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Transformational teaching and learning taking place in RSD classrooms

Image Title: Sheldon Weddle
Sheldon Weddle
Image Title: Jessica Fife
Jessica Fife
Image Title: Tami Simundson
Tami Simundson

Powerful instruction integrated with technology, professional development, and instructional coaching, is transforming teaching and learning in the Richland School District. At a recent Richland School Board meeting, classroom teachers Sheldon Weddle, Jessica Fife, and Tami Simundson discussed how transformational teaching and learning is taking place in their classrooms through:

  • Project-Based Learning
  • Embedded technology/professional development
  • Ongoing instructional coaching by Classroom Support Teachers

Sheldon Weddle, Carmichael math teacher – “Project Based Learning is powerful when students are able to leverage technology as a tool for research, collaboration, and presenting. I now consider myself a facilitator of learning in a student-centered classroom where students are taking control of their own learning. It has been a powerful transformation for students so far.”

Jessica Fife, Richland High history teacher – “In the beginning, students did not think themselves capable of presenting synthesized information, let alone in a creative medium. Now students are not only expressing analysis and synthesis of information, they are embedding that learning into creating skits, short videos, podcasts, essays, and satirical writings. I am using technology to expand what is possible in the classroom.”

Tami Simundson, Wiley fourth grade teacher – “Using technology provides an easy way to differentiate instruction and practice for my students. It has increased my students’ engagement and ownership in their work because it has provided them with a purpose and audience.”

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