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 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
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.