Editor’s Note: Although most of the teachers interviewed for this article have moved on since it was published in 2002, the school continues to infuse technology throughout its curriculum.
When Chapel Hill, North Carolina, teacher Kathleen Eveleigh goes over the day’s activities with her students, she does so with the gratifying knowledge that she is fulfilling a host of educational goals.
As she asks for examples of the day’s highlights from her Mary Scroggs Elementary School kindergartners or first graders (all Mary Scroggs teachers loop, which means they teach the same group of students for two years in a row), she types their answers into a computer. Then the children follow along as she reads their dictation aloud. The students are honing both reading and writing skills in line with an approach called balanced literacy.