Teachers, students make every minute count in longer days

After 6½ hours in class, students at Sugar Grove Elementary School split into groups and head to other classrooms and hallways to continue reading, math and other lessons.

Normally the students would be going home; but after Center Grove canceled seven days because of severe winter weather, officials extended the day by 20 minutes through the end of the school year. All of Sugar Grove’s teachers, even those who lead music, art and physical education classes, spend the extra time working in small groups with students and making sure they understand the lessons they’ve been taught.

But teachers know that elementary students are coming off long days, so they try to make the extra instruction fun. That’s why when Sugar Grove’s physical education teachers review reading lessons with students they have basketballs that students can dribble down the hall while they work, Principal Davin Harpe said.

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