This month ITS: MS would like to shine the spotlight on our Congratulations to our May 2017 Educator Spotlight - Michelle Majerus, a fourth-grade teacher at Lura M. Sharp Elementary School in Pulaski.
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The ITS: Model Schools department at CiTi recently named Michelle Majerus, a fourth-grade teacher at Lura M. Sharp Elementary School in Pulaski, as its educator spotlight for the month of May.
Majerus was peer-nominated for the recognition because she has immersed herself and her classroom in a blended-learning environment and has committed to teaching her students pre-coding.
Blended-learning opportunities provided by Majerus have helped students gain a better understanding for math skill sets. Math lessons can be re-watched on an iPad at any time to receive further practice on a particular concept. The videos give practice examples and students complete the work with a white board and may then self-check their understanding before Majerus reviews with them. This practice also has aided students who have advanced understanding of math concepts and may work ahead of classmates who require more one-on-one time from Majerus.
Other technology resources used in Majerus’ classroom include Zearn, an online teaching tool that students utilize to practice math skills that correlate with New York State standards and Class DoJo, an application which allows students and parents to see what’s going on in the classroom. With Class DoJo, students may also earn points for participation, showing good character and being an outstanding team member.
Majerus said one of her students’ favorite applications is Ozobots, which is a program where students have learned to code in order to get the Ozobot to do what they want. For a fun learning activity, Majerus used Ozobots in a guided reading activity to practice sequencing a story and to outline the plot of a story. Now, students are working on the creation of Ozo-cities where they have to code an entire city or town that is similar to where they live.
Past Educator Spotlights:
May 2017: Michelle Majerus, fourth-grade teacher at Lura M. Sharp Elementary School in Pulaski
April 2017: Krista Alsworth, Chris Weisenburger and Wendy VanDerveer, Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School Teachers
March 2017: John DeGone, Technology and Photography Teacher at Sandy Creek Central Schools
February 2017: Tammy Cummings, Library Media Specialist at CiTi
January 2017: Tim Fredenburg, English Language Arts Teacher at Phoenix High School
December 2016: Edward Darrh, Social Studies Teacher at Central Square Middle School
November 2016: Barb LeBeau, Middle School Social Studies Teacher at Pulaski Academy
October 2016: Nick Little, Fourth-Grade teacher at Fitzhugh Park Elementary School, Oswego City School District
September 2016: Mary Paye, Kindergarten teacher at Phoenix Elementary School
June 2016: Kate Clark, CiTi Exceptional Education TASC/CTE Resource Teacher
May 2016: Bonnie Morris, District Staff Trainer and Mathematics Teacher at Pulaski and Central School
April 2016: Lynne Harper, Grade 5 Humanities Teacher at Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School
March 2016: Jacques Monica, Director of Technology at Central Square School District
February 2016: Carol Burch, Science Teacher at Hannibal High School
January 2016: John Dalgety, Helen Abbott, Jim Cassella and Jeff Martin, the Social Studies Team at Phoenix Middle School
December 2015: Gina Duggleby, Living Environment Teacher at Central Square High School
November 2015: Molly Clark, Librarian at Riley Elementary in Oswego City School District
October 2015: Joelle Hendry, Second Grade Teacher at Phoenix Elementary School
September 2015: Megan Cernaro, Mona Goble, Jessica Piscitelli, and Lynn Rathbun, Mexico Academy and Central School Teachers