Decatur Instructional Fieldtrip
February 10, 2014
Turning up the HEAT!
The focal point when using technology is not about the tool but about instructional practices. Engaging and challenging lessons enable students to think critically to solve problems. Technology is just one tool that enables students to collaborate, share, and become problem solvers in the world in which they live.
Anchors charts are so important. What a great resource tool for kids!
The Workshop Model--Actively engaged students!
During the mini-lesson the teacher provides direct instruction for the whole class.
During the work time, students get to dig in and practice the learning. This is the most important part of the workshop and therefore must be the longest part of the period. I try to give students the bulk of the class to work, practice, or apply what has been taught during the mini-lesson.
Decatur's Model Varied:
1. Teacher time
2. Own my own
3. Practice math facts
4. Hands own manipulatives/games
2. At my seat
3. Discuss with the teachers
Create the Culture!
A culture is being created at Decatur ISD with teachers and students alike that encourages the use of technology in a variety of different ways. This includes the use of cellular phones to MAC books to IPAD minis. An environment exists where kids use laptops to fit their needs. Some handwrite notes, some type their notes and use Evernote, and some are researching and discussing.
Professional development is an ever evolving piece at Decatur ISD. To truly develop a learning environment there is ongoing professional development. This ranges from Apple Training for the district to campus based items such as Technology Tuesdays. The teachers are empowered through these trainings to integrate technology within their daily instruction in order to produce highly effective and engaging lessons. The bottom line to remember is that it is ALL about instruction!
Failing is part of Learning!
Judi Bell-Assistant Superintendent (Curriculum/Instruction)
Gary Micinski-Associate Superintendnet (Finance)
Jason Cochran-Decatur High School Principal
Dwayne Tamplen-Junior High Principal
Stephanie Qaurles-Carson Elementary Principal
Troy Bagwell-Technology Director
Future Ready and Instructional Coaches