Sunday, January 27, 2013

Pasi Sahlberg and GERM Theory

Pasi Sahlberg introduces the GERM Theory prevalent in all aspects of education in our country today--the Global Education Reform Movement and he highlights how the Finnish educational system differs.

Furthermore, as a response to globalization, educators need to rethink the ways teaching and learning are organized in schools, promote appropriate flexibility at school level,
creativity in classrooms and risk-taking among students and teachers as part of their daily work in school.
  - Pasi Sahlberg Teaching and Globalization
Another interesting article by Pasi Sahlberg Education Policies for Raising Student Learning: The Finnish Approach.  


Friday, January 25, 2013

Training for North Olympic Peninsula AmeriCorps

I am having fun planning the second of two 3 hour training sessions for the North Olympic Peninsula AmeriCorps volunteers who work with students, tutoring in schools and extended school programs. We are lucky to have so many compassionate, intelligent, educated, and dedicated volunteers to work with our struggling students. To get everyone started in the morning, or for a study break to wake up those brain cells, try this!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Join JUMP MATH Classes

Following the fall series, JUMP Math classes continue for 5th - 8th grade students. New students welcome, as each set of ten sessions can be taken independently. This series, we will be delving into patterns, algebra, number sense, and more. JUMP improves skills, confidence, and mathematical thinking skills. 

New classes starting Wednesday January 23,  meeting once a week on Wednesday afternoon for ten classes ending March 27  $15 per class/ $150 per session includes materials.

January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27

Session One: 5th - 6th Grade   4:00

 Session Two: 7th - 8th Grade   5:00

Have fun with math! Improve your skills! Challenge your understanding! Sharpen your genius!

"We are ecstatic about the math progress our son is making with the JUMP math program.  Melinda is a remarkable teacher!  Her combination of enthusiasm and special training have made River feel very comfortable diving into the world of math and he is now excited by his math classes with her. He leaves the JUMP sessions energized and his confidence in math has built dramatically in only one month of working with her.  Melinda's tools and expertise are ideal for helping students develop real, integrated understanding of the concepts.  We couldn't be more pleased and it is a great relief to have found a curriculum and teacher that really make MATH classes both an emotionally safe and intellectually adventurous place to be."  --Crystie Kisler