Ector County Teachers Hit the Books 8/20/13
CBS 7 News
One week away from school starting and teachers are already hitting the books. Today one district held a special training to prepare their classrooms for the upcoming school year. They’re learning new technologies, new techniques, and they're also just talking to other teachers trying to figure out what they do differently in a classroom than someone else might.
"It's also a time of camaraderie because the teachers have been away on vacation all summer," said Henri Lewis, ECISD Director of Title II of the Curriculum Department
They are ready to begin the school year with new resources and tactics for their students that they've learned from one another.
"Oh it'll be great, because there's all these new ideas and I've taught for so long, all these different ideas, you know it's exciting for me," said Dayna Smith, ECISD Elementary School Teacher.
Lewis says teachers go through Teacher University with four sessions for the day to learn from other teachers who are directing the class.
"Staff, administrators and teachers, they come together and offer two or more sessions at either Ector which is our elementary side or Bonham which is our secondary side," said Lewis.
Today wasn't just about the traditional core subjects, teachers even got to learn about gardening, plants, motivational classes and even cooking
"You can implement all this knowledge and skills you are learning into the classroom and the kids are going to benefit from that," said ECISD Bilingual Teacher, Javier Garcia.
All in all today was about learning something new and bonding with fellow teachers and for some teachers, it meant getting to enjoy one of their favorite hobbies
"I went to Pinterest!" said Smith.
As school starts up again, it's days like these and sessions like these that really make a difference in how a teacher teaches and how a students learn from year to year.