Learning Strategies such as Collaboration, Cooperation, Hands-On, Discovery and Project based Learning as well as Real life Scenarios, and Field Trips have been adopted by these great teachers and are utilized along with an assortment of Educational Technology such as Promethean Active Inspire, Edmodo, Microsoft PowerPoint, Finale 2014, Skype in the Classroom and Weebly. It is the goal of each teacher to create a learning environment which encourages open communication, creativity, independent thinking, and innovative learners. Meet a few of our innovative teachers at A. F. Adderley:
Art and Design Department
We are a Department of two dynamic individuals, Mrs S Edwards and Ms S Gumbs, inspiring young minds with creativity. Our students are encouraged to expand on discussed topics in order to produce one of kind pieces which reflect their design concepts and individuality. Students are encouraged to research and document the process of creating and crafting their projects. Local and found items are the main materials utilized in the creation of each piece as this helps to increase the awareness of recycling products for artistic purposes with our students. We are big proponents of Recycle Art and our students have developed an appreciation for the Art form as well. We encourage student collaboration, peer mentoring, peer assessment and self-assessment. YouTube, Google and Bing search are utilized quite frequently in and out the classroom to assist with the development of all of their pieces. The main strategies used this year were student collaboration, cooperative learning, hands-on learning, and project based learning while using Edmodo, Weebly and Skype in the classroom.
Can you feel the rhythm of the beat? Here at A. F. Adderley we have a dynamic Music Department which house our outstanding Champion band. The band director is Mr S. Davis who is an energetic and explosive leader. His passion for music is evident in the performance of his students. Any hour of the school day, sounds and beats can be heard flowing out of his room with the students hitting every note and caressing every key. With the use of Finale 2014, music is arranged and worksheets are produced for the students. Information is also uploaded on Edmodo for student collaboration and assessment.
With an exciting and dynamic team in the Mathematics department, our students are introduced to a variety of learning strategies. One of our innovative teachers Ms S Symonette ensures her classroom remains fresh and lively. Her top five sites used with her learners are Sheppardsoftware.com, Math playground, BBC GCSE bitesize math, Cimt Plymouth project, kanacademy.org, and the Bahamas government department of statistics website (for statistical analysis). Her favorite activities include having the students take photos and create videos and power point lessons of their findings. This year, their videos were used to simulate a food network style show to demonstrate the use of math in the kitchen.
With variety of skills and knowledge acquired in this Department, it is imperative that Ms S. Johnson remain innovative in order to captivate her learners. She has adopted a variety of learning strategies such as peer share, collaboration, and discovery learning. Her main goal is to empower her students to become not only great learners but great leaders. Her students are encouraged to create lessons for their selected topics and create power point presentations to teach their peers. Ms Johnson has found this strategy to be most success and her students have happily accepted the challenge and rose to the occasion. Skype in the classroom has also been added to her list of strategies and will be explored further in the coming school year.
Promethean lessons and games created with the Active Inspire program is one of Ms S. Clarke-Munroe’s strategies. A wiz with the board, she has introduced her students to the world of interactive learning by tantalizing them with colors and rhythms. The interactive lessons help to bring a sense of excitement in classroom and inspire the students to get involved in the lessons. Other major learning strategies used in the classroom are Hands-on and Cooperative Learning. The students are allowed to perform minor experiments and participate in on-campus and off campus activities working together to achieve one common goal.
Ms L Edgecombe is one of the hardworking and dedicated teachers in the Family Life Department and she is also the Head Coordinator for one of the social clubs on campus; Sister Keeper. With this group, she uses strategies such as Discussions, Guest Speakers, and Field Trips to expose her members to challenges and solutions experienced with others around the country and the world. Community Service is also a very big part of the group’s initiative and all the members are encouraged to attend and participate in all the activities. With these efforts, she is helping to shape our young ladies one experience at a time.