Monday, December 14, 2015

Setting Goals and Living Life

I am at one of my schools waiting for a teachers plan. With these few minutes that I have... I got to thinking about my blog and how I can use it with the teachers that I have been working with...hence the title. It has always been a dream of mine to make this a blog that teachers read. So to make that happen, I need to make it a goal to write and publish at least one blog entry a week.

I have been working with a couple of teachers on literacy centers and tech integration. One strategy that I am trying is Interactive Notebooking. As I build the notebook I am also looking for ways to incorporate technology.
patricia whitfield madison

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Every Student Needs a Champion

I have watched this motivational talk by Rita Pierson over and over again. Here recently the message really resounded deep inside as I had to be reminded of the truths that she speaks in a very personal way. This talk rejuvenated my quest for not egual but equitable education for all students. I hope it inspires you as musch as it does me... patricia whitfield madison

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Teacher Effectiveness

"Teacher effectiveness is the cornerstone of a strong education"
--Patricia Whitfield Madison

An effective teacher demonstrates a caring attitude.
An effective teacher can relate to his or her students.
An effective teacher is willing to think outside the box.
An effective teacher is an excellent communicator.
An effective teacher is proactive rather than reactive.
An effective teacher strives to be better.
An effective teacher uses a variety of media in their lessons.
An effective teacher challenges their students.
An effective teacher understands the content that they teach and knows 
how to explain that content in a manner that their students understand.

http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/11-habits-effective-teacher
patricia whitfield madison

Teacher Discounts

http://www.giftcardgranny.com/blog/the-complete-list-of-66-teacher-discounts/

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Cultural Differences in the Classroom

How Cultural Differences May Affect Student Performance

Children in various cultures learn different rules for communicating with adults through facial expressions, body language and physical gestures. Learn how cultural differences can play out in the classroom....By Karen McGee, M.A




Saturday, January 10, 2015

Student Motivation



Surprisingly statistics show there are more engaged students than disengaged students.  The Gallup Student Poll shows that 63% students are engaged in school (Lopez, 2011).  As defined in the poll, engagement at school means that students feel their work is important and they get the opportunity to do what they do best.


Sunday, January 4, 2015