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Education Lab Blog

Education Lab is a project to spark meaningful conversations about education solutions in the Pacific Northwest.

April 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Monday story: Auburn school is a shouting success

Students are eager to answer a question posed at them by fifth-grade teacher Michael Fitzgerald at Gildo Rey Elementary in Auburn. Fitzgerald takes part in a style of teaching called direct instruction that involves constant engagement and vocal repetition between teacher and student. Photo by Genevieve Alvarez / The Seattle Times.

Students are eager to answer a question posed at them by fifth-grade teacher Michael Fitzgerald at Gildo Rey Elementary in Auburn. Fitzgerald takes part in a style of teaching called direct instruction that involves constant engagement and vocal repetition between teacher and student. Photo by Genevieve Alvarez / The Seattle Times.

As a morning math lesson wound down at Gildo Rey Elementary, a class of fifth-graders prepared to take a unit test.

“Say ‘I can do it,’ ” teacher Michael Fitzgerald called out.

“I can do it,” the students chanted back.

“Take two deep breaths,” he said.

The students inhaled in chorus, then blew the air out.

A decade ago, few would have predicted that Gildo Rey, a collection of brick buildings tucked between apartment complexes and aging trailer parks in the South King County city of Auburn, would become one of the top-scoring public elementary schools in Washington state.

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