Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Why I'm Proud to be a Tennessee Teacher

    You may not know that in addition to teaching students, I also teach teachers!  This summer, anyways.  I applied to be an ELA Core Coach for the state of Tennessee back in November.  I was one of the 700 teachers who were selected to lead our state in the largest state wide training in history! Core Coaches in math and ELA {K-12} are sweeping the state this summer to ensure that Tennessee meets its goal of becoming the fastest improving state in the nation.  In 2012, only 16% of Tennessee's high school students graduated prepared for college.  We plan on changing that statistic.
    Over 35,000 teachers have signed up for Common Core State Standards Training this summer.  Once registration opened, new sites were added to accomodate even more participants.  Most sites are at capacity.  This tells me that Tennessee teachers are ready to embrace the changes the Standards bring and do all they can to see that our students graduate from high school prepared for college and the work force.
    As Coaches, we have been training since March to roll out this professional development series.  We have spent many days at hotels far from home and worked for hours perfecting our presentations, inorder to educate our teachers on the Standards and best practices for our students.
    I attended the math training as a participant and learned so much!  We unpacked the math standards and took a deep look at the Standards for Mathmetical Practice.  We were trained in writing rich math tasks and examined ways to enrich our current math series.  It was so beneficial!
    We are currently in week 2 of ELA training.  First grade ELA has become my area of expertise!  We are focusing on the Reading Foundational Skills, because they are the basis for reading.  Without decoding and language comprehension, we would not have reading comprehension.  The level of participation from the teachers has been phonemonal.  Seeing teachers so engaged and deep in conversations about why decoding is important, the difference in phonics and phonological awareness, and taking a look at how to read complex texts with 1st graders has blown me away.
I am a part of something huge.  Each teacher that participates in these trainings are a part of it too.  I truly believe that we will succeed in our mission.  Tennessee will become the fastest improving state in the nation.  You watch and see!

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  1. Love it!! Wish I could be in your class...ive said that 746834 times!! Your an inspiration to any teacher that knows you!

    1. Aww, Kayla-you're so sweet!! Thank you. :)

  2. That is awesome! Good luck with your endeavor. I also love my state (Texas), but I visited Tennessee for the first time last summer, and I think it is my second favorite - just beautiful!

    The 85 Mile Commute

    1. Thanks Karen! I've been to Texas once, years ago. I mostly remember how DIFFERENT the two states look! I hope you have a great school year!

  3. Amen!

    I have attended Tennessee Math CC training over the last few months and will be teaching an inservice in my county coming up in two weeks.

    I am proud to be a teacher...and a TN teacher.

    Great post.

    A Rocky Top Teacher

    1. Sarah,
      What is the topic of your inservice? This is my first time to present to teachers, or anyone else, for that matter! I think I have learned more through presenting than when I went through the training myself!
      :) Dana


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