As we all know teaching is one of the most common, yet most complex human activity. There are tangible and intangible characteristics that contribute towards its effectiveness. Teacher influence goes far beyond a student’s academic performance. They foster student motivation, perseverance and citizenship.
CHP teachers are given a curriculum framework that is broad and precise. It includes the goals for each grade in each subject and student expectations/ outcomes at the end of each grade. Teachers are given resources and teaching aids in order to reach the diverse learner.
Teachers provide students with multiple means of representation, engagement, and expression of curriculum. This includes using Smart boards, project works, dramatization, discussions, blogs and field trips. According to Rief (1993), students retain:
- 10% of what they read
- 20% of what they hear
- 30% of what they see
- 50% of what they see and hear
- 70% of what they say
- 90% of what they say and do
Amber Davis, a second grade student at Cedar Hill Preparatory School, performed at a Carnegie Hall recital on November 17th. Amber received third prize for her solo piano devotee and the Emmett Award for being the youngest bright talent. Congratulations Amber!
Ellen Callahan, CHP Middle School Teacher / Social Studies, began her story many years ago as a seed planted in another time waiting to take root and grow. In the early ‘80s, she began her journey as an educator working with physically and intellectually challenged children. It was hard work, and the children often made very minimal progress. However, the rewards far outweighed the obstacles....