MES Summer Learning
What new learning took place this summer?
Learning Happens Year Round!
Mrs. Nicole DeFrances
Mrs. Erin Fonzo
I also organized and led a summer book study for interested Maplewood Elementary staff based on Innovator's Mindset by George Couros. We discussed the book through a Google Classroom as well as on Twitter.
Mrs. Angela Marshall
I also attended the Teacher's College Writing Conference. I learned a ton of strategies to use in writing workshop to help mini-lessons and small group work run more smoothly.
Ms. Katie Parker
I am currently working towards 30 credits beyond my Master's Degree(almost there:)) and I took another course entitled, Building Peace Through Restorative Practices in Schools. Through this course, I have learned that the restorative approach to discipline empowers a community to take an active role in resolving problems. Restorative practices in schools are predicated on the positive relationships that students and adults have with one another and basically it is harder for students to act defiantly or disrespectfully toward adults who clearly care about them and their future. In an environment where restorative practices are implemented, when a student misbehaves, the people involved are encouraged to engage in reflective conversations and are given opportunities to make amends. Punishments are not dished out for misbehaviors, instead students gain an understanding as to how their behaviors may have hurt another person(s), etc.
Through this course I have learned a whole new approach to classroom management and I look forward to trying out some of the things I have learned.
Mrs. Amy Prenatt
Relationships are so very important for our students. Those would be Relationships with both adults and with their peers. This effects their social growth as well as their academic growth. As a result of my summer learning I have given additional thought as to how to encourage our kids to take on more ownership into their own learning by having them reflect more and encouraging questions.
Mrs. Joy Shaffer
Mrs. Kelli Trenga
I also continued working on my dissertation for a doctoral degree in educational leadership. Data collection stage and writing of chapters 4 and 5. Study- A Phenomenological Study of Dentists' Preparedness to Manage the Behaviors of Patients with Autism During the Dental Treatment Experience.
Mrs. Jen Wilkinson
Mrs. Teresa Yarnell
I took two graduate classes. The first one was Developing Phonemic Awareness in Emergent Readers. The text included practical strategies to help students in the area of phonics. The second class was Responsive Classroom Management in the Primary grades. It touched on how to be more proactive than reactive in our approach to discipline and how to use restorative justice in the classroom.
I also did some reading this summer. I read the Innovator's Mindset by George Couros which provided great insight into how we can change the way we teach to empower students.
The second book I read was Teach Skills, Break Habits by Dan St. Romain. He talks about how good behavior is a skill that can be taught and developed with practice and just because we teach a behavior once, it doesn't mean that it is mastered right away. He also stresses the importance of building positive relationships with students and creating a warm and inviting classroom environment.