Brighton Central School District held its annual TEaCH Fest virtually on July 8. Over 120 teachers participated in the professional development sessions led by District teachers. The goal was to implement lessons learned from emergency online teaching and improve our virtual teaching practices to prepare for the possibility of continuing that in the fall.
The sessions offered included: Creating instructional videos; culturally relevant instruction in an online classroom; lessons on Schoology, SeeSaw and OneNote; helping students avoid plagiarism and become better writers using Turnitin; building community for students; four types of discussions that apply to online and face-to-face learning; and developing an organized daily curriculum that keeps kids engaged.
Participating teachers were able to attend six one-hour sessions over the course of the day. They left the conference excited about the new knowledge and tools they can use in their instruction.
“We still have many unknowns for the upcoming school year,” one teacher said in their evaluation of the day. “However, TEaCH Fest fully supported work that can happen if we are teaching online, face to face, or in a hybrid model.”
“I hope that TEaCH Fest will continue next year and beyond,” another teacher said. “It is this type of learning that sets us apart from other districts. It is ‘very Brighton’ and we should make sure that it is a time honored tradition!”