Higher Learning: Creekside elementary students learn from college professor

The Franklin College professor tells the fourth-grade students at Creekside Elementary School that his college statistics class starts with the same concept theirs does.

John Boardman, a math professor at Franklin College, is spending Wednesdays this year teaching high-ability fourth-grade students at Creekside Elementary School.

The elementary students get to learn from a man who teaches young adults and get a peek at what college may be like.

Boardman gets to sharpen his teaching skills and develop them even more for his college students.

And all this started as a way for the professor to volunteer in his daughter’s class.

Last year, Boardman taught a math class on Tuesdays that his daughter, Jocelyn, was in.

Her fourth-grade teacher, Beth Hoeing, wanted to continue to have him teach this year.

Parent volunteers are common in the classroom. However, in Hoeing’s seven years of teaching, Boardman is the only one who had the expertise and time to actually teach a lesson every week, Hoeing said.

High-ability students get to learn fifth-grade math from a professor. Those students get another way to look at math problems with an expert in math.

“It helps (students) grasp the one (way) it will make sense to them,” Hoeing said. “They see that he teaches adults skills that will put them in their careers.”

Other students get more one-on-one time with their teacher during math class when Boardman is there.

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