Lenoir County teachers return early from winter break for workshop

Lenoir County teachers returned early to learn about tools and techniques that they can use in their classrooms. 
Of the 52 sessions, one was focused on utilizing centers in the social studies classroom.
“And you know you think about centers being something you do in elementary school, but she took it on as an action research project, and is now sharing it with all of her peers,” said Amelia McLeod, director for middle grades.
Mary Riddick, an eighth-grade science teacher, says she incorporated fun ideas such as escape rooms in her curriculum in hopes of keeping students engaged.
“Puzzles, logic thinking, that kind of stuff in the science classroom, and right now I’m in a session about using Newsela, which is an online informational text tool to use in the classroom,” Riddick said.
Riddick said the workshop is a great use of time and a good way to help ease back into school on Monday coming off the holiday break.
“It’s just a refreshing time to learn and get yourself back in that mode and figure out how you can incorporate some things for the spring semester,” Riddick said.
Riddick also said she recommends this type of workshop for any school district because it empowers teachers as both leaders and learners.
“A lot of districts have great resources in their own staff and faculty. You don’t have to bring in people from outside, so it’s a great way to use the resources that your district has available to them,” Riddick said.
School leaders are hoping to make the workshop an annual event.

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