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Mar 18, 2010 10:04 PM by Andy Koen

Teacher taps creativity to unlock learning

To get John Trivisonno's second grade classroom at Desert Sage Elementary in Pueblo West, you have to walk through a large cardboard and paper castle, complete with plush dragons. It's an early signal that learning here is supposed to be fun.

"School really should be more of an adventure," Trivisonno says.

The 12 year veteran teacher has been with Desert Sage since the school opened in 2001.  He's also taught first and 3rd grades here, but says 2nd grade has been the best fit. 

Creativity and adventure are a part of lesson every day. For example, a recent math lesson was spent having the students sit as a group on the floor using brightly colored plastic sticks with strings attached to learn subtraction.

You don't see pencils and paper, or text books, but you do see plenty of smiles.

"The creativity and the excitement go together and that's actually when the kids start to learn is when they're excited and they don't even know that they're working."

Trivisonno has discovered that enjoyment builds confidence, and that confidence unlocks learning.

"If you work on the confidence with each kid, they go home remembering what they learned and they go home pretty happy."

Because of that natural ability to build his students up, John Trivisonno is our Teachers First Award recipient for the month of March.

We want to hear from your kids. Have them write us a letter nominating their special teacher.

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