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EEMLS Holds Focus on Teaching Retreat

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

On April 30, the Department of Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Grades, Literacy and Special Education (EEMLS) held an end-of-year retreat. At the event, department chair Kathy Fox and nine faculty members who attended the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) "Excellence in Teaching" conference in March, hosted a series of five workshops to share knowledge gained with other faculty members.

Fox, associate professor Tracy Hargrove and other faculty presenters used a flipped meeting format to introduce plans for the event. In a video, they outlined the day's agenda and provided an overview of each 30-minute workshop session. QR codes were used to enable participants to preview background material in advance.

Fox said the meeting was a great success, and the flipped format introduction allowed them to allocate all available time to the sharing of successful teaching strategies.

Eemls3Faculty presenters and topics were:

Alicia Brophy and Chuck Jurich, "Reflective Teaching Journals" - A session designed to learn, discuss and investigate how to use interactive reflective journals as a tool to improve teaching practices and improve student achievement.

Kathy Roney and Maggie Guggenheimer, "Adult Learners: Being Generational Savvy" - A session to share information learned at ASCD that in education, as many as four generations work side-by-side teaching, and to share strategies that assist in supervising, coaching, teaching and supporting adult learners of all generations.

Brian Brinkley and Tracy Hargrove, "Know Thy Learner, Know Thyself" - A look at principles that can be applied to your professional life in the classroom and your personal life so you can find the time to do the things that are most important.

Lisa Buchanan and Kathy Fox, "Flipping Your Classroom" - An overview of what flipped teaching is, how it is currently being used in public schools and how faculty can use it with adult learners in order to cover more content.

Crystalyn Schnorr and Amy Moody, "Apps and Websites" - An overview of tech tools that can be used to reach millennial learners and enhance instruction.