I have just retired from public education after 42 years of teaching. I now teach re-certification courses for teachers at the local college during the summer. I train them to use the CPOI method of instruction, which is how I design each lesson. Each lesson I design is supported by the CPOI theory, which is based on the work of Bruner, Vgotsky, and other theorists in the field of cognition. This teaching plan has made it possible for my students to score in the 90% range on standardized tests. It works and makes teaching enjoyable!
With the demanding state standards, it can at times seem daunting as to how to teach all of the subjects. It can be done! The strategy I use was developed by the late Dr. Joan Fulton. She and I worked closely for 36 years. She was not only my colleague and former professor but a very dear friend. I used her approach to teach my students and it worked. The Cognitive Process of Instruction [CPOI] is a teaching strategy that is based on the four core technologies in Cognitive Science. One, the cognitive process of instruction; two, instructional planning for accountability; three, high level thinking processes; four, metacognitive strategy based tasks. Using these principles to plan and teach a lesson brings the joy back into teaching. With this strategy, category networks and strategic knowledge replace repetition, recall, and worksheets. The learning principles are based on the increase in stored knowledge. When the category network is increased each student can achieve!
Teacher of the year, Who's Who for Teachers, Cum Laude Graduate, featured in several Vriginia Education Magazine articles, presented and recognized at national ASCD conferences in Houston, Texas and New York City, as well as the Virginia ASCD conference in Williamsburg, presented at the VA Middle School Conference, participated in the SURN Project with William and Mary, presented in local school districts, and continue to train teachers in how to use this method. Wrote a PBL unit for William and Mary when I attended the class there under Dr. Joyce Van-Tassel Baska.
Graduated from the following colleges: 1. Rappahannock Community College-A.S. in Pre-Teacher Education 2. Christopher Newport University-B.A. in Education 4-7 with a concentration in American History 3. Virginia Commonwealth University-Masters in Curriculum and Instruction 4. Radford University-Endorsed as a Cognitive Teaching Specialist 5. William and Mary College-Endorsement in Gifted Education 6. Developing Capable Young People Facilitator
I own the home in which I was born. It was built for my arrival in 1947. I remodeled it twice to make it more comfortable for my mother and father, who both enjoyed it before they passed. After the passing of my mother, I remodeled it one more time for me. I have always lived in this home, because I love my home and my small town. Blossom Belle, a little She-poo who is featured in my store is the love of my life. She gives me much joy daily. The love of an animal is unconditional and always is freely given. I am blessed to have her in my life. I work very closely with my home church and head up the Distinctive Bazaar of the Northern Neck that occurs in October, November, and December. Our bazaar is unlike any church bazaar anyone has ever attended, because it is like walking into a gift shop. We tithe on our earnings and support local charities. Now that I am retired, I can spend more time creating the unique gifts.
English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Specialty, Math, Algebra, Basic Operations, Fractions, Graphing, Measurement, Other (Math), For All Subject Areas, Literature, Classroom Management, Short Stories, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Holidays/Seasonal, Black History Month, Place Value, Close Reading