Monday, February 23, 2015

Amazing Experiences, Amazing Connections

If you have been reading this small, or tiny, blog you know that I spent last week at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT). I HAD A BLAST! This was by far once of the greatest experiences of my teaching career thus far (even though I missed a week of snow). The week was spent discussing benchmark data (mClass) and how we can use that data to really figure out what our students needs are. We also discussed best practices for using anchor charts in the classroom to enrich student experiences. While there, participates also had the opportunity to reflect on their current teaching practices and network with other teachers from across the state. Although it was quite windy and very chilly, we also had the chance to explore a few parts of Ocracoke Island. If you ever have the chance to do, I HIGHLY recommend it!

Here are a few pictures from the trip:
Beautiful Ocracoke Lighthouse
The Ocracoke Lighthouse is closed to the public, but as part of the NCCAT experience we were able to see the inside.
Sand Dunes
The NCCAT Building- this use to be a Coast Guard station and was remodeled

 Anchor chart to describe character's and how they change through the story.
Modeling how to use pieces of the anchor chart to create a written response for comprehension. 

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