Classroom Spotlight: Cyndi Nykamp teaches ‘just right’ learning at Innocademy


ZEELAND — Cyndi Nykamp teaches second grade at Innocademy, but not all of her students are second-graders.

“We say we’re teaching second grade objectives, because it’s not all chronological,” she said. “We’ve moved to just right learning. Some third-graders who need a little extra help with math come to my class for that, and some first-graders come in because they can do second-grade math.”

She added, “That’s the part I love about teaching here. Kids can learn at their own level, and they don’t get creatively bored.”

Nykamp is in her seventh year at Innocademy. She previously taught for 11 years at Holland Christian, and then spent 16 years homeschooling her children.

“I was just thrilled to get the opportunity to teach again and find joy with children,” she said. “I love the learning I get to do because some things have changed so much since I taught. It’s really fun to reenter that.” readmore


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