2000-10-14 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Elizabeth Bratton: A Community Resource

Family and friends gathered at Roma View restaurant to celebrate the retirement of Betty Bratton. We came together to salute a teacher who is an excellent professional.

Betty Bratton taught the fifth grade for 10 years and the sixth grade for 24 years in District 19 in PS 202. Betty enjoys a love of
learning and the ability to convey this to children. She stimulated the
children in her classes to actively reach out and search for new horizons. She has an excellent method of engaging youngsters to work actively with their peers on group projects.

Betty Bratton is the type of professional who constantly challenged herself and her students. Betty strived to set up learning activities in her classroom that would allow pupils to learn through their own activities and also be able to explain things to other students.

As a fifth and sixth grade teacher, Betty applied Piaget's theory. It is
at this age that children move from concrete to formal thinking. According to Piaget during the concrete operational phase of cognitive development children show conservation concepts. They are able to adopt the viewpoint of others, can classify objects in a series and can comprehend basic relational concepts. Whereas during the formal phase of cognitive development Piaget finds that adult mature thoughts begin to surface. Thinking is characterized by deductive logic, and the consideration of various possibilities before beginning to actual solve a problem. At this stage children are engaging in
abstract thoughts and moral reasoning. They are now able to conceive and test hypothesis.

Betty has a strong theoretical background, which is rooted, in her
academic preparation for the teaching profession and the ability to utilize this knowledge to help her students apply these concepts in their school work. This knowledge is essential to being an effective teacher.

Language in the fourth and fifth grade child attains higher degrees of
differentiation in the sphere of socialization and internalization and they start to demonstrate new forms of integration. At this age they are now able to critique the environment around them realistically and to assess moral issues in an objective manner which are based on religious or moral principles and the realization that we have laws and rules.

It is crucial that we have excellent dedicated teachers in the fourth and
fifth grade as our children are moving into adulthood. Betty Bratton provided the finest education to all who were her students.

Betty Bratton has retired from teaching but she becomes a full time
community activist who serves as the chairperson of Community Board 10 and the president of the 106 Precinct Council. Good luck to Betty as she moves into another phase of her life of service to our community

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