Timely Tidbits from Janet and Marianne
Thank you to everyone who faxed your legislators through the NYSUT MAC Website on behalf of Teacher Centers. We are waiting to hear about our funding for next year.
“Teacher Centers provide professional learning opportunities for educators that contribute to improved student achievement. Teacher center programs use local data to inform and improve instruction and increase student engagement. These centers play a vital role for educators, helping them become increasingly effective in the classroom.” -excerpt from the NYSUT letter
Teacher Centers provide support and professional development FOR TEACHERS - BY TEACHERS! Thank you for your help.
“Teach your students to use what talents they have; the woods would be silent if no bird sang except those that sing best.”- Anonymous
“Experience is the name that everyone gives to his mistakes.”-Oscar Wilde
We are looking for courses to run this summer and next year - starting in late fall. If there is something you are interested in learning, or a course you would like to develop and teach, please let us know. We would be happy to work with you.
Have a relaxing and enjoyable Spring Break!
Janet, Marianne, and Vanessa
STC Book Recommendation
WHAT’S MATH GOT TO DO WITH IT? by Jo Boaler
“In this straightforward and inspiring book, Jo Boaler, named by the BBC as one of eight people who ‘are challenging the future of education,’ outlines concrete solutions that can transform students’ math experiences, including classroom approaches, essential strategies for students, and advice for parents. Now updated to address the controversial Common Core, this is a must read for anyone who is interested in the future of our children and our country.”
EDUCATION WEEK says that “Boaler reminds readers that while algorithms may be forgotten soon after graduation, turning a child’s feelings for a subject from loathing to loving can give a lifetime of benefit.”
STRATEGY: “QUIZ, QUIZ, TRADE - This would work as a review of all content areas.
Make a set of cards, each containing a question and an answer. Students walk around the room and find a partner. They quiz their partner, then the partner quizzes them. When each are done, they trade cards and find another partner. Continue. Students can help with the answer and give clues since they already have the answer.
For students needing extra support: Hints can be written on the card for the “teacher” to give clues.
For students needing a challenge: Math problems can be put on the front of the card and their partner can use wipe-off boards to complete the work. Student with quiz card (and answer) can check their work.
-Marianne, Janet and Vanessa
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National Board Certification Awareness Session and Summer Jump Start Session now accepting registration. For details
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