2010-2011 News Articles

Watauga Administrators
Fitness Program - July 6, 2010

Flower Pounding

Poetry For All Seasons

The Bookkeeper

Integrating Writing and Math Into
Content Areas

Reading First Academy - First Grade

Math A

Surface Design: Pyramid

Tessellations and Kaleidoscopes in Fabric: and Other Mathematical Quilts

Reading First Academy - Grades K-3

Informational Text Across the Content Areas in K-3 Classrooms

 Create an Elf with Charlie Patricolo

Inquiry Learning Through Observation and Drawing

NC Principal Evaluation Instrument Training

Weaving Across the Curriculum

21st Century Skills

Reading First Academy Follow-up

No Fear Fabric Collage

Nuclear Energy: What It Is and What It Is Not

Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners

I Know Johnny Can't Read, but What Can I Do?

Alphabetica: Thinking Creatively

Reading Skills in a Nut Poetry Shell

NC Teacher Evaluation Process Training

Basic Knitting with Embellishments

Folded Stars

Fabulous Five with a Focus on Fluency

Online Book Study: Teaching Reading in Social Studies, Science, and Math

Online Book Study: Teaching Reading in Middle School

Mentoring the Novice Teacher

Tickle Your Brain

Reading Informational Texts in Grades 4-8

Phonics/Word Study Boot Camp

Digging Into Non-fiction Texts

Inquiry Based Math

Hickory Administrators
Fitness Program

Essential Questions and Clear Learning Targets (K-12)

Multicultural Math

Principals' Advisory Committee

The Socratic Seminar Middle School Art Mania Foreign Language Can Be Fun
NC Teacher Evaluation Process Training (Summer 2011) Reading, Writing, and PE? Literacy Strategies for Movers and Shakers Empowering Young Readers with Word Study

Empowering Young Readers with Word Study

 
Sandy Cook, NC Press Foundation, presented to teachers, Grades 3-9 and  Curriculum Specialists on June 28, 2011. Ms. Cook demonstrated ways to assist students who struggle with vocabulary by applying effective word-building strategies to current news and information to build background knowledge and enhance comprehension.  Hands-on and make-and-take activities were conducted during this workshop and ranged in purpose and difficulty to include word recognition and grammar as well as word meaning.  

The presenter explained that the timelessness of text in print and online newspapers makes learning relevant and the use of graphic organizers and games (bingo, crossword, word sorts, jeopardy…) make learning challenging and engaging, showing that variety generates interest.   

Participants learned ways to teach terms that readers use to navigate news pages and identify different types and approaches to writing in print and online sources.  They also learned how to apply literary terms to news, and use comics, sports and other news to define traits and analyzeBack to top character.

 

Reading, Writing, and PE? Literacy Strategies for Movers and Shakers

 
Martha Lamb, Curriculum Specialist, Catawba County Schools and Kathy Keane, Assistant Principal, Claremont Elementary, Catawba County Schools, presented this exciting workshop to Physical Education Teachers, Grades K-12.   Quoting Cathy Buell, from the Journal of Physical Education, August 1, 2001" the presenters stressed "…content literacy in physical education means that students can use general literacy skills to acquire knowledge in a specific movement, sport, or fitness context.”    In this workshop, teachers  learned how to merge content literacy skills with physical education goals and objectives.  Numerous strategies for integrating literacy into physical education were demonstrated.  and participants engaged in many active exercises. Back to top
 

NC Teacher Evaluation Process Training 7.20-21

 
John Caldwell, NWRESA Consultant, and Teacher/Principal Evaluation Instrument Trainer, presented to administrators, teachers, (especially mentors) and all personnel involved with teacher observations, this two-day training as an in-depth study of the five standards including clinical observations (videos) using the evaluation rubric. The new instrument is to be implemented in all systems during 2010-2011 school year.  Full implementation to be completed by July 1, 2011.  Back to top  

Foreign Language Can Be Fun

 
Michaele Shugart, Foreign Language Department Chair and NBCT, Maiden High School, Catawba County Schools, presented to Foreign Language Teachers, Grades K-12, this informative workshop.

Participants in this workshop enjoyed a fun day of creating make-and-take games and activities to use in their Foreign Language classroom.  This training  centered more on Middle and High School, but elementary teachers were able to modify activities in order to make them work with their students.  Examples were given in Spanish, but any language was welcome to attend as the activities were easily adaptable to any language.

Activities included various types of easy to make card and board games, as well as, games to play at the board, in teams and with partners.  Most of the activities centered around vocabulary building and practice, verb conjugations, sentence building, and other grammatical topics.  

Teachers wishing to create activities specific to the text they taught, were encouraged to bring the text currently used in their classroom.  Ms. Shugart uses vocabulary from Realidades from Pearson/Prentice Hall in her examples.  Back to top

 

Middle School Art Mania

 
Penny Freeland, Art Teacher, Yadkin County Schools, an 18-year veteran art teacher, conducted a practical, fun-filled day with fellow art educators, inspiring participants with ideas and lessons galore.  Teachers were shown ways to build their instructional repertoire with hands-on activities that align with the NC SCOS, that encourage collaboration, and promotion of 21st century learning.Back to top  

The Socratic Seminar

 
Martha Lamb, Curriculum Specialist, Catawba County Schools, presented to classroom teachers, Grades 7-12, in all content areas, The Socratic Seminar. The Socratic Seminar is a time-tested strategy for teaching students to read closely, make inferences, and use text to support their opinions.  Since the time of Socrates, teachers have loved using this strategy to promote higher level thinking skills and to guide students to interpret rich texts.  Participants learned step-by-step methods for effectively developing and leading seminar discussions for your content area and grade level as well as strategies for using the seminar successfully with small or large class sizes. They also learned various means for evaluating student participation in the seminar.Back to top  

Online Book Study - Teaching Reading in Social Studies, Science & Math

 
Deanna K. Hanlin, NWRESA Education Consultant provided an opportunity for Middle Grades teachers in Middle Grades teachers in Social Studies, Science and Math to earn credits through an online class: a book study with a completely flexible schedule for each participant.  Teaching Reading in Social Studies, Science, and Math  by Laura Robb was used as the focus text. Participants were expected to purchase their own copy of the book and upon completion of all requirements, participants received a certificate for up to 10 contact hours (1 CEU in reading).Back to top  

Online Book Study - Teaching Reading in Middle School

 
Deanna K. Hanlin, NWRESA Education Consultant provided an opportunity for Middle Grades teachers in all subject areas to earn credits through an online class: a book study with a completely flexible schedule for each participant.  Teaching Reading in Middle School by Laura Robb was used as the focus text. Participants were expected to purchase their own copy of the book and upon completion of all requirements, participants received a certificate for up to 10 contact hours (1 CEU in reading). Back to top  

Phonics/Word Study Boot Camp

 
Cathy Marlow – NBCT, retired primary teacher with a masters degree in reading, a reading first instructor and an intervention tutor to 2nd thru 5th grade students with reading problems, presented this workshop to K-3 Teachers, Curriculum Specialists and upper grade teachers that work with interventions for struggling readers.  The workshop focused on phonemic awareness, phonics and automaticity (the foundation of fluency).  An intense look at understanding our alphabetic system and how teachers can make it more understandable to their students was introduced.  Cathy also shared her own activities, chants and songs, to take back into the classroom, ready for use.Back to top  

Reading Informational Texts in Grades 4-8

 
Instructors from the Cambium Learning Group/Voyager Learning Group. The sessions were provided by the Cambium/Voyager Learning Group, and have been developed specifically for North Carolina.  They incorporated some of the existing materials from this company but have been modified or revised so that the sessions address the national Common Core Standards as well as the principles of literacy included in the Gates Literacy Initiative.  Principals, Classroom Teachers, Literacy Coaches, Curriculum Specialists and Central Office Staff were invited and expected and willing to share this information with other 4-8 faculty within their schools. Summary of modifications from previous K-3 workshops were:

The session included background on reading before addressing reading comprehension, research from the National Institute for Health regarding content area teachers and adolescent readers, the Common Core, information on text complexity. The trainer also provided nine strategies participants could walk away with and begin using immediately, and the final portion of the sessions addressed student motivation.

As both national and North Carolina state standards continue to define and set high expectations for students, secondary classrooms must be equipped to provide instruction using a variety of texts across all content areas.  This session, developed specifically for NC teachers, focused on the use of informational text to teach not only reading and reading comprehension, but to also use the text to meet other content area standards.  Teachers learned to identify the patterns and features of text, increase text complexity, use EOG assessments and Lexile levels to gauge reading complexity, gauge achievement, evaluate existing programs, and practice strategies to take back to the classroom.  The Common Core and North Carolina State Standards provide the framework for this course.  To wrap up learning, teachers created an integrated lesson, applied it to classroom practice and reported on the delivery.  Best Practices and successful lesson plans that meet specific rubric criteria were shared through the Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort (ACRE) website.  Back to top

 

Tickle Your Brain

 
Lora Drum, Title I/ESL/Language Arts Curriculum Specialist, Catawba County Schools and Alycen Wilson, Math Curriculum Specialist, Catawba County Schools, joined to assist K-5 Teachers, Curriculum Specialists  in exploring ways to utilize brain-based research strategies used to keep students engaged and  learning enhanced.  Ideas and activities were shared in reading and math to help students transfer learning into long-term memory.  Back to top
 

Principals' Advisory Council - March 23, 2011

 
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Guest speaker Angela Quick, Deputy Chief Academic Officer, NC Department of Public Instruction

 
 

Essential Questions and Clear Learning Targets (K-12)

 

Heather Mullins and Jennifer Griffin, Curriculum Specialists for Hickory Public Schools, presented Essential Questions and Clear Learning Targets (K-12) on March 24 to a large number of Northwest NC teachers. Citing Wiggins (2007) as defining an essential question as, “…important, vital, at the heart of the matter-the essence of the issue," they stressed that  overarching essential questions require students to use prior knowledge, new information and individual research/experiences to formulate a response.  The discussed how overarching essential questions require students to apply, evaluate, judge, and create.  In this two-day session, teachers explored how to move from “stepping-stone questions” to overarching, high-quality essential questions.  Also explored was the relationship between essential questions and clear learning targets.  Back to top

Inquiry Based Math

 
Alycen Wilson, Math Curriculum Specialist, Catawba County Schools presented this informative workshop to Teachers, Grades K-6 and Curriculum Specialists asking, "Do your students ask you a hundred questions a day?" Participants learned how to turn natural inquisitiveness into a positive, valuable learning experience. This workshop gave objective specific ideas for implementing inquiry-based instruction into the math classroom. Lessons created by teachers will be shared to use in the classroom to foster inquiry-based instruction.  Participants received a lot of great ideas, lesson plans, useful resources and website information.   Back to top  

Digging Into Non-fiction Texts

 
Lora Drum, Title I/ESL/Language Arts Curriculum Specialist, presented this workshop to K-5 Teachers, ESL Teachers, and Instructional Coaches on January 25, 2011. Asking the question, "Do your students seem intrigued by books about sharks, mummies, animals, and places around the world?", she stressed that  although many of these non-fiction texts may be above students’ reading levels, they certainly didn't hold the students’ attention and interest.  This session took a look at non-fiction as a genre and how to use students’ fascination with these topics as a hook to develop important lifelong reading skills.  Non-fiction texts were explored, providing a new way to discover what captivates students and how we can facilitate their reading comprehension and growth through content area reading strategies. Back to top  

Fabulous Five with a Focus on Fluency

 

Lora Drum, Title I/ESL/Language Arts Curriculum Specialist, spoke to K-2 Teachers, ESL Teachers, and Instructional Coaches, who enjoyed a day packed full of ideas for enhancing fluency instruction and the other fab five components of reading instruction.  The morning portion of this session focused on ideas designed to help students improve their reading fluency.  The afternoon portion of the workshop concentrated on ways to incorporate the fabulous five components into literacy stations.  Back to top

 

Folded Stars

Dee Hanlin, Math Consultant, NWRESA, guided participants into this "No Sewing, but measurement required" workshop. Those attending learned how to make folded star ornaments from fabrics using 3” Styrofoam balls and 2 ˝ inch fabric squares (10 for the center star, 16 squares for each of the other 3 layers.  Ways to vary the center stars were discussed, as well as ways to make them from school colors or any combination. The creativity is one that students will surely enjoy doing!

 In conjunction with this workshop an activities exchange was shared where participants brought along a copy of their favorite activity or technique. Back to top

 

 
Basic Knitting with Embellishments
Susan Edmonson, Artist, Designer and Quilter, instructed participants on basic knitting using Mega needles (size 13-15), followed by instruction to teach them howto embellish with flower pins, beading, needle felting and covered buttons. Kits for the embellishments were provided.

NC Teacher Evaluation Process Training

Presented by: John Caldwell, NWRESA Consultant, and Teacher/Principal Evaluation Instrument Trainer
 

November 16, 17, 2010 - This two-day training provided an in-depth study of the five standards including clinical observations (videos) using the evaluation rubric. 

The new instrument is to be implemented in all systems during 2010-2011 school year.  Full implementation to be completed by July 1, 2011.  Back to top

 

Engaging Adolescent Learners: Mastering the Content Through Reading and Writing

Presented by: Martha Lamb, Curriculum Specialist, Catawba County Schools

 Designed specifically for middle and high-school teachers, this workshop will show participants how to use the processes of reading, writing, and thinking to engage students with the content of their classes.  With a focus on linking new to previous learning as well as harnessing the power of collaboration, this workshop will provide teachers with a toolkit full of powerful literacy strategies for helping students master their subject matter.  Each strategy will be illustrated with examples from multiple content areas (social studies, science, math, English, the arts, etc.).Back to top

Martha Lamb

Reading Skills in a Nut Poetry Shell

Presented by: Colleen Dixon, Fifth Grade Teacher, Ashe County Schools
 Colleen Dixon, Fifth Grade Teacher, Ashe County Schools,  presented an enjoyable workshop for teachers, demonstrating ways to use poetry for fluency, comprehension and vocabulary skills. Poems to integrate with science and social studies were explored and many creative surprises awaited teachers at this exciting workshop! Back to top

Alphabetica: Thinking Creatively

Presented by: Deanna Hanlin, NWRESA Consultant and Sheree Sloop, Creative Memories Consultant
 

This make-it-take-it workshop allowed participants to begin a personal word wall book, using words that were significant to them, new words  learned in their personal or professional growth, etc.  Each created their own personal “word wall,” giving them unique ideas for ongoing projects for students.

Each participant was asked to begin earlier in brainstorming for their individual word lists for each letter of the alphabet – keeping a word journal.   Connections were made to the new Rubric for Evaluating NC Teachers and the NC Professional Teaching Standards.  Back to top

 

I know Johnny Can’t Read, But What Can I Do?!

Presented by: Martha Lamb, Curriculum Specialist, Catawba County Schools
 

 This informative workshop helped answer the questions: Are there students in your English/Language Arts class every year who struggle to read and comprehend grade-level texts?  Are you searching for ways to help these students improve their reading skills?  Are you grappling to find time to work with these students in their areas of weakness?  Participants learned methods for diagnosing students’ reading problems, discovered research-based strategies for improving reading skills, and heard suggestions for meeting needs in the context of heterogeneously-grouped classes.

Borrowing heavily from the work of Jim Burke and Kylene Beers, this workshop gave participants answers to the questions above that work in real classrooms.  They received numerous strategies to be used immediately with the literature and texts already being taught.Back to top

 

"I received great information to use in the classroom, not just with ESL students but with ALL students." - Ashe County EducatorBack to top

Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners
Presented by:
 Beth Norwood, ESL Teacher, Viewmont Elementary, Hickory City Schools

With America’s dynamic and growing population, more students are entering school with limited English proficiency.  This workshop focused on learning how to serve these students and ease their journey towards English proficiency. Participants learned strategies to differentiate teaching for mastery learning, strategies that can be implemented in their classroom immediately!

Participants received a FREE copy of the Unbelievably Useful Handbook for Teaching English Language Learners. which contained strategies for teaching students of all language proficiencies in: Reading (vocabulary and fluency development, content based learning, non-fiction text), Writing, Spelling, Math,
Science and Social Studies, Communication with Parents, and SIOP Strategies for Making Content Comprehensible. The workshop received highly favorable reviews.

NCSD educator:
"I got many new ideas that I can implement into my Health class."
Burke County educator: I received so much knowledge of laws protecting ELL students and also levels and strategies to use with those language learning levels across the curriculum."
Watauga County Educator:
"I learned of several websites I plan to use, ideas for developing vocabulary with ELLs. I plan to use these websites and share information with fellow teachers."
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Nuclear Energy: What It Is and What It Is Not

Presented by: Dr. Cliff Mansfield, Retired W-S/Forsyth Teacher, and retired research chemist for Shell/Texaco and RJR-Nabisco.

 
Dr. Mansfield demonstrating the effects of a "chain reaction" using mouse traps and ping pong balls. 

 Dr. Mansfield presented this workshop as a survey course on nuclear science, covering what nuclear energy is and how it is used – from atomic bombs to generation IV nuclear reactors.  Discussions about radioactivity, radioactive isotopes, and how such materials can be safely handled were covered, allowing participants to have a chance to do some hands on activities and measurements of radioactivity.  Dr. Mansfield addressed the many myths about nuclear energy as well as “busting some of those myths.” This workshop was especially relevant to teachers of chemistry, physics, and environmental science. Back to top

No Fear Fabric Collage

Presented by: Susan Edmonson, Artist, Designer and Quilter
 

Participants were invited to come and enjoy a fun day with Susan and others – no experience necessary. Everyone gathered all the fun fabrics and trinkets they wished to work with - anything that could be sewn or glued, including 3-D. Susan demonstrated how to transform all these goodies into a shabby chic version of a crazy quilt. She discussed design and demo hand and machine stitching techniques, how to embellish with beads, buttons, trims, how to stamp and color on fabric, and how to paint with thread, choosing the techniques each participant could use to produce their own work of art.  All were encouraged and reminded to always use one's imagination! It will take you places you never dreamed of! A creative life is fun, so make the best of it and play! http://www.susanedmonsondesigns.com/gallery.html

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Reading First Academy

Presented by: Cathy Marlow, Reading First Trainer.  Cathy has taught first grade for 27 years, was a curriculum coach for 4 years and is presently a reading tutor in grades K-2. 
 

The goal of this institute was to enhance knowledge of effective instructional practices that promote early reading success. Participants  examined researched-based practices for teaching all students to read, including English Language Learners and explored diagnostic and prescriptive instruction that works.  A knowledge of reading development was enhanced with helpful reading strategies.  Participants received a comprehensive notebook with valuable resources.  This institute was for first grade teachers and teachers of exceptional students and ESL teachers who received 2.8 Reading Credits.Back to top

Hickory City Schools
Administrators Fitness Program

Presented by: Joe Sinclair
 
On October 12, Dr. Joe Sinclair met with local school administrators and central office staff from Hickory City Schools and presented a personal fitness and stress management program. Assisted by Carla Leslie, Dr. Sinclair shared ideas about balancing one’s personal and professional life. Asking for audience participation, administrators shared their secrets about coping with stress, eating healthy, and improving their fitness levels. Dr. Sinclair displayed various equipment and supplies which are helpful in developing a walking/running program. Each participant was provided a personal pedometer and challenged to walk or run at least ten thousand steps each day. Administrators were urged to bring the fitness component into their schools, keeping a log as to which staff member had accumulated the most walking/running steps per week/month. Outside walking demonstrations featured the use of the pedometer. Back to top

21st Century Skills

Presented by: Martha Lamb, Curriculum Specialist, Catawba County Schools
 

Ready to take your teaching to the next level?  This workshop provided answers to the following questions:  How can I teach skills for collaboration that are so essential for success in the classroom and in today’s world? How can I teach mastery of multiple SCOS goals and objectives through project-based learning? How can I empower students to make choices for learning that I can live with?, and How can I harness the power of inquiry to set my students on fire? Participants learned how to transform their classroom into active learning communities using strategies developed from cutting-edge research.  Drawing from the work of Harvey Daniels and Stephanie Harvey, this workshop provided specific strategies that could be used across grade levels and content areas.Back to top

Weaving Across the Curriculums

Presented by: Cheryl Stemple, Elementary Art Teacher, Catawba County Schools, and Textile Designer

Math, Social Studies and Art Teachers, looking for a new approach to teaching weaving, measurement, geometry, social studies, or textile design, spent the day exploring the intricate details of weaving, the history of textiles, and the math skills needed to construct various weavings and textile designs.  Participants Learned how the basic vocabulary and art skills connect to the NC Standard Course of Study in many curriculums and grade levels.  Integrated lesson plans and powerpoint were made available for downloading.  Back to top

Inquiry Learning Through Observation and Drawing

 

September 20, 21, 2010 - Pam Beagle-Daresta is a roster teaching artist with South Carolina Arts Commission, Georgia Art Council, Young Audiences St. Louis/Atlanta, and High Museum I See Literacy.  She creates curriculum integrated residences in printmaking, papermaking/book-arts, murals and sculpture.  Her professional development connects core curriculum content with visual literacy skills/drawing.

Participants enjoyed spending a day with Pam making connections between drawing and core content.  This hands-on workshop allowed participants  ways to explore and to authentically engage student learning while addressing multiple learning styles.  Observation drawing approaches were shown in how to build teaching tools that deepen student learning and understanding of the drawn subject while integrating core curriculum content.  Approaches included abstraction, gesture and contour.

There is a well-established precedent for drawing in scientific research/learning.  Student observation drawings identified and classified plant/animal phyla.  Teachers learned how social studies and language arts/literature, integrated and connected with story, event, or era.  Literacy connections were made by comparing the alphabets of visual and written literacy and the structures of drawing to writing.  Abstract drawing mirrors elementary geometry national standards, in visualization, spatial relationships, and analyzing characteristics of two and three dimensional shapes. Back to top

 

Create An Elf

 

September 17, 18, 2010 - Charlie Patricolo, Artist, presented this 2-day fun-filled workshop guiding participants to begin their creation by needle, sculpting a head to create their very own Elf with a unique personality using a basic elf pattern.  The bodies were stitched, stuffed and then attached quickly with ‘wire', and one elf doll was completed in the two-day period.  The elf doll was unique to each individual because they selected three fabrics to use; one fabric for the body, and two others for costuming.  These fabrics were either something from their collection or purchased at a quilt shop.Back to top

 

NC Principal Evaluation Instrument Training

John Caldwell

September 14, 15, 2010 - John Caldwell,  Principals’ Evaluation Trainer and NWRESA Consultant presented this two-day session  for newly appointed principals, superintendents and/or principal evaluators.  This training reviewed the seven standards and the evaluation process of the North Carolina Executive Evaluation for principals.  Back to top

Informational Text Across the Content Areas in K-3 Classrooms

Presented by:  Karon L. Brown, Training Manager in the training department for Cambium Learning-Voyager. She is responsible for developing training presentations for literacy and math products in the Voyager business unit, as well as developing customized professional development modules for teachers. 

September 30, 2010 - Karon L. Brown, Training Manager in the training department for Cambium Learning-Voyager,  is responsible for developing training presentations for literacy and math products in the Voyager business unit, as well as developing customized professional development modules for teachers.  This session developed specifically for North Carolina teachers, focused on the use of informational text to teach not only reading and reading comprehension, but to also use the text to meet other content area standards.  Teachers learned to identify the patterns and features of text, increase text complexity, use EOG assessments and Lexile levels to gauge reading complexity, gauge student achievement, evaluate existing programs, and practice strategies to take back to the classroom.  The Common Core and North Carolina State Standards provide the framework for this course.  To wrap up learning, teachers were to create an integrated lesson, apply it to classroom practice and report on the delivery.  Best Practices and successful lesson plans that meet specific rubric criteria were shared through the Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort (ACRE) website.Back to top
 
 

READING FIRST ACADEMY - Grades K-3

 

Kindergarten - August 2, 3, & 4, 2010
First Grade – July 26, 27 & 28, 2010
Second Grade -  July 12, 13 & 14, 2010
Third Grade – July 19, 20 & 21, 2010
The goal of the Reading First institute was to enhance the knowledge of effective instructional practices that promote early reading success. Participants examined researched-based practices for teaching all students to read, including English Language Learners.Explore diagnostic and prescriptive instruction that works.  A knowledge of reading development was enhanced with helpful reading strategies.  Participants received a comprehensive notebook with valuable resources.Back to top

 

Flower Pounding

July 14, 2010 - Dee Hanlin, NWRESA consultant, presented a “Print” fabrics workshop using fresh flowers! Participants learned that this process can be a great stress reliever as they actually "pounded" the pigment out of flowers and leaves into fabric using a hammer!  

Prepared for Dying (PFD) fabric, cardstock, iron, and paper towels were provided and participants worked with such flowers  as verbena, yellow daisy, Black-eyed susan, pansies, violets, and greenery as well such as ferns, Japanese maple, pine needles, and barberry. Excellent ideas for classroom use were exchanged.
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The Bookkeeper

 
July 15, 2010 - The BOOKKEEPER was presented by Deanna Hanlin, NWRESA consultant, and participants enjoyed designing their individual bookkeepers to hold any book that measuring less than 9 "x 6". The bookkeeper could then also be used as a handy little purse or sewing pouch, even an overnight bag for make-up. The bookkeeper could also be used as a great inexpensive gift. Back to top  

Surface Design: Pyramid

 
July 16, 2010 - Susan Edmonson, an award winning quilt maker who started her journey in 1981 and today continues to wow audiences with her unique artistry, presented a workshop for NWRESA entitled Surface Design: Pyramid. Susan has also designed quilt patterns and kits for two national stores as well as her own pattern line. Her specialties have been folk art, crazy quilted purses and wall quilts, and “flower doodles.” Fabric collage books and mini quilts are among her newest creations. All of her work is lavished with beading and embroidery. She loves working with vintage style fabrics and colors. The patterns she designs evolve from original pieces inspired by vintage quilt designs and nature. Participants created a pyramid from its net, embellishing each face and edge.  This technique provided a great way to reinforce math and vocabulary! Teachers selected their own theme as a project for use in their classroom.Back to top  

Reading First Academy – First Grade

 
July 19, 20 & 21, 2010 - Cathy Marlow, a Reading First Trainer, first grade teacher for 27 years, Curriculum Coach for 4 years, and a reading tutor in grades K-2, presented a Reading First Academy for First Grade. The goal of this institute was to enhance a teacher's knowledge of effective instructional practices that promote early reading success. Participants examined researched-based practices for teaching all students to read, including English Language Learners.  They explored diagnostic and prescriptive instruction and were presented a knowledge of reading development enhanced with helpful reading strategies.  Participants received a comprehensive notebook with valuable resources. Back to top  

Math A

 
July 20, 2010 - Peggy Murdock and Beth Layton, Teachers, W-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, encouraged teachers to come and take the mystery out of Vertex Edge graphs and learn how to find Euler and Hamiltonian circuits, using matrices on the TI-84 to solve conflict. Participants also performed statistical analysis on data and experimented on finding which function best models bi-variate data."  Back to top  

Tessellations and Kaleidoscopes in Fabric: and Other Mathematical Quilts

 
July 21, 2010 - Peggy Murdock, Teacher, North Forsyth High School and Dee Hanlin, Math Consultant, NWRESA, showed participants how the beautiful Tessellation and Kaleidoscope quilts are made. This workshop took participants through the process step by step, discussing angles, repeats, tessellations, Sierpinski Triangle, Fibonacci and how the beauty of mathematics is “translated”  into stunning quilts or wall hangings.Back to top
DR. SINCLAIR PRESENTS FITNESS AND STRESS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM TO WATAUGA ADMINISTRATORS

 

 
On July 6th, Dr. Joe Sinclair met with local school administrators and central office staff from Watauga County and presented a personal fitness and stress management program. Assisted by Carla Leslie, Dr. Sinclair shared ideas about balancing one’s personal and professional life. Asking for audience participation, administrators shared their secrets about coping with stress, eating healthy, and improving their fitness levels. Dr. Sinclair displayed various equipment and supplies which are helpful in developing a walking/running program. Each participant was provided a personal pedometer and challenged to walk or run at least ten thousand steps each day. Billie Hicklin announced that a contest would begin and that a plaque would be awarded each month to the administrator who had accumulated the most walking/running steps. Outside walking demonstrations featured the use of the pedometer. Dr. Sinclair was asked to return at a later date for a fitness follow-up.

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