Teacher uses America’s Pastime to help motivate students

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Whether he’s teaching Science, Literature, Spelling or English at Holy Family Catholic School, Mr. Huffman brings the same approach to each class.

“I try to bring an open classroom where the kids can talk to me, freely talk and ask questions but I also assign many projects, that keep the students involved,” Mr. Huffman said.

The most popular incentive for good grades on tests – baseball cards.

“The kids get excited I try to get them excited about especially about baseball the girls a lot of them have never seen a baseball card in their life probably and they become the biggest collectors,” Mr. Huffman said.

“We just read The Noble Experiment it’s about Jackie Robinson. In our test if we get 100% we get a Jackie Robinson card,” Marisol Marcelo said.

“For children to learn most effectively they have to feel comfortable and they have to enjoy what they’re doing, and anytime a teacher can help make that connection with them it sure helps them,” Mr. Schmidt said.

Mr. Huffman’s Principal says he treats every student as if they’re the only student he has and his students take notice.

“If there’s a kid who’s struggling he will find some time that he can be with them and teach them one on one if they don’t understand,” Marcelo said.

“He provides a lot of guidance for the kids, that fatherly figure also in the classroom when children are away from home he gives them that guidance, that steady hand, without him here I think a lot of kids would be longing for that discipline, that structure,” Mr. Schmidt said.

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