Visits reveal great teaching and skills
I’ve had the pleasure this school year to visit a number of classrooms throughout the District. Regardless of the grade level of the classrooms I enter, I am always impressed by the wonderful teaching that I observe and experience throughout the various grades. I see teachers who are experts at engaging students in meaningful Common Core Standards based lessons. It’s invigorating to see students respond to these lessons at levels that push their critical thinking skills to new heights.
What is most exciting is to see our teachers utilizing instructional technology with tools that were not available to the teaching profession when I started my first job as a teacher way back in l978. Yes, that’s right, I said it, 1978! Many of you reading this message were youngsters back in those days or not even born yet!
Speaking of technology and its availability in today’s classroom, it is so different than when I was a young teacher back in the day. High tech then was an IBM Selectric typewriter, a TRS-80 computer from Radio Shack, a 16 millimeter film projector, a film strip projector, or a Kodak Carousel slide projector. Thank goodness we have come so far since those days when I first started as a teacher.
I applaud all teachers who have courageously incorporated technology into the classroom. I enjoy observing our teachers utilizing their computers, Elmo projectors, and computer technology in the classroom.
As we hopefully say farewell to the economic recession, I look forward to the District responding to the needs expressed by our teachers for more and better technology in our classrooms. District administrators have been working closely with teachers at all of our school sites to receive input to help guide the decision making process. We want these tools to be available to you as we prepare for the Smarter Balance Assessments and the Common Core Based Standards.
I want to thank you for your diligent effort to ease the transition to new rigorous standards and to a new and challenging assessment system. I appreciate the warm welcome that you extend to me and other visitors whom you welcome into your classrooms to observe your expert teaching which produces higher levels of learning for the benefit of all of our students.