LOCKHART — Union County School teachers are off to a great new year of learning! Teachers and administrators throughout the district attended a “Read to Succeed” Conference at Lockhart Schools on Monday, January 4. This day of training began with Dr. Lee Hurren, Dean of the School of Education, USC-Upstate, presenting an opening session on how humor used effectively in the classroom, creates an engaging atmosphere for students.
Great teachers are life-long learners who want to be better at their craft. It is Union County Schools’ mission to provide ongoing, meaningful training for all teachers. Exit slips are reviewed after each conference and this data provides ideas for the next conference. The following is a description of the workshops offered during the course of the day:
• K-2 Reading and Writing (Jeff Lefko)
Choose this session to learn about reading and writing for K-2 students from author, Jeffrey J. Lefko. Jeff has combined a professional healthcare management career with an avocation for writing children’s stories. His books include Morrie & Dorothy, Solomon Squirrel’s Amazing Chanukah Adventure, and Solomon Squirrel’s Amazing Washington, D.C. Adventure.
• Traditional Writing vs. Twenty-First Century Technology (Randy Ivey)
This is your chance to interact with one of Union most distinguished authors and well-loved professors. Come and be deeply challenged by Professor Ivey’s insights on traditional pen and pencil writing vs twenty-first century technology.
• Author Studies in K-1 (Corinna Gibbs)
Are you looking for some great ideas to meet the new literary standards and to invigorate your curriculum? You can get them here. Stop by and collect ideas for amazing author studies from two master teachers.
• Reading in Upper Elementary and Middle School (Sheri Levy)
Come meet Sheri Levy, author of Seven Days to Good-Bye. In a recent interview, Sheri said, “I grew up with a book always in my hand. While teaching, I longed for my students to become readers. I read aloud every day, leaving them begging for more, and eager to return the next morning. I believe my students’ love of reading inspired me to write my own stories.”
• Traveling Trunk (Celia Galens — Historical Columbia)
Focus Area: Civil Rights If you love history, if you teach history, if you want to grow in your knowledge of history, you must check out this session. It is designed for third, fifth, and eighth grade teachers and complements the inquiry standards. It focuses on significant achievements and actions accomplished by African-Americans throughout South Carolina. Activities include singing a Civil Rights era song, leadership development games, and learning about the South Carolina-based Briggs v. Elliott legal case.
• Literacy in Related Arts (Session 1) (Jill Hendrix)
“Help!” you cried. “Give me some ideas for integrating literacy into my area.” This session is tailored for you! Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction-Addiction in Greenville, will share children’s books that will support your specific area.
• A Book Talk for Media Specialists (Session 2) (Jill Hendrix)
You asked for it and now you have it….your own session. Jill Hendrix, bookstore owner and publisher, has a special book talk planned just for you!! You will enjoy hearing about new children’s books and getting ideas for additions to your library.
• Integrated Math and Science for K-2 (Jane Wilkes)
The ideas and practice of science and mathematics are so closely linked that it just makes sense to teach them together. Check out this session for practical lessons to implement in your classroom.
• Integrated Math and Science for 3-5 (Jane Wilkes)
Focus Area: Measurement This session is in response to a request from 3-5 math teachers. It will focus on concrete ways to help students create meaning as they explore the measurement standards, including this one from 4th grade: 4.MDA.5 Understand the relationship of an angle measurement to a circle.
• 4H STEM (Katie Rishebarger)
Returning to Union by special request, this session features an integration of hands-on science and includes disciplinary literacy. 4-H Science programs reach more than 5 million youth with hands-on learning experiences to ensure global competitiveness and prepare the next generation of science, engineering, and technology leaders. So come, do your students a huge favor, and check out this amazing session.
• Technology (Jay Childers and Tim Barnado)
Come and visit with two of Union’s leading technology experts. Jay and Tim have lots of tips that can help you manage your classroom smoothly and efficiently. Come and learn about One Drive, 365 Calendar, Learning Management System, Web Pages and School Manager
Teachers left the conference with ideas to enhance instruction in their classrooms. The excitement and enthusiasm of the returning teachers on this first day after the holiday break was refreshing. Many stated that they were ready to get back into their classrooms to see their students and to put some of the ideas into practice.
This story was submitted by the Union County School District.