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Austin elementary school tests new learning style

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AUSTIN, Minn. (FOX 47) -

The Austin school board met at 4 P.M. Monday, to go over a new style of learning for fourth graders at Neveln Elementary School. 

The Baxter Learning Studio was named after Neveln Elementary's first principal, Frances Baxter.

The school has been working for over a year to get ready for the learning studio which allows for students to learn at their own pace.

With the 2017-2018 school year being the pilot year for the program, the school says that they are already seeing positive results.

"All of our students have been in a traditional classroom in first through third grades, as well as our teachers," said Principal Dewey Schara. "Our teachers have taught all in traditional classrooms as well. So it's an adjustment for both the teachers and the students, but they are doing really well."

The learning studio allows for students who need more help to work with and get extra help from teachers.

"There could be more than one teacher teaching and if you don't get it, there's another teacher there to help you understand what it's about," said fourth grader Madison Osbment. 

It also allows for students who learn at a faster pace to work independently.

The classroom is a converted auditorium, so there is extra space for students to spread out.

The learning studio doesn't have rows of desks like a traditional classroom does, instead there are many different places for them to sit.

"I like it because there's more space and we can sit where ever we want," said Osbment.

Teachers have also had to adjust to the idea of co-teaching rather than having their own individual classrooms.

"Now, it's all three of us teachers; we teach together, we collaborate, we differentiate to meet the needs of the students," said fourth grade teacher Erik LaRock.

Despite the ups and downs of adjusting to a new style of learning and teaching, teachers have noticed a positive response from students.

"We tried a ton of different things, found out what works, what doesn't work," said LaRock. "We've revamped a lot of things and the students have really adapted well. They are just starting to learn their routines, which is nice, and we've started to see a lot of positive things out of the students."

In a few years, if things continue to go well, Principal Schara hopes to expand the Learning Studio to include grades first through third.

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