JONESPORT – Students at Jonesport Elementary are learning to expand their minds using a new learning strategy. It’s called VTS, and it allows students to discuss their ideas, and feelings in a respectful manner
Around the world, the scenery in Jonesport would be a work of art, but for Jonesport Elementary School, they’re looking at different art.
“We’ve got a lot of families that are already attached to the ocean. We’ve got Coast Guard families, and we’ve got fishing families, and Mother nature is not always predictable” said Debra Lay, the Principal of Jonesport Elementary.
Principal Lay traveled to Jonesport three years ago, after learning teaching techniques from Boston. Now, shes introducing her big city ideas into a small town classroom. “The kids come in and we look at, usually a pretty well known piece of artwork” she said.
Its called VTS, or Visual Thinking Strategy. Using inspiring images, students are able to expand their imagination as well as their vocabulary. One third grade student, Macie Faulkingham said “We come in and we look at a picture and we talk about it, and we either kindly disagree, or agree with someone.”
At Jonesport, disagreeing doesn’t always mean you don’t have to get a long. “They say things like, I respectively disagree with so and so, and I think I see this” said Lay.
In a small town, a nice word goes a long way, making VTS a real work of art. “I like it” said Macie. “Cause its quiet and then we can talk about a picture.”
For more information on VTS, you can visit their national website at www.vtshome.org