Teachers express opinions about WIN

Sydney Miller and Presley Sanders

This week at Duncan Middle School, WIN is starting up in a new and efficient way.

Marinda Cook poses for a photo in the sixth-grade hallway. (Damon Dillon)

As of the beginning of this year, the students will stay in their first hour class for WIN, and then continue the rest of their day. With the system changes staring up this week, the students will be divided into different classrooms depending on their homeroom class.

If their first hour class is a core class, such as English or math, they will go into another classroom for certain days of the week. This allows other students who need to make up work in those core classes to come in and get it done.

The new WIN system doesn’t affect Marinda Cook.

Cook is one of the sixth-grade math teachers at Duncan Middle School.

“The new WIN is not any different, but there are more kids pulled in my class,” Cook said. “We do the same thing but with more kids.”

Cook doesn’t really have a preference between the new system and the old one because she did it last year. She said it isn’t really any different for her this year. She hopes WIN will be able to aid kids that need more help and that this program will help kids with the different skills they are struggling with.

Floyd Brown stops for a photo during an interview. (Damon Dillon)

“I sometimes have a lot of kids, but not always,” she said.

Floyd Brown, typing and app builders teacher, said WIN doesn’t affect his classroom either.

“The new WIN program helps us select students that need a little extra work,” Brown said.

He prefers the new WIN.over the old way that WIN has been going because he thinks the new WIN allows students to have more time to work. Brown has a lot of students in his WIN class every day, yet this program does not stress him out at all.

Some teachers have special activities that they do during their WIN time, including both enrichment games/activities for the students and learning opportunities.

“We do some fun logic games,” Katelyn Young, an eighth-grade student, said.