Category Archives: Professional Development

Fresh Ideas in the Classroom

Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy teachers have many opportunities to attend conferences in Florida and nationwide. These enriching experiences give teachers fresh classroom ideas for instruction and lesson activities. Mrs. Stephanie Boates, our sixth grade science teacher, attended the Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) conference in Miami, Florida. Mrs. Boates enthusiastically returned to her sixth grade science students with a wealth of information.

boatesMrs. Boates commented, “I am always amazed at what teachers create and are willing to share with their colleagues and this conference was no exception. My only wish is to have two-hour science classes, so that I could pass this new knowledge on to my students.”

The FAST Conference

The conference began Thursday evening with a tour of the Fairchild Botanic Gardens in Coral Gables. This 83 acre garden was full of incredibly beautiful plants and even had an indoor butterfly garden. Fairchild hosts school and youth programs and also has science labs for graduate studies on their premises; their website alone is full of downloadable lesson plans for the science teacher. On Friday and Saturday, I attended classes on Science Olympiad, simplifying science fair projects, solar ovens, engineering and design, TedTalks, and FOSS (Full Option Science System) notebooks. Continue reading Fresh Ideas in the Classroom