Speed Learning Sessions
Thursday, November 7
9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
So You Want to Be a Middle School Teacher (NOT!)
Though most pre-service teachers view themselves as future elementary or high school teachers, the reality is that almost one-third of teaching jobs will be in grades 5-8. Middle schools benefit from hiring teachers who value young adolescents and who are prepared to teach them. In this session, participants will share their own journeys into the middle level and consider factors that positively or negatively influence pre-service teachers' desire to teach at the middle level.
But, I am Just a Teacher
Examine even one ten-minute classroom time span and you will find a long list of skills and abilities that are used daily. Then, dig deeper and look at the before and after skills. How many of these skills are used / needed in the business community? Are my skills really that valuable in other work settings? Yes, you are much more than just a teacher!
Pro-active Problem Solving: Cultivating Teacher Dispositions to Increase Teacher Retention and Student Achievement
The cultivation and support of teacher dispositions is an important component of teacher education and K-12 schools. Discussions will focus on desired dispositions relating to effective ML teaching and long-term success of teachers and students. We will examine various approaches used to pro-actively address teacher dispositional issues and methods for evaluating and measuring dispositions. Participants are invited to share strategies for the promotion of these dispositions in their contexts.
Professional Learning Communities for Small School Environments
Aisha Lloyd-Williams, Andre DelValle
Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have long been a platform for educators to seek understanding, share ideas and practices, and work as a team to develop and grow. In this session, learn how to conduct a successful PLC structure in a small school environment that will allow educators to empower themselves towards real school and student success!
Founding Partnerships to Develop Online Middle Level Graduate Teacher Education Programs
Mary Kropiewnicki, Grace Cisek, Kathleen Provinzano, Grace Surdovel
This session will actively engage participants in an examination and discussion of a partnership program between university faculty and K-12 practitioners that resulted in the development of an online graduate level education program enabling teachers to become highly qualified to teach middle level academic content areas to early adolescent learners. Approaches to program design, delivery, and assessment will be reviewed, as will program assessment results to inform practice.
To the Mountains: Issues and Answers to Meet the Needs of Rural Appalachian Students
Rural Appalachia is a neglected area of the country in terms of resources, technology, and economics. This session will address some of these issues and how understanding Appalachian culture helps teachers better engage and instruct middle school students.
Building Professional Learning Communities to Facilitate CCSS-Mathematics
This session will describe how middle school mathematics teachers and professors at a local university worked together to establish professional learning community (PLC) in which they explore ideas more deeply, discuss student learning, and feel safe to communicate about areas which need improvement while studying the Common Core State Standards-Mathematics. The newly established community resulted in focus on student learning and reevaluating the role of the teacher.
Voices from the Field: What it means to use Cultural Proficiency
Rhonda Talford Knight
Learn and understand tools of Cultural Proficiency while engaging in crucial conversations about what it means to understand and use culture with young adolescents. Engage with a Cultural Proficiency practitioner as she discusses her journey and experiences with cultural understanding and its impact on her as a teacher educator, how her work has informed her practice, and the practice of inservice and preservice teachers.
Instructional Coaching: Extending Professional Development
Bruce Hayden, Melissa Hall
Join us and explore the many benefits of teacher/instructional coach collaboration. One-shot professional development programs often produce limited classroom change. Instructional coaching extends PD experience, improving the implementation effectiveness. Coaches provide instructional expertise, moral support, and meaningful feedback. Teachers develop a deeper understanding of PD initiatives, gain confidence in their application, and experience reflection as a professional growth strategy.
Here’s What Middle Level Students Think about Good Teaching
Linda Neiman, Linda L. Carpenter, Jennifer Fontanini
We surveyed middle school students to find out what are their thoughts about what good teaching is and what good teachers do. Their responses may surprise you and affirm what you already knew about effective teaching and student learning. Join us for discerning discussion about what middle level students are thinking about good teaching. Walk away with a sometimes humorous, always insightful look from the other side of teaching.