Teaching Academy at JMU Drawing Hundreds to the Valley

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- James Madison University is hosting a forum for teachers this week in the hope to improve science education. Close to 500 teachers from around the nation are meeting at JMU, this week for the 15th Annual Content Teaching Academy.

The academy focuses on using new techniques in the classroom to enhance the learning experience. Teachers learned and shared their own hands-on methods to teach difficult science topics.

Seth Berkeley, a physics teacher from Harrisonburg High School was one of only 20 Valley teachers to attend. He hopes these new teaching methods will create more interest for students.

"I really like the idea of getting them to act more like scientists will in an actual science environment whereas a traditional class can sort of just be me talking at you," said Berkeley.

The academy runs until the end of the week. Other topics offered include math, English, computer science and more.

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