Ballroom A – Segment C
Presenter 1: Shelia Meade
Show Me A Story: Puppets in the Library
Elementary students will write and perform puppet plays in the library. The grant will provide for a portable two-tier puppet stage, several scenic backdrops and a variety of hand puppets to be used during the performances.
Presenter 2: Teresa Miller
Curriculum That Makes Learning Fun!
My students learn in a variety of ways. Many are visual and auditory learners so they need engaging and interactive lessons that will help them learn. I will be implementing starfall.com website and scholastic news. I have also asked for 5 chrome book tablets.
Presenter 3: Casey Salyers
Multi-Sensory Learning through the Senses
Many kindergarten students are finishing their first year of school without mastery of the necessary foundational skills for a successful school career. In order to ensure that kindergarten students are successfully reaching mastery, I will implement multi-sensory approaches to learning. Multi-sensory learning involves activating different parts of the brain by utilizing multiple modalities that involve the senses. Students will hear and see as well as manipulate what they are learning through the sense of touch. For example, students will practice reading a word by stretching it out phonetically using finger taps and spelling it by moving individual letter tiles then they will blend the sounds together out loud and read the word while listening to their sound phone.
Presenter 4: Martina Lutz
Music, Movement and Manipulatives… Oh my!!!
Currently, music education is not considered a core part of the curriculum. Therefore, students only receive music instruction once or twice a week for 30-45 minutes across the state. Generally speaking, students and fellow educators often view this class as a “break” or “unimportant”. I want to get students, for the short amount of time they have in class, more fully engaged. I want them to see that there is more to music than just singing and playing instruments. I want them to learn in different ways than just rote memorization, I plan to get them Up and Moving!
Presenter 5: Frankie Puckett
Apples to Chrome Learning
Technology in the classroom is an extremely powerful tool for students! I want to know if technology will improve efforts and scores for students to communicate in small and large group settings using various technology. Notebooks will be used in a co-teaching classroom of general education and special education students. They will be engaging for them especially for writing, which is historically difficult for our students with special needs. We will use iPads and tablets during independent work centers for the children to practice math, reading, writing skills as well as to help facilitate virtual field trips. The children also will be able to view academic videos, take pictures to use with several academic apps, and use our handwriting apps such as Handwriting Without Tears.
Presenter 6: Oakview Elementary ACT Team
Presenter 7: Melissa Davis, Tammy Kelly, Amanda Adams, Marilyn Mullins, Janette Daniels & Maleesa Clark
Readers Become Leaders
In Elementary School, especially kindergarten and first grade, many schools use the Renaissance program. The Accelerated Reader (AR) program through Renaissance has a leveling system for books from kindergarten through the 12th grade. These books typically use a Lexile measure which means the words are counted and measured by how many words are in the book. However, the books that are typically leveled as kindergarten and first grade may sometimes be too difficult for beginning or struggling readers. Many of these books are not phonetically based, so some students will not be able to take an accelerated reader test on a phonics book that they have practiced for homework, or unable to test on the phonics skill they have been learning in class.