Teachers Invent Game To Help Other Educators

The state requires teachers to have a standard in teaching math and science to students.  That standard is called  "TEKS".  Studying every detail of the TEKS can be tedious.

Three Longview High School Teachers set out to change that.  Their idea is helping teachers nationwide.  Before Bonnie Davis can teach calculus to her students she first has to find out what the state requires them to learn.

"If you don't know what your students are suppose to know then they're not going to be prepared for the TAKS test that's coming this spring," says Bonnie Davis.

Okay, so we don't get confused here's a quick lesson: the TAKS is a test students will take soon to make sure they're learning what the state requires. It replaces the TASS test. The TEKS is for teachers and it tells them what each student should be learning in each grade.

"Three of us Cherry Moore, Ellen Allen and I were in Houston at a math conference, this was in August of 2000. On the way back we discussed what we can do to help our teachers learn the TEKS in a fun creative way," says Davis.  The result: A board game called 'TEKS Trails'.

Here's how it works: a teacher spins the wheel and finds the correct grade level.   The game is finding a creative way to teach what the TEKS says a student in that grade should know.

"If I get that point correctly then I would put my dot on a particular teks trail that connects to the teks," says Bonnie.

The Dana Center, a company who specializes in science and mathematics, loved the game.  "They were interested in marketing it so they approached us about purchasing it from us and we had a copyright on it so it worked well for everyone," says Cherry Moore.

Now the teachers board game is being sold through the Dana Center in school districts around the nation.

Amy Tatum, reporting