We are here at ESC ready and excited for our Teacher Academy!! Who is joining us?
Our emcee Jim Connell kept the day moving. He helped welcome everyone, set up the ice breaker and helped do announcements during the day! Thanks Jim! #wereadhere
The day started with an icebreaker where all the teachers got to mingle and get to know each other a little better.
Icebreaker to get to know fellow teachers at our Teacher Academy! #wereadhere
Our Executive Director, Bob Paponetti, welcomed all the teachers to the Teacher Academy!
Our Executive Director Bob Paponetti started the day off by welcoming everyone to our 5th annual Teacher Academy. #wereadhere
The day started out with four different break out sessions.
Phonics Fun was presented by Samantha Schaefer a Kindergarten teacher from Berea School District. The session covered how phonics and word recognition are presented in Kindergarten.
The second session was called Integrating Technology with Math: A 21st Century Classroom. It was presented by Claire McKeon and Sarah Eppler of Fairview Park City schools who are Special Education and 1st Grade Teachers. The session focused on how to facilitate centers and incorporate technology in the classroom.
Claire McKeon and Sarah Eppler of Fairview Park did a great presentation on “Integrating Technology with Math: A 21st Century Classroom”. Here they are showing the app Chatter Pix. #wereadhere
Angelo Bertolone, Wendi Cichocki and Matt Luginbill of Cuyahoga Heights did a fantastic presentation on using popular songs to create engaging lessons. Here are some attendees singing the songs they wrote #wereadhere
The fourth session was Book Flix and Early World of Learning: INFOhio Resources to Support Early Literacy presented by Laurie Switzer, WVIZ/PBS Ideastream, Professional Learning Coordinator. It introduced educators to free digital resources that can be integrated into instruction in the classroom or accessed at home.
Breakout time 2 included Artsy Arithmetic with Debby Rinella and April Jones, 2nd Grade Teachers from Bedford City Schools. This session shared how teachers can work together to build a community of learners through cross-curricular collaboration.
Another session was The Engaging Differentiated Mathematics Classroom presented by Elizabeth Bruce, a 2nd grade teacher from Cleveland Heights- University Heights. It provided ideas for the development of data driven engaging math instruction.
The third session was another presentation by Laurie Switzer of WVIZ/PBS Ideastream called PBS Learning Media and Ready to Learn. It explained the free access to early literacy digital media that can be integrated into classroom instruction.
Laurie Switzer of WVIZ/PBS Ideastream showing teachers how best to use PBS lab for educators and ready to learn resources. #wereadhere
After lunch there were two more breakout sessions. The first grouping of sessions included Geometry, It’s All About the Shapes! It was presented by Jamie Palcisko, a 2nd grade from Berea City Schools. The session taught a variety of hands-on and interactive activities for exploring the concepts of geometric shapes with young students.
Jamie Palcisko of Berea schools did a presentation on Geometry. Here she is showing how to make shape books. #wereadhere
One of the other sessions was Rubrics and Post-its and Charts…Oh my! Strategies for Self-monitoring Student Progress. It was presented by Becky Corr a Kindergarten Teacher from South Euclid-Lyndhurst. The session taught how students lean to set goals by making charts using pictures to understand the “I can…,” statement.
Becky Corr from South Euclid-Lyndhurst did a presentation on Rubrics, Post-it’s and Charts! #wereadhere
Kathy Sisson and Abby Gleason of Lakewood City Schools presented on Effective Use of iPads in the Classroom! They presented on productive apps to make learning and teaching more effective and motivating in the classroom.
Kathy Sisson and Abby Gleason of Lakewood Schools showed some great apps to use in the classroom!!
There was also a presentation called Math Games and More! which was presented by Michelle Ita and Melissa Toppings, 1st grade teachers from Maple Heights school district. They taught a few games that help students build number sense and place value knowledge.
Michelle Ita and Melissa Toppings of Maple Heights talked about great math games!
Breakout session four had three more presentations in which to end the day with. Raquel White, an Instructional Coach from Cleveland Metropolitan School District, presented on Class Dojo. She showed how to use this classroom management app to encourage students in class and communicate with parents.
Amy Rosenbaum and Kristi Shultheis of Euclid City Schools presented on Flexible Grouping: Meet them where they are! During the session they shared their model for flexible grouping in their classrooms.
Amy Rosenbaum and Kristi Shultheis of Euclid Schools talked about Flexible Grouping! #wereadhere
One of the last sessions of the day was another session given by Michelle Ita and Melissa Toppings. This session was called, Math Routines your students will LOVE! It taught routines to help students build their number sense and place value knowledge in the primary grades.
One of the things that makes the Teacher Academy so great is the our fantastic presenters. Thank you
Thanks to Angelo Bertolone, Wendi Cichocki, Matthew Luginbill from Cuyahoga Heights for presenting on using songs! pic.twitter.com/6JqAVLf8IK
Thanks to Michelle Ita & Melissa Toppings from Maple Heights for presenting on Math games and routines! pic.twitter.com/GKSKNE1Bek
And also Thank You to Laurie Switzer from WVIZ/PBS Ideastream for her presentations on Book Flix and PBS Learning Media!
We want to thank all the teachers and administrators who came and participated in the Teacher Academy. We hope you had fun and learned many new things to take back to your classrooms!