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Teachers teach teachers how to teach 'Common Core' standards

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Some teachers in our area took the day off from instructing in front of their class, and instead,  they grabbed a seat to learn.

Educators in the Madison and West Central school districts tested each other Monday.

KSFY News asked what these teachers were studying. 

And there were many other subjects talked about at school.

One subject many classes had in common, was the 'Common Core' education standards.

While the kids are away, the teachers will play.

Fourth grade teacher Brooke Hermsen said "kids learn so much when they're working with each other, and they can bounce ideas off each other. They can come up with a solution working as a team rather than working as an individual."

First grade teacher Glenda Knuth said these fun and games help teachers, teach teachers, how to teach 'Common Core' geometry.

"The teachers were just going through exercises that we actually would go through with our class," Knuth said.

The 'Common Core' changes the formula for teaching.

"It's definitely changed education that is for sure, from the direct instruction that I used to have when I was a kid," Hermsen said.

But many are divided on this new way of learning. 

"With anything, it probably has it's pros and it's cons but we've had a great experience with our investigation series so far and the kids have loved it," Hermsen said.

"I was skeptical, I have to admit I was skeptical when I first started this, but I've been doing this for six years now. I just think when children learn with the hands-on and they're actually guided through the instruction rather than told. The learning is so much higher," Knuth said.

Glenda invites parents with doubts to come back to school and take an open seat in the classroom.

"The level of knowledge that the children actually have, and the level of understanding that they have is very high, and if they would come and see and watch, I think they would be interested to know there is a lot of learning going on," Knuth said.

"It's a lot of planning from  the teachers point of view, but in the end, it's awesome, the kids have a great time and they're always smiling, it seems like," Hermsen said.

Knuth said kids are so advanced these days with technology and video games. She said hands-on teaching helps kids learn, not just for a test but to keep those skills for their future.

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