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Interventionist Melissa Mangen, center, uses words, small pictures and flash cards to work with Shelby Reed, left, and Bella Gutierrez in Carol Gustafson's first-grade class at Kennedy Elementary School. Tribune photo by Linda Vanderwerf

Elementary schools in Willmar, Minn., try new system to heighten instruction

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WILLMAR -- First-graders work in small groups to match words with pictures and recognize similarities and differences between words. Fifth-graders in different groups read aloud or write about accomplishments.

Even in places where three groups work in the same classroom, the noise level is tightly controlled, and students follow along intently.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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(320) 214-4340
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