Model Teaching Week is a week-long intensive staff development course for teachers. Throughout the week, participants have the opportunity to learn from master instructors about the theory and research behind current brain research and how it impacts student learning. They also watch master teachers construct a brain-compatible learning environment, create a community of learners, and implement standards-based, performance-based learning. One of the unique aspects of Model Teaching Week is that it is differentiated for teachers. After they have attended one MTW, they move into guided curriculum-writing. During curriculum-writing sessions, teachers take the Georgia Performance Standards and create lessons that are meaningful and standards-based.
This year's learning spaces and leaders were:
- Stage One Teacher of Teachers: Jill Hay - presentations in the Media Center
- Stages Two through Five Teacher of Teachers: Ellen Auchenpaugh - presentations in the Computer Lab
- K-1 Teachers of Students: Fallon Hinz and Kate Wright
- 2-3 Teachers of Students: Kerry Lance and Erin Mauldin
- 4-5 Teachers of Students: Susan Jenkins and Stephanie Neal
- Small Group Teachers of Students: Cheri Vaniman and Lauren Presley
- Interns: Caryn Adkinson, Kendall Foster, Judy Moschetta, Heather Tenuto, Angie Yim
65+ teachers received training throughout the week, and 85 students participated. We had visits from District Personnel as well as teachers and prinicipals form districts throughout Georgia.
How was this staff development funded?
- Funding was provided by Cobb County's Professional Learning Department.
Do any other schools in Cobb host a Model Teaching Week?
- YES! Bryant Elementary will host a MTW during the week of June 13th. They will provide training for all levels of teachers: elementary, middle and high school. This is their second year to host a MTW. Their training is also available to teachers throughout Cobb County.