Concourse D – Breakout Segment B
Presenter 1: Nikki Farler
Taking Sensory Mainstream
My project, will address the problem of addressing student’s sensory needs in co-teaching environments to lessen time away from instruction. This problem limits the potential growth for these students. Having sensory tool boxes and a calm independent reading space will allow them to grow while also becoming more independent by choosing the sensory input the student needs. To fully implement this it would take a month to organize the reading space and allow the students to compile the kits. When evaluating the success of this project we can look at behavioral tracking of the time out of the classroom and times of being overwhelmed. Once these students are given the tools to “Take Sensory Mainstream” their growth potential and independence will flourish.
Presenter 2: Tracie Davis
Reading Round Up
Today’s world is changing. According to keynote speaker Allison Gregory at the Kentucky Go Digital Training, “You can’t teach cell phone kids using land line strategies.” As educators, we must embrace this change and adapt to teaching 21st Century skills for all age students. No longer do students sit in rows and work with paper and pencil. These students are millennials – digital natives, keen to work in collaboration with others. At home, they are likely to be equipped with computers, internet access, lpads, and smart phones. I want to embrace these 21st Century skills in my classroom through Literature Circles.
Presenter 3: Andrea Rowland
Phonics instruction has taken the back seat in second grade instruction due to such a strong comprehension focus. It is my goal that through quick daily exposure/review of all grade level phonics in combination with the traditional weekly skill instruction and the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum, that I will be able to close gaps in student literacy. It is my goal to boost student reading levels and phonics mastery. My goal is to prevent the loss of students’ phonics skills while boosting students’ exposure to new skills.
Presenter 4: Robin Hyden
Building Engineers: Brick By Brick
Elementary students often have a wonderful sense of curiosity and inquisitiveness that naturally leads them into exploring and learning. It is during the elementary years that this is often sadly lost. Today’s elementary students are not exposed to STEM due to teacher anxiety of implementation into the classroom or lack of adequate resources. That is why STEM in elementary is so important. The greatest gift we can give students during the elementary years is a driving curiosity, a belief in their abilities, a thirst for knowledge, and a passion to grow. With these skills in their toolbox, they will be equipped to tackle the challenges of higher education and the real world. No matter where their life journey takes them. My goal is to use a product they are already familiar with to foster their curiosity for engineering while constructing Milo the Robot from Legos. They will also learn new coding skills that will increase, engage and apply concepts in a deeper, more thorough way, leading to a greater understanding of the concepts.
Presenter 5: Paintsville Elementary ACT Team
Activating Catalytic Transformation
Paintsville Elementary will be pr wanting their problem of practice. Systematic, Evidence-Based Problem of Practice Based on data gathered through a variety of sources it has been recognized that the overall writing needs of our students are not being successfully addressed. As a result our students are not able to express themselves through writing adequately. This is preventing the students from communicating their thoughts effectively through writing. Theory of Action Linking Statement We will intentionally focus on professional learning opportunities and the acquisition of writing resources in order for our teachers to gain better proficiency and comfort in teaching writing so that our students will benefit from more research based writing strategies.
Presenter 6: Brendan Bush & Braedon French
Wolfe County High School Student Senate Plan
Presenter 7: Virginia (Jenny) Mead
Thinking, Innovating and Designing in 2nd Grade
Thinking, Innovating, and Designing in 2nd Grade My problem of practice is how to effectively improve the confidence and ability of primary education students in STEM education. It is estimated that in the next five years, major American companies will need to add nearly 1.6 million STEM-skilled employees (Business Roundtable & Change the Equation, 2014). Labor market data also show that the set of core cognitive knowledge, skills, and abilities that are associated with a STEM education are now in demand not only in traditional STEM occupations, but in nearly all job sectors and types of positions (Carnevale, Smith, & Melton, 2011; Rothwell, 2013).
Presenter 8: Andrus Sizemore & Misty Noble
Our plan is to create a DIY sensory learning wall within our SPED and SLP classroom. This learning wall will provide students with a variety of sensory integration experiences. This sensory wall will expose our students to a variety of textures and surfaces to improve fine motor skills, coordination, attention span, reaction to touch, balance, and tracking. In addition to the wall we plan to provide a relaxing, calming environment for when our students have sensory overloads that result in meltdowns. We plan to use: crash pad, pod swing, and light filters to engage students in safe, stimuli seeking behaviors when they can not handle the regular class environment. This will provide them with a place to deescalate in order to return to the classroom and focus on learning tasks.