Training for new teachers

Aug. 15, 2014 @ 08:27 AM

Rutherford County Schools held new teacher training this week in preparation for the first teacher work day on Monday, Aug. 18.

The beginning teacher orientation and training was held at East Rutherford High School on Wednesday and Thursday. New teachers learned about policies and expectations, classroom management, insurance and received advice from experienced teachers.

"They are doing really well," Amy Hopps, Chase Middle School assistant principal and facilitator of the training, said. "They've been so attentive and interactive with each other. They have asked good questions and tried to soak up as much information as they can."

The training began Wednesday with discussions on instructional best practices with teachers Shawn Parker, Lindsay Mays and Joy VanDyke. They also heard from speakers Keyth Harrison and Sharon Lowery from the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and Teri Wells from the Professional Educators of North Carolina (PENC).

The teachers received their laptops and technology training from instructional technology facilitators on Thursday.

Hopps said the school system began the technology training for new teachers when the Going G.L.O.B.A.L. initiative began.

On Thursday teachers went over MacBook basics, learned about the Angel online grading system and went through email procedures.

"We realized we needed training time for new teachers on the technology so they would have a head start going into the classroom," Hopps said. "For a lot of people this is the first time they have used a MacBook."

The training week concludes today with the beginning teacher breakfast.