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’09 TAGT: Educator Perspective by Tracey Kling

February 28, 2010

The classes I attended were primarily focused toward differentiation for the primary grades.  We currently use M3 math for our 3-5th grades, I attended a class for a new program called M2 for students in 1st and 2nd grades.  It is the same premise as the M3 and promotes high level problem solving skills.  Since the program is just in the field test stage, we just gained knowledge of what it offers as well as some good problem solving strategies we can use with the kids in 1st and 2nd grades. 

I also took a couple of classes on Inquiry based learning for primary students.  I got some good ideas for Ice Breakers, and I loved the idea of becoming the resident expert at a topic of interest.  I was able to share this with the teachers at my school.  This requires the students to sign a contract to complete a resident expert project.  I also received a rubric for assessing and helping students see the expectations.  I went to a similar class on inquiry presented by a Rep. from Renzulli learning.  It was really interesting, but it required you having that program.

Since we are implementing TPSP this year in Challenge.  I went to a session on TPSP Enigmas (for 4th grade).  I gave me some great ideas for implementation on various Texas Performance Standards Projects.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend!  I really gained some great ideas that I will use throughout this school year!

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