Professional Development

2016 - 2017

GCTM - October 2016

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GCTM is an annual conference where math teachers from across the state come together to learn and share new ideas. Alice Johnson and I presented on behalf of GAVS and discussed the Georgia Virtual Learning shared resources. It was a positive experience that allowed me to talk to teachers and offer a wonderful resource to help them in the classroom. After the presentation, we did a question/answer period where we were able to offer solutions to their current issues.

In addition to presenting and listening to the keynote speaker, Erica Walker, I attended several learning sessions. The two most interesting session I attended were on SmartNotebook tools and Interactive Apps. In the Interactive Apps session, I learned many new interactive tools to use with students. Three of my favorites were Socrative app (witch allows you to create multiple choice quizzes), Learn Algebra/Algebra 2 app, and the Yhomework app. I hope to attend this conference it again next year.

Fall 2016 PLS

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This year's Fall PLS took place on October 22 at Forsyth Conference Center. The theme was #ONETEAM and staff wore college gameday T-shirts. The meeting started with breakfast and a very interesting Ted Talks video. Then we had Ignite Sessions, followed by a presentation on Brightspace Insights. Before lunch we had Teacher Awards. I really enjoyed seeing our amazing teacher recognitions. After lunch, we had an AP meeting as well as Department meetings. During the AP meeting, Joyce provided Analytics of our AP exam scores. Together we reflected on how we can help our students perform better. We shared ideas and I made plans to hold Live Lessons with students in the Spring specifically dedicated to AP Exam Preparation.

Spring PLS - 2017

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During our department meeting, at Spring PLS, we highlighted several teachers who shared their best practices. Some of the presentation topics included Twitter, OneNote, remediation, and video walk throughs. The Twitter presentation was very fun and inspiring. I am going to try to utilize Twitter more in my own courses by sharing tweets and creating course reminder information.


The OneNote session information that was shared is always helpful. I have been using OneNote as a location for all of my teaching tools and specific course information such as answer keys and feedback. It is great to see how other teachers utilize OneNote and to learn tips and tricks to make my own notebook more efficient.