I can’t believe I was unable to give you some of the good news from the grapevine this whole week, but have no fear – there is plenty of good news! I would first like to share a little about this past week because I meet so much incredible teachers and went to some many wonderful schools/districts.
I began the week with Margaret Kallman, Lee Kolbert and Vicky Holmquist in Palm Beach County as they were training teachers all day long on how to use the new unitedstreaming. These ladies are such experts that it was a great to watch their enthusiasm for passing on the good news! The next day, I was able to spend the majority of the day at Lake Worth High School, in Palm Beach County with Dr. Miguel Benavente and his great staff in the Medical Academy. Miguel shared his incredible story with me of coming to America on the Mariel Boat Life. As a twelve year old, he experience more tradegy than most of us could ever begin to comprehend. The good news is that he is now a doctor. I count it a privilege to have met Miguel this week. He joined the DEN right away and I can’t wait until you all meet him. That evening I zipped down to Coral Springs and was able to meet 35+ media specialists from Broward County who were introduced to unitedstreaming for the first time! With 250+ schools, it was decided that the media specialists could take a webinar to get their schools started on this great adventure. We were all excited to be able to put a face (mine) with the webinars before we began the process.
The next day I traveled to Hialeah and spent the afternoon with Myriam Garcia and her great colleagues at Amelia Earhart Elementary School. Myriam is obviously well loved and appreciated by her staff as she tries to train them on unitedstreaming and still teach five classes. I really loved the Cuban coffee she gave me, but I was wide awake for much longer than usual. On Thursday, I spent the whole day training all the media specialists in Martin County. This special group of educators were also be introduced to unitedstreaming for the first time, but we had the whole day and were face-to-face. We had a great day of training and they were quite saavy by the time we got done. Finally, on Friday I was home and did four webinars for the Broward County media specialists. I couldn’t get over how much fun it was to train this way and establish new relationships without being physically present. (Face-to-face is always better, but this is quite efffective.)
Sorry if I went on too long, but that is why I had no chance to share the Good New Grapevine with you. However, I would like to introduce you all to Tiffany Bonner, Language Arts teacher at Neptune Middle School in Kissimmee. These are her words on how she uses unitedstreaming.
On the first few days of school I have the kids view this video: Study Skills I (A Sunburst Title). Then we practice using all of the strategies suggested. Students color code their folders and binders, make up schedules and calendars and create a learning log to take notes in for each class. The kids really like it because it provides great ideas for getting organized and preparing for tests. They have no idea how to take notes in a class, and they were all nodding their heads and agreeing with the video as it presented different note-taking strategies.
What are some of your favorite video titles?