Banks teacher strives to make classroom a ‘stress-free’ environment


BANKS, Ala. (WSFA) – If the numbers don’t match, Lori Jacobs is there to step in and help her students find a solution. The math and science teacher at Banks School says she’s always up for a challenge.

“I love math in 5th grade because it’s challenging and a lot of students come to math, and they’re very nervous and have a lot of anxiety,” she said. “So I try to create a stress-free environment for them.”

His classroom has bean bag chairs, game chairs, rugs, and music. She said she wanted to get rid of the idea of ​​a traditional math class.

“We play calm music when they are working independently. I make flexible seating, so students can choose where they sit. And I also like to give them time to socialize and explain their answers instead of just telling them what’s right or wrong. I just want it to be less stressful for them,” Jacobs added.

For Jacobs, it’s about reducing anxiety and making learning fun at Banks School. She encourages her students to see difficult things as new adventures.

“I just want them to feel safe and feel like their voice is heard, and then when they’ve done the challenge, their confidence is boosted and they end up loving math,” said said Jacobs.

Jacobs has taught for 22 years in Alabama and Georgia. She said it was really rewarding to watch her students grow up and learn to love math and science.

“I just want to say to my students, thank you for giving your all every day, day after day,” she said.

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