Franklin College instructor makes math lessons add up


From left: Creekside Elementary school fourth graders Callum Buchanan, Nicholas Coy and Chloey Hoy work with Franklin College professor Paul Fonstad once each week to review fourth grade reading lessons. Paul Fonstad volunteers at Creekside Elementary every Thursday morning.

Once a week, a Franklin College professor teaches math to six fourth-graders and takes notes about what the 10-year-old students are learning.

That information will be useful to his other set of students, who are training to become elementary school teachers.

Assistant professor Paul Fonstad teaches math and elementary education courses at Franklin College, and earlier this year he wanted to spend time in an elementary school classroom to learn about math lessons for fourth-grade students. So he volunteered to help teach math with Creekside Elementary School teacher Beth Hoeing once each week.

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