Title I What's Happening...
One School, One Book Program!
Princeton Middle School revealed their book for the One School, One Book Program! All faculty, staff, students and arents will begin reading the book Mockingbird, by Kathryn Erskine. (2010) Students will participate in discussions and role playing activities in all core classes as well as related art classes. By reading a book together Princeton Middle School is "building and expanding a sense of community among students, parents, teachers, staff - and beyond."
Title One Staff assist with the One Book One School Program at Princeton Middle.
Title One Second Saturday
Amy Heldreth, BMS teacher shared ideas for Strategy-Based Lessons with teachers in grades 3-6.al Student Motivation and Instruction Differentiation provided inspiration for the implementation of this teaching model. Teachers walked through the development of such lessons and examined the possibilities for student products. Strategy-based lesson planning proved to be beneficial to reading comprehension growth, writing expansion, and vocabulary advancement.
Kathy Hawks Professional Development
Mercer County Educators Pre-K to 5 were treated Saturday to a presentation by Concord University’s Dr. Kathy Hawks. She offered sessions for teachers on strategies and games for effective reading instruction. Dr. Hawks is a dynamic presenter with a wealth of knowledge. She spoke about teaching students to not only read, but teach them to have a love for reading. She shared numerous activities and instructional strategies that can be utilized during both whole group and small group instruction. Not only did she model the activities, but teachers were able to take away activities and supplies to use in their classrooms. It was a wonderful opportunity for educators to share, swap ideas, and have a few laughs watching colleagues act out skits.
On December 10, 2016, Rhonda Rogers and Dr. Ashley Vaughn presented “Thinkin’ Outside of the Box: Creatively Engaging Students in the Classroom”. Those in attendance were engaged in the discussion of what creativity looks like, sounds like, and feels like in the classroom. Project-based learning components were reviewed, and Rhonda provided participants with a number of valuable resources. Ashley urged teachers to think about why creativity is needed in today’s world, with our ever-changing global economy. She presented the ODIP Method (Observe, Describe, Interpret, Prove) used by the Columbus Museum of Art to foster higher level thinking in the classroom. The day ended with the “Marshmallow Challenge”, where participants competed to build the tallest free-standing structure using marshmallows, uncooked spaghetti, masking tape, and string. Rhonda and Ashley encouraged teachers to think how these fun activities served a purpose and created a lasting imprint of content being explored.
Mercer County teachers Brenda Thompson and Weena Aboulhosn presented "The Daily Five" to a group of nearly thirty elementary teachers and principals as part of Title One's Second Saturday Series.
The Daily Five is a literacy structure that provides consistency and allows for differentiation by the classroom teacher while enhancing young readers' stamina and independence.
The outcome is a classroom where students have a substantial amount of time daily to practice their craft as independent readers and writers.
Eureka Math Training
Mercer County K-5 teachers and principals were afforded the opportunity to attend Eureka Math training Aug.20-22. Eureka Math connects math to the real world in ways that take the fear out of mathematics while building student confidence.
The team of teachers and administrators that attended the Eureka Math training observed mathematics in a logical progression from K through Grade 5. This coherent approach allows teachers to know what incoming students have learned and ensures that students are prepared for what comes next.
Eureka Math serves teachers and administrators with a comprehensive suite of innovative curriculum, in-depth professional development, books, and support materials for everyone involved.
The focus for grades K-2 was Addition and Subtraction, where all teachers received a participant’s handbook and worked through multiple problems on a higher level of understanding to “Reflect. Share. Segue.”
The focus for Grades 3-5 was Understanding the Major Work of the Grade Band 3-5. The teachers did numerous problem sets independently and “Reflect. Share. Segue.”
How do Mercer County teachers spend their summers…
Sling shots, rubber chickens, shredding paper, paper clips, lady bugs and pipe cleaners to name just a few items at their fingertips. Put all of this together and you have one of the exceptional summer hands on and engaging Science Training which included Math, Reading, Writing all while having fun, a wonderful way for our teachers to get ready for the new NXT Gen Science Standards.