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West Ranch High faculty observe elementary teachers

Posted: November 8, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: November 8, 2011 1:30 a.m.

From left, Newhall School District Superintendent Marc Winger, Oak Hills Elementary School Principal Luis M. Gamarra, West Ranch High School Principal Bob Vincent, Hart district superintendent Rob Challinor, West Ranch student Alyssa Smith and health teacher Terri Sage observe an Oak Hills Elementary School class on Oct. 18.

For the first time in the history of the William S. Hart Union High School District, the West Ranch High School faculty spent a day observing teachers of various elementary schools on Oct. 18.

The goal of the articulation was to improve the practice of educators by applying certain elementary school teaching methods in the high school classroom.

Fifty-three two-person teams of teachers and counselors spent time observing primary and upper-grade classes at Oak Hills, Pico Canyon and Stevenson Ranch elementary schools.

In the classes, West Ranch staff looked for teaching techniques such as classroom organization, higher-level questioning, pacing and transitions that can better influence the high school classroom environment. Also in attendance was Marc Winger, superintendent of the Newhall School District, and Rob Challinor, Hart district superintendent.

“The biggest thing I can take away from my experience was the great use of transitions, time management, and the positive energy that was enforced in the classroom,” West Ranch teacher Casey Burrill said.

Todd Arrowsmith expressed that the teacher’s “interaction and patience with students made for a great learning environment,” while teacher Terri Sage said. “The technologies used in the elementary school were very advanced and I would like to start utilizing them in my classroom.”

This event was organized by West Ranch Principal Bob Vincent.

“I wanted our staff to observe the wonderful teaching that takes place at our local elementary schools and to incorporate some of those techniques at West Ranch High School,” he said. “The day after the classroom visits, the West Ranch teachers shared what they learned at a staff-development faculty meeting where a Google Doc(ument) survey was conducted.”


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