Congratulations to the High School Band on their award winning performance at the TAPPS Concert Band and Sight Reading contest in Temple last Friday. They earned a top rating of Superior from all 3 judges on their stage performance and an Excellent rating on the Sight Reading performance. Mrs. Maxwell is very proud of all the hard work and dedication the students have exhibited this year. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Mrs. Barton on receiving the ISTE Certification!
What is it?
The International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) is the foremost leading organization in promoting the use of technology in the classroom. The ISTE standards create a framework for innovative, 21st century classrooms. Educators use them to guide and transform digital age learning, teaching and leading. The seven major standards include Learner, Leader, Citizen, Collaborator, Designer, Facilitator, and Analyst. Under each major standard, there are 24 sub-standards. In order to achieve certification, teachers create a massive portfolio that highlights an artifact which demonstrates competency for each of the 24 sub-standards. Less than 10 educators in the state of Texas have achieved this certification so far!
When asked why she wanted to do this, Mrs. Barton had this to say:
“I love Faith West Academy. We get to show students that God is at the center of all things, including academic knowledge. But the other thing I love about our school is that as teachers, we are encouraged to practice the most effective methods of teaching – to create lessons that truly impact our students and meet their individual needs. I really want to thank Mrs. Strickland and Mrs. Bickerstaff for giving me the opportunity to pursue the highest levels of impact in my profession.
As educators, we are preparing students for jobs that do not even exist yet. That is a very daunting responsibility. How do I know that the reading and writing skills I am teaching my 8th graders today will be sufficient for their future?
I believe the ISTE standards are the bridge between what I am teaching today and the skills students need for tomorrow. They empower students to be responsible for their own learning, accountable for their digital interactions, and resourceful in pursuing their goals. Teachers can’t always give students a choice in what they learn, but they can give them a choice in how they learn it, and how they show that they know it. I like to tell my students that I am Gandalf – not Google! The ISTE standards give me the freedom – and responsibility – to step off “the stage” of my classroom and help students to create their own path to learning. When the opportunity for this certification appeared, I believed it was a natural step in confirming my beliefs of what a 21st century classroom should be – merging technology with good pedagogy.”