2000-11-11 / Columnists

The Week at The Rock

by Stuart L. Astor

Although New York City’s Public School students were off for Election Day, teachers and staff weren’t. Tuesday, November 7 was one of several days this year devoted to "Staff Development," or improving the knowledge and skills of our Faculty. While a small number of teachers took advantage of an invitation from Beach Channel High School to attend a day of workshops at Southampton College and other individuals attended training sessions at specialized programs throughout the City, most of Far Rockaway High School’s staff attended training on site at FRHS.

A diverse set of workshops was held throughout the day. Ms. Cappell and Ms. Ramnarine of the English Department led teachers in activities designed to stimulate student research and improve response to Regents’ examinations. Mr. Persaud (Mathematics) demonstrated the effective use of graphing calculators. Assistant Principals Sileo (Science), Campo (Math) and Torres (Foreign Language) led groups about interdisciplinary approaches to the Regents’ exams.

Messengers. Taruskin, Ramnarine and Wallace (computer specialists) introduced small groups of teachers to the school’s new rolling computer carts, which enable teachers to bring an Internet-ready computer and a computer projector into any classroom in the school. Mr. Wallace also gave instruction in creating Powerpoint Presentations. Mr. Neylon (Industrial Arts) gave two workshops on "Using Education Technology to Enhance Student Outcomes." Ms. Hughes (English) demonstrated the use of videotaping in the Teacher Certification Process. Ms. Wein (English) and Ms. Setoute (paraprofessional showed two groups of teachers how to create a multicultural quilt and school aide Veronica Villar conducted a workshop on technology for FRHS paraprofessionals and school aides.

All in all, Election Day at Far Rockaway High School gave staff member the opportunity to choose among a baker’s dozen of useful programs, all professionally planned and taught.

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