New Teaching Techniques for a New Year

By: Erin Myers Email
By: Erin Myers Email

New teaching techniques for a new year. That's the goal of Grand Island Senior High's "World's Fair of Teaching."

"Because teachers don't have the opportunity necessarily to observe each other teach, this is a great event in that regard because they can actually look in a get a taste of what their classroom is like," said Jeff Gilbertson, Principal at Grand Island Senior High.

It's an idea that was adapted by the school from the Harvard Business Review.

"It's actually a corporate concept that builds professional capital through collegiality," said Gilbertson.

Assistant Principal Maggie Mintken says she saw the link between business and school while reading the review.

"They put on a 'World's Fair' within their company and I just made that connection that we have all of that same, great stuff going on within GISH," said Mintken.

Teachers set up demonstrations to share with their colleagues. They focused on their expertise and what works best in their classroom. Gilbertson says this is much more effective than the alternative.

"It's professional learning and it's a little more authentic, I'll take that back, it's a lot more authentic than maybe sitting in an auditorium, listening to someone speak. It really is about rolling up your sleeves and making it authentic to what we do everyday," said Gilbertson.

"They get a lot of cross-curriculum and just new ideas, fresh ideas of how they can approach things," said Mintken.

Gilbertson says he hopes the idea is here to stay.

"At first blush, I'd like to see this come back and maybe do an annual event, where we have a fair like this," said Gilbertson.

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