Response To Retired Educator Carolyn Bennett’s Letter To CCO Editor By Anne Ennis

first_imgDr. Smith ended his part of the Sept. 18 meeting, by saying self-teaching and self-regulation “allow all students to develop to their maximum potential.” I would like more information. I would like to see a well functioning self-regulating, self-teaching, group work classroom with a first or second year teacher in a standard middle school classroom. I hope to get it after the election, no matter the result. “LSI was brought in (by EVSC) to help shift in approach to educating students,” Dr. Smith said. After the LSI contract ends, with training being provided to teachers through work-day professional development sessions, “we will be able to continue on without LSI and Mass Insight. We can continue and succeed. This is often not the case” after a contracted consultant company departs, said Dr. Smith. Smith continued, “LSI brings content and delivery improvement. LSI is a perfect fit for SEL (social emotional learning model used throughout EVSC). Students have responsibility to work in groups. … We know that success with executive function skills is the most significant indicator of a student’s future success.” Executive functio includes staying on task, critical thinking, listening, collaboration and delegation. Many are concerned about the Learning Sciences International (LSI) group contracted by EVSC to show our teachers how to help students self-teach. How Are Students Learning and Who Is Leading the Lesson?by Ann M Ennis In substitute teaching this fall for teachers using the self-instruction method, and in this particular week for teachers who were pulled from class for 2 days of training in the LSI method, I am concerned about the ideal versus reality of students self-teaching and self-regulating. Introducing this method at Kindergarten and taking it through to 12th grade — perhaps. But introducing this concept with 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders does not seem to lead to learning. As explained in the September 10 School Board Meeting by Dr. Smith, “LSI was a seminal point in shift to make sure that each student is responsible for his learning. We are going away from the lecture model …. The way every person in this room was taught was with teacher at front of room lecturing and we as students accepting and taking-in the information from the teacher.” … FOOTNOTE: This letter is posted by the CCO without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Little Angels get ‘wheelie’ wonderful donations from the Donegal Oil Foundation

first_imgThis week, the eyes of the pupils of The Little Angels School in Letterkenny lit up with huge excitement when they were presented with four brand new bikes.The gifts were donated to the special school by Arthur McMahon from The Donegal Oil Foundation and Terence Diver from Divers Hyundai this week so that pupils could #haveago at cycling in their school playground.Last April, Arthur McMahon, Terence Diver and Barry Foley took part as a three person relay team in The Race which is a 250 km unsupported endurance event across the rugged landscape of North West Donegal. The 3 lads completed it as part of Team Donegal Oil. Terence Diver very kindly put up a prize of a drive in the passenger seat of Eugene Donnelly’s Hyundai i20R5 Rally Car in the hope that people could would donate to their chosen charity, The Little Angels School and whoever entered had the chance of winning this amazing opportunity at the same time.The money raised went towards purchasing these four bikes locally from LK Bikes, which were delivered to The Little Angels School this week.The Donegal Oil Foundation presenting four bikes to the Little Angels School in LetterkennySpeaking on behalf of the school, Angela Keane said “We are absolutely delighted to receive these gifts from the Donegal Oil Foundation and as you have seen from the look on the children’s faces they were super excited.“We would like to thank Arthur McMahon from The Donegal Oil Foundation and Terence Diver from Divers Hyundai along with Gavin and Mark from LK Bikes and to everyone who thought of our school when they were fundraising through their Team Donegal Oil event. “Our children will look forward to taking on board the #haveago ethos and form their own little cycling club in the school now.”Arthur McMahon, Founder of the Donegal Oil Foundation said, “Just seeing the eyes and faces of the kids today when they saw the bikes makes everything that Team Donegal Oil and the Donegal Oil Foundation do so worthwhile.“We have so much more to give to local charities, schools and clubs just like this on an ongoing basis and I would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible including Terence Diver from Divers Hyundai who not only took part with Barry Foley and myself in the Race but donated the prize to enable us to raise money to purchase the bikes.”Little Angels get ‘wheelie’ wonderful donations from the Donegal Oil Foundation was last modified: July 30th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charityLittle Angels SchoolPresentationThe Donegal Oil foundationlast_img read more