A few classrooms over, Karen McClure, a biologist with the Department of Natural Resources, was showing a classroom of students how to use a fishing pole.
She'd pull the line back, then gently cast it into a makeshift pond with felt fish, trying to catch one with the Velcro on the end of her line and reel it in (once she did, she'd have to make a sentence with the word written on the fish).
When she missed, the kids groaned. When the Velcro caught on the felt, they squealed with delight.
The class's teacher, Angela Silverstein, asked them to get in "line order" to wait their turn with the fishing rod, they shuffled their feet a bit, but quickly lined up.
"Every time we do something like this, our disciplinary actions go down, our attendance goes up," Lee said. "I had someone who was sick today and didn't want to go home because he didn't want to miss anything."
That's notable for a school that has been plagued by a low attendance rate and a high rate of tardiness, and Lee wishes she could use this
model all the time. Of course sometimes they have to drill kids on things like grammar - but Lee thinks that a combined approach just might work.
"We're going to keep trying," she said.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.