Making Learning Visible: "Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men"
I read the book, “Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men” by Dr. Leonard Sax. Being a counselor I work with a lot of students who are struggling in some capacity. Considering Tier 2 supports we have, the majority of the students I work with are boys. I wanted to research more about what factors are affecting boys and what new approaches may be useful. One of the chapters of “Boys Adrift”, focusing on the effects of violent video games on boys. The amount of anti-social aggression boys are viewing can impact their ability to succeed at school and interact with others. I put together a Google Slide that I used as my fourth and fifth grade counselor lesson. I thought it would be a good learning opportunity to share with kids the effects of violent video games and what impact it can have.
Becca Mason | Lewis Elementary | School Counselor
I am using the information I obtained through the Pathways training. The whole group instruction and activities have helped my kiddos to understand letters, sounds, segmenting and writing words, and being able to stretch sounds. Also, Vowel Hill has helped the kindergartners to understand the difference between a vowel and a consonant and to know why vowels are important. We do each of these activities each day: Bubble Gum Stretch, ABC Point and Sing, Segment and Write, and Head, Shoulder’s, Hips and Clap. When we do individual activities, I observe the children using these strategies to help them figure out letter sounds and they begin reading words! They get so excited and it is amazing to watch their growth. Pathways has definitely helped me teach letters, sounds, and reading strategies more effectively!
Kristen Verdi | Lewis Elementary | Kindergarten Teacher
My flex day was one day of the pathways training during the summer. Terri Clinefelter was the presenter and gave us an in depth explanation of all the components of the pathways curriculum. I felt that this training was so beneficial because it really showed me exactly how the program is to be implemented in the classroom and gave me an opportunity to have any of my questions answered. I absolutely love this program because it gives the kids a "rhyme and reason" for some of the rules of spelling and reading. It really seems to help the kids and has skyrocketed their reading from years past. I am so happy that I got to use such an awesome training for my flex day. And my kids love it too, as you can see from the video.
Mollie Porter | Lewis Elementary | 1st Grade Teacher
Leslie Leonhard | Lewis Elementary and Early Childhood Center | Process Coordinator
For my flex day I research and implemented Guided Math into my classroom. With incorporating Guided Math my team did a book study on Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics Instruction. This book helped with guide me in a direction that would help me differentiate my instruction during my math block. I researched on social media websites during the planning stage of the workshop, I collaborated with other educators worldwide and building upon their ideas and experiences. I will be collaborated with my grade level team and horizontal teams to develop the best practices in implementing math workshop during our team meetings and PLC times throughout the year. I also collaborated with educators worldwide through the creation of my Pinterest board where there are tons of resources to use during my Guided Math.
Alex Malaponti | Lewis Elementary | 1st Grade Teacher
I went to Ed camp KC for my flex day. I went to several great sessions that really helped me in implementing technology into my classroom. I learned more about kids blog and setting up a class to share with other classes and parents. I also learned about See Saw which I use quite a bit for students to share their work with each other and their parents. I feel this helped the parents to see a connection between the work that is going on I class and discussions at home. also was able to learn more on close reading and implement some of the strategies within my classroom. I was able to see growth in my students reading scores after implementing the close reading strategies. I also tweeted information about Ed Camp KC with other educators and connect with them to share ideas for the future.
Kim Kimbrough | Lewis Elementary | 3rd Grade Teacher
As a teacher who has taught in very two different environments in my first two years of teaching I have always been very interested in how more experienced educators have reached their students successfully no matter what their life outside of school is like. In my quest, I have come upon a book titled “ The Leader in Me” written by a group of authors; Stephen R. Covey, Sean Covey, Muriel Summers, and David K. Hatch. Within this book are numerous strategies that teachers have used successfully in real life classrooms across the country.
From the numerous strategies that this book had to offer I chose to focus on one that allows the teacher to teach the required curriculum in a way that each class is unique and each student feels focused on. In doing this the books gives advice on how to get students who are typically disengaged in certain activities to feel comfortable and entertained in similar activities that teach the same skill and abilities.
Recently I have started teaching basketball, and while this particular unit isn't exactly pulling teeth to get the students involved, there are some students who aren't as interested. In the past I would just talk to these students and try to get them motivated but since reading this book I have discovered ways to help them gain confidence, one of the most successful skills I have used thus far has been playing with them and showing them that I make mistakes as well. In shooting if I see a student struggling making a shot I come over to help and miss multiple times before I make it, to show them the power of persistence. As I continue to grow as a teacher I plan on perfecting some of the skills I've learned from this book and others like it, along with developing my own unique skills that allow me to make strong connections with the students as the learn what is required and needed while still remaining completely engaged in what they are doing.
John Anderson | Lewis Elementary | Physical Education
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