Golden Apple: Nellie Mastin 4/23/2013

Golden Apple - Nellie Mastin

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MASON CITY, IA – Mrs. Nellie Mastin is all about looking on the bright side.

She said, “Positive is obviously the way to go.”

Now that the school year is coming to a close, it’s an exciting time for teachers *and students.

Mastin said, “Usually it’s like, “I forgot what I couldn’t do or how where I was at the beginning of the year.” And they don’t realize it till the end of the year when they go back and realize the thing’s they’ve worked on or we talk about what they’ve learned this year.”

Her second graders feel exactly the same way.

2nd Grader, Mariah Beyer said, “I’ve changed a lot in my reading and stuff. It feels good, because now I’ve learned more than I did before when I first started.”

And Nellie says she’s figured out hands-on teaching works best for young minds.

She said, “We use a lot of hand manipulations. For a lot of kids they need that visual and being able to kinesthetically  move those things, that’s what gives them the strength that they get. It connects it in their heads for them.”

But she’s also hoping to teach them skills that go beyond the books.

Mastin said, “They need to be able to see that maybe one thing isn’t a good choice, but of they keep working on it, they’ll make a better choice. To learn from those mistakes, whether it’s in their academics or their behavior.”

And though Mariah is excited to move on to 3rd grade, there’s one thing she’s not looking forward to.

She said, “I don’t want a different teacher.”

But the students will always keep their second grade community close.

Mastin said,” By the time they get home and have supper, and activities and go to bed, the majority of their day is spent here with us, so we’re kind of like a big family.”

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