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Teaming up is golden

The 6th grade math teaching team at Edison Middle School won a Golden Apple award for their innovative collaborative approach. (WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) --Students are teaching students at Edison Middle School in Green Bay, with a little help from their teachers.

The 6th grade math teachers at Edison Middle School have more than 50 years collective experience. For the past three years, they’ve been teaming up to share their knowledge with one another in a team teaching environment.

"We spent many years trying things that didn’t work and now we’re trying things that have worked and we just want to keep going in that direction,” say teacher Andrea Huggett."

The team is made up of five teachers. Huggett, Debbie Joski, Jared Barker, Eduardo Pineda and Holly Snyder.

One thing you’ll see in all their classrooms are tables, instead of traditional desks. That allows students to be their own substitute teachers.

"They’ve really committed to classroom collaboration," says their principal, Jo Wiebel. "So not only do they work with each other outside of classroom, kids are challenged to work with each other in the classroom. Problem solving, helping each other when they get stuck.”

“I enjoy math because I get to help other students be good at it and getting the subject that we’re learning,” says 6th grade student Christian Lopez.

Team members are given time to meet as part of their regular schedule, making the best use of their individual skill sets.

“Each one of us brings something unique to the table," says Huggett. "Eduardo is super amazing at technology, and he always tries to find ways to incorporate technology. Holly is very logistically driven and keeps us moving forward. Deb is like our go-getter, she just really makes sure that we keep going, and Jared, he’s like that person that can always encourage us and keep us pushed forward."

And after speaking with students, it sounds like the approach at Edison is working.

“I think they should keep doing what they’re doing," says 6th grader Emily Ochoabolanos.

FOX 11's Tom Milbourn, Michelle Melby and Mike Murad kicked off the nomination period for the 25th annual Golden Apple Awards in September. Nominees were announced in January, and the Teachers of Distinction were named later in the month.

The full list of recipients was announced in February.

This year's Golden Apple Awards ceremony is set for April 18. It will be broadcast at 6 p.m. April 19 on CW 14 and at 6 p.m. April 22 on FOX 11.

The Golden Apple Awards are a program of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, with support from major sponsors.

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