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March 27th, 2009
Miller teachers present workshop at conference

Miller Junior High School Principal Susan Brown, author Robert Marzano and San Marcos CISD Director of Instructional Technology Ronda Stonecipher.

STAFF REPORT

A group of teachers and administrators from Doris Miller Junior High School conducted a workshop at the National Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (NASCD) conference in Orlando, FL, recently.

The workshop was on “mathcasting,” an enhanced podcast called, “the Miller math way,” by Miller Principal Susan Brown.

“After the teachers teach hands-on lessons,” said Brown, “the students then write a script of what they just learned. This is a great way to reinforce non-fiction writing across the curriculum.”

Continued Brown, “The students work in groups, and decide how they want to present the material back to the audience in a way to communicate the concept they just learned. Then the students must either draw pictures, or take photos that represent their concepts.”

The team from Miller also had the chance to meet with author Robert Marzano, who wrote “Classroom Instruction that Works”. Miller teachers have been participating in a group study of Marzano’s book, which uses nine categories of instructional strategies to raise student achievement.

“The Miller team was able to talk one-on-one for over an hour with the author himself,” Brown said, “and to get his thoughts on how best to incorporate his strategies into our lesson plans. It was a whole new level of thinking about the data and fine-tuning the craft of exemplary teaching.”

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