Whole School Initiatives

leadlearnI love teaching students, but I also really enjoy teaching teachers because in the end it will affect more students and ultimately enhance student learning. It is important to me to not only be a classroom teacher, but to contribute to the development of others and the well being of the school.

Carlin is an exemplary professional who loves to share knowledge of various aspects of teaching with others. She has been more than gracious when conducting TTT (Teachers Training Teachers) and has offered a lot of help to other teachers. Her availability is endless. Her understanding of the needs of the teachers and school are clear and she is solution oriented. She contributes to all facets of school operations in addition to staff development. Carlin also keeps abreast of educational issues and trends by reading and sharing articles with staff. Carlin is always thinking of the general well being of the school.

Francesca McNally, Principal EARJ-Macae  Macae, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Website

Carlin is an exemplary professional who loves to share knowledge of various aspects of teaching with others. She has been more than gracious when conducting TTT (Teachers Training Teachers) and has offered a lot of help to other teachers. Her availability is endless. Her understanding of the needs of the teachers and school are clear and she is solution oriented. She contributes to all facets of school operations in addition to staff development. Carlin also keeps abreast of educational issues and trends by reading and sharing articles with staff. Carlin is always thinking of the general well being of the school.

Francesca McNally, Principal EARJ-Macae  Macae, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Website

Here are some Whole School Initiatives I have implemented (click on the blue links for more information):

1. Teacher Websites

Class websites are not just for posting spelling words, course notes and homework… they have the potential to be much, much more! I implemented teacher websites at both schools where I worked and they are still being used today. I offered to do all of the training, monitoring and support in order to ensure websites were consistently updated and of equal quality across the school. Click the link above for more info.

2. Student Electronic Portfolios

Here is a sample below of an electronic portfolio created by one of my 6th grade students. I taught a workshop on how to create paper portfolios for the lower grades and also electronic portfolios for the upper grades. The most important part of a portfolio is that the student reflects on their learning. Click the link above for more info.

 

3. Hands-on Science

As Science Coordinator, I taught several workshops on teaching hands-on inquiry-based science. This is an example of a lesson that gets kids exploring outside of the classroom, collecting flowers, in order to investigate flower parts. I taught this as a teacher workshop at a teacher’s college and also at a private school conference as an elective workshop. Click the above link for more info. Below is the lesson plan.

SCIENCE Plan – Flowers

Digestive System (5th & 6th grade):

SMART Board  Activity (collaboration, technology, SMART Board)

using technology in science hands-on

Creation of a Life-size Model using recycled materials- (collaboration, Art, creativity)

shelly2shelly-working

Digestive System Writing - (Internet research, putting information in you own words, writing)

Student Writing Sample- Digestive System

Digestive System Collaborative Animation and PowerPoint Presentation (Animation, collaboration, technology, PowerPoint, editing, 5th and 6th graders)

small intestine

Digestive System Presentation

 

4. Writing

As Language Arts Coordinator, I taught several teacher workshops on writing. In addition, after the workshop, I went into teachers’ classrooms (Kindergarden to 4th grade) and taught the writing process to students while the class teacher observed, and then they taught while I observed in order to give them constructive feedback. Click the above link for more info. Below is the handout for a writing workshop for teachers.

Writing Workshop 

Also check out my READING page for great ideas to improve reading comprehension and fluency, especially for ELL students!

 

5. SMART Board Lessons

I enjoy teaching technology workshops to teachers. Here is a sample lesson using the SMART Board or Active Inspire Board to teach a Math Lesson:

Sample Math Lesson SMB

 

6. Using Google Docs

I use Google Docs for so many things. For example, to provide individualized feedback to students on their writing and also when students are working on collaborative writing scripts such as class plays.

 

7. English Language Learners, techniques & strategies:

In Brazil, 80% of all students were ELL and I taught a workshop for teachers on integrating specific ELL techniques and strategies for Language Arts, but these strategies can be used for all subjects.

 

8. Learning Objectives & Rubrics:

This is a teacher workshop on how to write learning objectives specific to the curriculum whether a PE teacher, Spanish teacher or classroom teacher. It also goes over the process of taking the the learning objective and creating a rubric with it based on specific, measurable criteria.

 

9. Standards-based Report Cards & Assessment Training

I taught staff how to go from a percentage/letter grade to standards-based grading. This included assessments, learning objectives and report card standards. Click the above link for more info.

 

10. Healthy Eating

I initiated a school-wide campaign for healthy eating habits. Click the link above for more info. and pictures of students.

 

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