KILLEEN, TX — During Killeen ISD’s all-virtual start to the new school year, teachers have gone above and beyond to meet the needs of their students in an unfamiliar learning environment.
For some teachers, like Ashlee Skelton at Skipcha Elementary School, their creativity has gained an impressive audience.
After fellow second grade teacher, Hannah Roddy, heard her teaching partner listening to the popular kid’s song “Baby Shark” through their shared wall, the video she then recorded went viral on social media.
With over 10.5 million views on TikTok, Skelton’s creative teaching on inequality signs brought life to her empty classroom.
Dressed in a shark costume, the teacher danced around the classroom to explain the concepts of less than, greater than and equal to.
“We normally explain inequalities with the alligator mouth. Then we thought, ‘what if we do a shark?’”
Skelton and Roddy encouraged students to stand with them as they watched at home, forming arrows to show numeric relationships.
Skelton has been a teacher for the past five years, all of them with Skipcha Elementary. She mentored co-teacher Roddy when she began her career three years ago and was named the campus Teacher of the Year for the 2018-2019 school year.
The viral TikTok video can be viewed here.