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Area consultant talks instruction with Clay Community teachers

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Bob Osborn a Technology Education teacher at North Clay Middle School asks Education consultant Kirk Freeman a question during the teacher in service after school Differentiated Instruction Process Tuesday. [Order this photo]
Education consultant Kirk Freeman instructed teachers to throw a ball of multicolored yarn back and forth to each other while standing in a circle at the teacher in service after school Differentiated Instruction Process Tuesday. When the process was complete, Freeman explained how working together they were able to stop students from falling through the cracks, but if someone let go then they were not as strong. [Order this photo]
Kirk Freeman, an education consultant, talked to a room of 47 senior-kindergarten level Clay Community School teachers about differentiated instruction Tuesday evening.

The former social studies teacher and principal from Northview talked about working together as a unified administration.

"Students are under so much pressure from parents," Freeman said. "It isn't healthy, and teachers need to realize that the stress is there."

He reinforced working as a unified force will allow positive reinforcement and all students will learn no matter the level that they are at.

"By starting today and working as one group and approaching children at all levels within the classroom, no child will be left behind," he said. "It will also allow us to make sure that no child falls through the cracks."

Freeman took teachers through exercises that would allow them to teach a large class and still meet the goal requirements of every child.

"In a fair world, all students would be at their intended grade level, however, this is not a fair world and we have to work harder to help all of those students succeed," he said.

Teachers discussed teaching strategies and implementation methods as well as how to target students in their class to meet individualized need and how one size does not fit all in a classroom.

"If you teach a child at the level that they are at, instead of the level they are suppose to be at then they will improve," Freeman said.

"Students would rather view themselves and have everyone else view them as a trouble maker than a dummy."

Freeman also commented on students' self-esteem or lack of.

"Did you know that they average child's self esteem peaks in third-grade," he said.

"In third-grade is when children feel their best about themselves, there is something wrong with this picture."

Freeman explained how differentiation is a process not another program, and how it can be used to motivate all.

"Teaching has changed over the years," he said.

"Now we are given standards that have to be met, and we design our classes around them, but it can still be done in so that all students will learn, it may take some students longer, but it can get done."

"It was a positive evening," CCSC Director of Curriculum and Grants Kathy Knust told The Brazil Times.

"Everyone was able to walk away with knowledge that they can implement and that was the goal."

Freeman finished the presentation with a slide that stated honestly "you make a difference."

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Too bad CCSC let Dr Freeman go. He is a good role model and a great teacher.

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 6:39 AM

Maybe it isn't the teachers that need this but the corporation in general. I really think the State needs to step in and look at this corporation. I am proud of Clay City getting the Gold Star Award-too bad the rest of the schools in the county can't be as good.

-- Posted by smoke20fan on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 7:07 AM

Too bad CCSC let Dr. Freeman go? Facts might be a nice touch if you want to express your opinion on every subject in the county.

-- Posted by ucantbserious on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 11:42 AM

He isn't working for our corporation is he? They let him slip away might be a better statement. I don't believe I was wrong in the fact that he is not employed here????

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Sep 24, 2008, at 2:21 PM

Kirk Freeman is one of the good guys in education. Sounds like he continues to influence Clay Community Schools

-- Posted by scwh1974 on Thu, Sep 25, 2008, at 7:56 AM

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