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Board of Ed Meeting 3/8/12

PERTH AMBOY – Several Educators presented their views on different programs that were initiated by Superintendent Dr. Janine Caffrey. Miss Freeman of the Patten School praised Quantum Learning along with visual learning. She talked about how she had a student who was struggling in her third grade class and she used music to stimulate him. “I see Quantum Learning as a garden and it’s a tool that you can learn to teach them through visual stimulation. This is an inspiration to teachers.”

A Kindergarten teacher from the Wilentz School loved the common assessment program, “We sit in large groups and banter around different ideas to see which ones are the best.

Gisella Vigil a teacher from the Shull School loved the Atlas Curriculum Mapping program which deals with language arts, social studies, science and math. “This provides teachers with what their colleagues are working on throughout the whole school district. It also forces me to do research on my own.”

Janet Reeve who is a 7th and 8th grade language arts teacher discussed the Instructional Rounds. “This program helped educate leaders and practitioners to develop a shared understanding of what high quality instruction looks like. Teachers visit each other’s classrooms to see if there is a learning tool that they can use to help with a student they may be struggling with.”

One of the last presenters to speak was Eddie Vasquez. “Personally by observing another teacher who teaches the same course that I do I was able to use her methods to help students in my class. At first students were uncomfortable at being observed, but they soon got used to it.”

The presentations were followed by a slide show, showing classrooms where the teachers, students interacted with one another.

 

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