"The Student Experience" showcases University of Iowa students who excel academically—inside and outside the classroom. This is our latest entry in the series; look for the next story on Jan. 26.
The fourth-graders bounce into the tiny classroom and find their seats, wiggling into place around a U-shaped table.
It’s a diverse group. Each of the seven students comes from families whose native language is something other than English. On this day, the little English-language learners are all smiles and giggles.
Alissa Bornhoft intuitively knows how to harness the students’ energy.