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CSRA RESA Newsletter

September 2016


the Director's Corner

Gene Sullivan, Executive Director



Enjoy this poem and thank you for your dedication!

“I Am A Teacher”

John W. Schlatter


I am a Teacher.

I was born the first moment that a question leaped from the mouth

of a child.

I have been many people in many places.

I am Socrates exciting the youth of Athens to discover new ideas

through the use of questions.

I am Anne Sullivan tapping out the secrets of the universe

into the outstretched hand of Helen Keller.

I am Aesop and Hans Christian Andersen revealing truth

through countless stories.

I am Marva Collins fighting for every child's right to an education.

The names of those who have practiced my profession ring like a hall

of fame for humanity...Booker T. Washington, Buddha, Confucius, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Leo Buscaglia, Moses and Jesus.

I am also those whose names and faces have long been forgotten

but whose lessons and character will always be remembered in the accomplishments of their students.

I have wept for joy at the weddings of former students, laughed with

glee at the birth of their children and stood with head bowed in grief and confusion by graves dug too soon for bodies far too young.

Throughout the course of a day I have been called upon to be an

actor, friend, nurse and doctor, coach, finder of lost articles, money lender, taxi driver, psychologist, substitute parent, salesman, politician and a keeper of the faith.

Despite the maps, charts, formulas, verbs, stories and books, I have

really had nothing to teach, for my students really have only themselves to learn, and I know it takes the whole world to tell you who you are.

I am a paradox. I speak loudest when I listen the most. My greatest

gifts are in what I am willing to appreciatively receive from my students.

Material wealth is not one of my goals, but I am a full-time treasure

seeker in my quest for new opportunities for my students to use their talents and in my constant search for those talents that sometimes lie buried in self-defeat.

I am the most fortunate of all who labor.

A doctor is allowed to usher life into the world in one magic moment.

I am allowed to see that life is reborn each day with new questions, ideas and friendships.

An architect knows that if he builds with care, his structure may stand

for centuries. A teacher knows that if he builds with love and truth, what he builds will last forever.

I am a warrior, daily doing battle against peer pressure, negativity,

fear, conformity, prejudice, ignorance and apathy: But I have great allies: Intelligence, Curiosity, Parental Support, Individuality, Creativity, Faith, Love and Laughter all rush to my banner with indomitable support.

And who do I have to thank for this wonderful life I am so fortunate

to experience, but you the public, the parents. For you have done me the great honor to entrust to me your greatest contribution to eternity, your children.

And so I have a past that is rich in memories. I have a present

that is challenging, adventurous and fun because I am allowed to spend my days with the future.

I am a teacher...and I thank God for it every day.



Professional Learning Courses
Upcoming courses at CSRA RESA

  • September 21st - Tribunal Training
  • September 21st - SLDS for Administrators
  • September 22nd - Improving Student Outcomes on CEE using Khan Academy
  • September 22nd - Taking Achievement to the Next Level: What's new in AP/SAT?

    For a complete list of courses and to register, please click here.

MATH UPDATES


K-5 Math Endorsement

This month we began two cohorts in Jefferson County. We have heard great conversations among the teacher participants during the small group portions of the session as well as enlightening discussions during the whole group portion.


Georgia Council of Mathematics Teachers (http://new.gctm-resources.org/gctm/dv7/)

The 57th Georgia Mathematics Conference at Rock Eagle is being held October 19-21, 2016!

The theme will focus on "Principles to Actions", as recently addressed by NCTM. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from some fantastic keynote speakers (Erica Walker of Columbia University, Jenny Bay-Williams from the University of Louisville, and Pamela Weber Harris from the University of Texas), a host of other featured speakers (Erin Talley, Miranda Sanders, Pamela Seda, Kasele Mshinda, David Custer, James Burnett, Kevin Moore, Marielle Myers, Wendy Sanchez, Lisa Sheehy), a special "Ignite" session, and many more presenters from schools and universities throughout Georgia, as they share their expertise at this year's conference. Some of the presenters are from Columbia and Richmond Counties.


GaDOE Mathematics Program


In 2016-2017, the GaDOE Mathematics Program will focus on K-10 GSE mathematics standards that have proven to be difficult to interpret and challenging to teach. Our process will begin with the identification of targeted standards. To accomplish this first step, we will solicit participation from our Georgia mathematics educator taskforce in grade level/course statewide surveys via survey monkey in early September. We will assist by forwarding the upcoming request for participation to all mathematics educators in our district as soon as we receive it. Please be on the lookout for it!

Making

Awesome

Teachers

Heroes

Endorsement




the Teacher's Voice

with Amy Williamson


Do you find yourself wanting to integrate more technology into your daily classroom practices, but just aren't sure how to get started? Are you simply too busy meeting standards and preparing students for high stakes testing?

Well, look no further! In this article, you will learn how to bring your classroom to the 21st century and steer from those traditional approaches to learning. Introducing...the Osmo!


Read more...




Are you a "Connected Teacher"?

We are currently seeking teachers
to share how technology is used with your students for learning.


If YOU would like to share
your technology-integrated lessons,

please contact us at dgriffin@csraresa.org.

Spotlight on Literacy Lessons

Check out all the lesson plans on the
Literacy Library page at
www.csraresa.net


Please click the image above to learn more about this interactive Professional Learning Series,

Collaborative Conversations on Building a Culture of Writing
Remember to use the SLDS platform
for
GOFAR, Teacher
Resources, Student Data,
Lexile, and Differentiation based on Data

Have questions? Ask a RESA consultant for help!

Media Specialist PLC

Details about
meeting date and
agenda coming soon!
ELA Teachers and Media Specialists

Create a collaborative partnership and sponsor a
TOME Student Literacy Society in your school!


Blend Reading, Writing, Technology and Research.

For more information, click the TOME image.
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