Thursday, November 27, 2014

New Job

I have a new job: Instructional Technology Coach. I am way exited. Now I will get to concentrate on one of the things that I absolutely love and that is the integration of technology into the content areas.
The true definition of technology integration is when the teacher uses technology to introduce, reinforce, extend, enrich, assess, and remediate student mastery of curricular targets.
I am truly looking forward to helping teachers make technology an integral part of their classroom instruction..
I am also excited in that I will be able to devote more time to this blog. This is one of my loves that has been neglected for so long...
Please be looking for new and exciting blogs...
patricia whitfield madison

Monday, May 5, 2014

8 Components of SIOP Videos from Pearson

Component 1:Lesson Preparation

Component 2: Building Background

Component 3:Comprehensible Input

Component 4: Strategies

Component 5:Interaction

Component 6:Practice & Application

Component 7:Lesson Delivery

Component 8: Review & Assessment
More videos including these can be found on the Pearson Channel

patricia whitfield madison

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Sharpening the Saw

In 19 days this school year will be over...time for end-of-the-year reflections...according to Covey "sharpening the saw" is about balancing work and play...however for me "sharpening the saw" is about getting better at what I do.

This summer I will be doing two book studies...
The first book is Professional Capital  by Andy Hargreaves & Michael Fullan                  
Book Description:
Professional Capital is a book on school reforms, looking at how to change teaching and learning cultures along with how educational policies are implemented in the classroom and still align with the wishes of all stakeholders politicians, school leaders,, students, and parents).

I have had a quick overview of the book and I am looking forward to the in depth study of this book.

The second book Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov

Book Description:
Teach Like a Champion offers effective teaching techniques to help teachers, especially those in their first few years, become champions in the classroom. These powerful techniques are concrete, specific, and are easy to put into action the very next day. Training activities at the end of each chapter help the reader further their understanding through reflection and application of the ideas to their own practice.

I am reading this book because teachers are being strongly encouraged to use the techniques in this book...I personally do not agree with all of the techniques and I really believe that teachers need to be trained in cultural diversity and mastery teaching BEFORE they try to use ANY of these techniques...however I am doing the book study to make sure that I do not have unfounded biases...

I am also going to reread Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kid's Brains and What Schools Can Do About It.

Book Description:
In Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do About It, veteran educator and brain expert Eric Jensen takes an unflinching look at how poverty hurts children, families, and communities across the United States and demonstrates how schools can improve the academic achievement and life readiness of economically disadvantaged students.

I like the fact that Jensen gives us hope that ALL children can experience emotional, social, and academic success because of the brain's ability to adapt from experience.  We can provide positive experiences that can override the stressors of being "poor".

(Book Descriptions are from
patricia whitfield madison

Friday, January 3, 2014

Starting @ The End

I just finished a series on Backwards Design at one of my schools...when I was in the classroom I always designed my lessons around the fact I got in trouble for not using the teacher's editions enough to plan my instruction...I would modify the test so that the students actually got tested on what I had taught...Here is a summary of what I presented:

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Start the New Year Off Right

In two weeks students will be back in holiday letdown will be is time to think about where you want your class to go...think about priorities and what is left to accomplish before the end of the school year

Procedures and Classroom Climate:
I know for me, I was always reflecting on the climate of the classroom...what was working what wasn't...over the holidays I always took a few days to thoughtfully plan out the first week back...

It is time to seriously connect with the parents of students that you may be thinking of my state parents must be notified by the 2nd report card that there is a possibility...I started the year with making phone calls to set up conferences with this parents to really talk about ways that retention could be avoided...this year a state law for the retention of students
I developed a re-entry schedule that focused on review
patricia whitfield madison