PIQUA — While students got a day off on Oct. 13, it was a school day for the instructional staff, but this time, they were the pupils.
Piqua City Schools held a district-wide Professional Development Day, during which nationally recognized teacher, author and speaker Pat Quinn shared ways to help educators improve their teaching, renew their passion, and lengthen their careers. Quinn also spoke about closing the achievement gap and meeting the needs of all students, according to Teresa Anderson, director of curriculum and instruction for PCS.
Known as “The RTI Guy” — due to his focus on Response to Intervention — Quinn is the author of a dozen books on meeting the individual needs of students, and has taught elementary school, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses.
“Mr. Quinn’s focus is on ways teachers can structure their classroom and design instruction to meet the needs of every student. He shares many strategies for planning and implementing small group instruction. He talks about using pre-test data to determine students needs — providing direct, targeted small group instruction and how to determine if students have learned what they need to know or be able to do,” Anderson said.
“Mr. Quinn also talked about goal setting with students. He suggests teachers have students set weekly goals which could be academic, social or extra curricular. On Friday, students reflect on the goal and decide if they should change the goal or change the approach to the goal. While working with students on goal-setting, students can learn what is in their control, what they can influence, and which things they may not have control or influence over.”
In addition to the entire PCS instructional staff, Anderson said more than 50 teachers from other districts attended Professional Development Day, including educators from Covington, Tipp City, Vandalia-Butler, Milton-Union, Upper Valley Career Center, Preble Shawnee, Huber Heights, Miamisburg, Kettering, Brookville, Oakwood, New Lebanon and the Darke County Educational Services Center.
“Our staff was really excited to hear Pat speak, and we are seeing our teachers try many of the strategies he discussed and shared with them,” Anderson said.
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