Teachers Going Above and Beyond...
The PTO offered Arcadia teachers the opportunity to participate in a 2016 Summer Book Club. Five teachers (Mrs. Yeager, Ms. Falteisek, Ms. Tichio, Ms. McKee, and Ms. Waters) chose a New York Times Bestseller, The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark, and the PTO purchased a copy for each. The teachers read the book on their own time, met to discuss it, and are in the process of sharing their insights with the rest of the staff through the Titan Times. The books are now in Arcadia's library for other teachers.
Ms. Flateisek shared: We learned all kinds of things, but here are some of the bigger ideas we took away:
- Make a personal connection with each student. Love what your students love! Ask questions, and then follow up ("How did your event go last night?" etc.) Make eye contact with every student, every day.
- SHOW students how to study, don't just expect them to do it. Then find more ways to honor the students who achieve positive results.
- Teach students to present themselves with confidence. Being able to greet adults with confidence can take them a long way.
All of the teachers said to tell the PTO community THANK YOU for giving them this opportunity!
Dads Club and PTO Sponsored Google Summit Training funded attendance of (and sub days for) 10 teachers and two administrators for the 2016 Google Summit Training, a two-day Google Platform training for educators. The staff members who attended were:
Michelle Gans Admin
Keri Blaker Admin
Nissa Kubly Arts
Eric Luse CTE
Jason Lobdell Eng
Diane Waters FL
Shawn Huffman Lib
Rony Assali Math
Anna Patterson Math
Carol Ticchio Sci
Erica Mcclure Sci
Jon Martens Sci
Elizabeth Halverson SS
Chris Kelley SS
The idea behind the 20% project is to give students 20% of their class time to work on a project of their choosing. The project needs to solve a problem or help someone in some way. The goal is that students will choose something that they are so passionate about that the results will be exceptional.
After being inspired at a Google conference, a few of us teachers decided to take this idea into the classroom and challenge our students to create a project that they would learn from and be proud of in the end. This same concept is used by Google and brought us Google Mail. Our projects ranged in ideas and results but the common theme was that students learned a great deal about their topic and themselves. They turned out wonderfully and we decided to share some of them with the community. The students have voted on their favorites for everyone to enjoy.
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