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Teachers Turn the Page on Snow Days

BENTONVILLE, AR -- Students are back in the classroom after winter weather stole a few school days this week, but teachers are still trying to get back on schedule.
BENTONVILLE, AR -- Students are back in the classroom after winter weather stole a few school days this week, but teachers are still trying to get back on schedule.

"Our motto is always flexibility in everything. We can't control the weather, we just kind of take what we can and when we're here we make the most of it."

It is back to school in Bentonville after another snow day claimed class time. It has been a rough winter so far with eight snow days in the district and while teachers cannot predict the future, they are already making up for lost time.

"If we're anticipating poor weather, sometimes we can kind of use that as a way to give some extra homework so that they can get caught up on things at home... We're still really connected to students and parents through email and just giving them lots of updates," said Jordan Watkins, a 5th grade Math teacher at Ruth Barker Middle School.

Even with a shifting schedule, Mrs. Watkins is making sure her students will not miss a single equation.

"That's kind of the goal of Common Core is to make sure that we're teaching them things that they're going to be able to learn on such a deep level, that they can retain it for a longer amount of time... No matter how many times you look at the curriculum map or the textbook, you really still have to differentiate that instruction to your kids."

To make up for missed lessons, they are learning at a little bit faster pace. Staying positive helps keep students stress-free.

"Going from waking up at 9:00 one morning to 6:30 another morning certainly makes it hard for them to get adjusted back to things... Some kids are really excited to be here and they're ready to get out of the house sort of like me, and others are just kind of still in that snow day mode."

But it is back to the books and teachers are ready to turn the page.

"As much as teachers feel a little bit of stress in just trying to get everything done, we just have to remember that we're doing the best that we can... So we just have to be flexible and positive."

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