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Stickers added up in North statistics class

POSTED: June 10, 2014 5:22 p.m.

NORTH FORSYTH — North Forsyth High School students stuck to a new method to improve their math skills this past school year.

Math teacher Mark Fisher received funding from Sawnee EMC’s Bright Ideas educational grant program for a yearlong activity involving stickers.

“The idea was simple,” Fisher said. “We wanted to motivate the students to persevere throughout the year by having a goal that would appeal to them and not just their parents.”

For each of the 12 unit tests passed in Fisher’s statistics class, students earned a sticker. If they didn’t pass, they had the option to improve their understanding and retake the test.

At the end of the year, students with a completed sticker sheet got a T-shirt. Perhaps more importantly, they had reviewed the information needed to do well on the Advanced Placement test.

By the end of the project, the school had more than 65 students take this year’s AP statistics exam. That was a school record and more than double the 2012-13 number, when fewer than 30 students took the test.



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