NPS Teachers reported for duty the last week of August to get ready for the 2014-2015 school year. Teachers prepared their classrooms and attended professional development sessions to enhance their skills in the teaching and learning process. At NPS we are continuing the use of Thinking Maps in order to assist all students with their higher order thinking skills and writing skills. Teachers in grades K-8 will continue to learn about how to use Thinking Maps throughout the school year.
Teachers in K-2 attended a session on improving math instruction at the elementary level while teachers in grades 3-5 attended a session on improving science instruction. Both of these sessions were conducted by staff from the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District Math & Science Center. We are fortunate to have them lend their expertise and they will return to NPS at some point to follow-up on these sessions.
Finally, all K-12 teachers and principals will be taking an online course to learn about teaching and learning in the digital age. This Teacher Technology Training (T3) course is facilitated by our own staff and was made possible by a grant we received. Teachers will work on the T3 course throughout the school year during scheduled professional development (PD) time.
It has been a busy time preparing for the school year but we are excited about using what we have learned to help students!