Motocross helps kids learn at Whitesboro Intermediate School

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

WHITESBORO, TX - A Whitesboro fourth grade teacher has truly found a way to make learning more fun, and it involves an extreme sport.

"They don't even realize they're learning as they're doing math and statistics and geography and creative writing," said teacher Carol Beale.

Whitesboro fourth grade teacher, Carol Beal has found an inspiring way for her students to really learn, while having a lot of fun. The class tracks the progress of motocross racer Blake Wharton as part of Mrs. Beales program called Tracking 21. Wharton feels that the program is working wonders.

"Mrs. Beale teaches the kids how to learn having fun, ya know? I think that's something that's overlooked most of the time," said Wharton.

Tracking 21 is a cross-curricular project that Beale developed to teach kids everything from geography, math and statistics to communication and fitness. It definitely covers a lot of subjects and continues to amaze Wharton.

"Ya know, I can get on a plane and go from here to Florida but they'll make something of it," Wharton said.

The kids study up on interesting facts about the states that Blake is traveling to and even get to call him once a week to wish him luck and tell him what they've learned.

"We learned this by the way we learned this fact and I'm like for one I didn't even know that, and for two they're kinda hyping me up to race," said Wharton.

Wharton says there are several benefits to participating in Tracking 21, like the fact that he's learning along with the kids and they continue to inspire him. When asked why he enjoys Tracking 21 so much, fourth grader Reid Russell gave the obvious answer...

"Because I just think it's cool that we get to talk to a professional motorcross racer," said Russell.

It's a win-win situation. The kids get to have fun and learn and Wharton gets to be inspired by his very own fan club.

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  • by Whitesboro Mom on Mar 25, 2011 at 07:30 AM
    LOVE THIS!!!!!! Thank you, Carol! Kuddos!
  • by Fred Location: From the moon on Mar 25, 2011 at 07:17 AM
    Teach them war, it is exciting. They can learn logistics, statistics, math, communications and even pc war. But disipline comes with it, also reality of life and death and disstruction comes with it. Of coarse most public schools can be war zones at times. So kids are already ready for war. War Games at school are so much fun, NOT! Remember it is reading, writing and arithmatic not bullying, rioting and rape.
  • by Suzanne Cunningham on Mar 25, 2011 at 04:46 AM
    Mrs Beale is awesome! Her students have learned so much and LOVE Tracking 21 and her class. We watch Blake race every Sat. It has been awesome for the Fourth graders in Whitesboro!
  • by Tracy Morales Location: Sherman on Mar 24, 2011 at 03:28 PM
    Carol, You are doing an amazing job!
  • by Tracy Morales Location: Sherman on Mar 24, 2011 at 03:27 PM
    Carol, You are doing an amazing job!
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