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Teacher runs ‘Bracket Challenge’

Throughout the pandemic, teachers have modified past practices to accommodate new safety procedures. West Geauga Middle School social studies teacher Ernie Cavasinni has not let the pandemic get in the way of his creativity when teaching his lessons.

Students in Mr. Cavasinni’s classes participate in a “Bracket Challenge” debate activity in which students argue two opposing points. The students were given a period of time to present their case and follow-up time to present supporting information.

“The beautiful thing about having my students compete in bracket challenges is that the activity incorporates competition and debate in an appropriate and healthy manner,” Mr. Cavasinni said. “Students are actively engaged in the learning process at a higher level of learning instead of being passive learners. They are actually applying what they have learned in a fun and challenging manner. The arguments that they develop are impressive and a true pleasure to observe.”

Students celebrate 100 days

Although many Ohio school districts have offered only remote instruction, West Geauga has been conducting in-person classes for students in grades K-12 five days per week throughout the 2020-2021 school year despite the pandemic.

Westwood Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school on Feb. 5. Students and staff dressed up, and activities were planned around the number 100. This day is celebrated to mark the beginning of the second half of the school year and to reflect on the progress made thus far.

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