SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – It only takes five minutes in a Laura B. Anderson Elementary School classroom to see students there like learning.
When teacher Fred Jackson asked his fifth-grade students to solve a multiplication problem on the board, their pencils popped up almost in unison.
Down the hall of the northeast Sioux Falls school, Kim Runia’s classroom of second-graders raised their hands excitedly, practically fighting for a chance to demonstrate appropriate behavior for “independent reading time.”
“This is one of the happiest groups of children I’ve ever encountered,” Principal Jayne Zielenski told the Argus Leader . “They are smiling, and they have every reason to not be smiling.”