader.
Both the students and the teachers have enjoyed their time learning and playing games together. Itâ€™s great to be outside the classroom; using the skills theyâ€™ve learned is just an added bonus.
â€œTeaching is about touching the studentâ€™s lives and letting them know someone cares about them when they wake up in the morning,â€ Rykhus said.
by Mary Williams