About Me

I am Patricia Whitfield Madison from Tulsa, Oklahoma by way of Fort Smith, Arkansas. I am in my 20+ years of education. I started as a paraeducator in a demonstration school. Several components of the school were deregulated by the state in order to construct a different model for teaching and learning. I taught everything from reading and math to art and science during the 11 years that I was at the school. During that time, I also went back to school and obtained a Bachelor's in Education. At graduation, I was hired as a fifth-grade teacher and was at that school for nine years. Currently, I am serving as an Instructional Technology Coach in my school district. This position allows me to provide embedded professional development for the teachers in my assigned buildings.

In 2006, I began the journey to National Board Certification. After an intensive year of teacher reflection and assessments, I was fortunate to pass and receive National Board Certification in the first year of a three-year process. I must say that this has been the most rewarding professional development that I have participated in. I am currently looking forward to the renewal process for NBCT.

In 2015, I received my Master's degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education.

In 2005 and 2006 I was nominated for the prestigious honor of Teacher of the Year at my school. I also received the honor of being "The Best of the Best" honoree sponsored by Tulsa Community College


Putting the "Pro" into Professional Portfoilios  Tulsa, Oklahoma 2016

Putting the "Pro" into Professional Portfolios  Tulsa, Oklahoma 2015

SenseSational Science: Technology Integration Tulsa, Oklahoma 2011- Present

Oklahoma Technology Conference Oklahoma City, OK February 10-2010

Para teachers: Pathways to Teaching presentation  Washington D.C. 1999

PT3 (Preparing Teachers for Tomorrow's Technology) Washington DC 2002

Dale Chupp's Dairy Farm

Sensational Science

During the school year of 2007-2008, I applied for and was accepted into a unique professional development science workshop. The workshop lasted for two weeks and involved not only hands-on activities with direct applications to the classroom there were lots of field work. This professional development opportunity was truly on of the best opportunities to learn that I have experienced. You know a workshop is good when you each day saying "I can't wait to see what is planned for tomorrow".
I was invited back to participate in the workshop as a 2nd and a 3rd-year participant. This year I have been asked to participate as a presenter to the new workshop participants.

My three teaching truths:
These three things I believe are critical to the development of an individual who will grow up to be a keeper of the future.

Critical Thinking: I spend a lot of time teaching the art of critical thinking to the students in my classroom. Critical thinking skills allow students to be skeptical and open-minded. Critical thinker’s value fair-mindedness, they respect evidence and reasoning. They are able to understand perspective or different points of view and know how to change positions or reach a consensus when it is reasonable to do so. An very important part of teaching critical thinking is metacognition. Metacongition is thinking about one's own thinking. More specifically, "metacognition is being aware of one's thinking as one performs specific tasks and then using this awareness to control what one is doing" (Jones & Ratcliff, 1993).

Cooperative Learning: On the same note cooperative learning skills are essential. Cooperative learning not only produces greater student achievement than traditional learning (Slavin, 1984) it prepares my students for the world they will be entering as adults. Companies are finding it more beneficial and profitable for them to combine the knowledge and manpower of a team to accomplish a work goal. Teams of people working together are able to accomplish more than individuals working alone.

Responsible Citizenship: Burmaster (2003) said that service-learning is especially relevant as a methodology for teaching citizenship education. It is important for students to learn and understand what their responsibilities as citizens in a democratic society are. My job as a teacher is to work with parents to help strengthen the desire and capacity of students to perform civic obligations.


Burmaster, E. (2003, August). A democracy at risk: Engaging students as citizens. Citizenship Matters, Education Commission of the States. Retrieved April 23, 2011, from www.ecs.org/clearinghouse/ 46/74/4674.doc

Jones, E. A. & Ratcliff, G. (1993). Critical thinking skills for college students. National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, University Park, PA. (Eric Document Reproduction Services No. ED 358 772)

Slavin, R. E. (1984). Team assisted individualization: Cooperative learning and individualized instruction in the mainstreamed classroom. Remedial and Special Education, 5, 33-42.