Jazmyne Stephens '14
Randolph-Macon College faculty members recently joined Education Department instructors
and students for a workshop titled Engaging Students in Your Content Area: Strategies
That Work. The workshop was held in the Multi-purpose Room in
Dillon Hollins ’14, an English
major and education minor, joined Brenda Davis,
chair of the Education Department, to elaborate on digital storytelling, and Education
Professor Michael Mudd ’97 enthralled the audience with his description
of using Twitter as a reflective practice with his students.
Mudd and Education Professor Leslie Roberson presented Tips and Strategies to Enrich
Student-led Discussions, which follows the constructivist theory that greater learning
occurs when students generate their own talk and construct their own meaning. Faculty
members tested this theory by participating in Think-Pair-Share, Sticky Note Conversations
and Seed Discussions.
Aliya Headley ’13, a French
and English major who is minoring in education, teamed up with Roberson to discuss
alternative ways to approach reading assignments with an explanation of “graffiti
journaling” and glogster.com, a global education platform.
Education Professor Diana Yesbeck and her students, Jamie Ramsey ’15
(studio art major and education minor), and
Jazmyne Stephens ’14 (sociology
major and education minor), concluded the workshop by illustrating how to use Choice
Boards as a form of differentiated assessment. A Choice Board is a “menu” of tasks
designed to offer students options to synthesize what they have learned based on
their interests, learning profiles and readiness.
Sociology Professor Amy Armenia, who attended the workshop, said, “What was great
about this workshop was that it gave me new ideas where I didn’t even know I needed
them! I hope the Education Department does this again.”
“The Education Department looks forward to providing more instructional workshops
in the future,” says Roberson, who serves as director of Teacher Preparation and
Educational Outreach at R-MC. “We encourage instructors to let us know how we can
help in their efforts to provide highly effective instruction to their students.”