Helllloooo Friday morning!
I was up and at 'em early this Friday morning to attend the 2nd Annual Partnership Conference for Educator Renewal at Winthrop University. Last year my school entered into a partnership with Winthrop as they restructured their internship program through the NetScope grant. Internships for seniors at Winthrop in the College of Ed will now be year long. I think this is a great move on their part and these teacher candidates will greatly benefit from it! They will get to see the same children in the same classroom from start to finish!
Since this is the first year of our partnership, this is the first opportunity I've had to attend this conference. I get to choose 4 sessions to attend after the General Session. The theme of the day is "Looking Back, Moving Forward."
And wow, what a GREAT day!! I got to learn about some new motivation tricks, action research, how I can better support a teacher candidate that will be interning in my classroom, working with students of poverty, and co-teaching.
Just to name a few.
The motivation session was all about remembering to celebrate the small stuff. Not every student is going to score an academic touchdown. We can and should cheer for just a catch!
I would love to attempt some action research with my new Math Out Of The Box kit. It's all still "in the box", literally, right now so I've got some work to do!
Co-Teaching is something I never really learned about in college, but am excited to try. The statistics for impact this model has on student achievement is astounding!
It's days like these that get me really excited to get back into my classroom!