Friday, October 10, 2014

Teach Like a Bengal at STE!

I had a great visit at Stanleytown Elementary last week.  I was impressed with how hard the teachers and staff are working to increase student achievement.  The school has taken on the theme, "Facing the Giants."  The Stanleytown faculty and staff plan to use this motto this year to support their efforts to rally together to meet the challenges ahead.  I was very intrigued by the bulletin board that I saw when I entered the school.  It simply stated, "Teach Like A Bengal."  The letters in B-E-N-G-A-L were used to create the acrostic poem noted in the picture below.

Bulletin Board at Stanleytown Elementary
I like the bulletin board for several reasons.  For one thing, it sets the expectation for all of the professionals in the building to follow.  Staff members have made the commitment to approach their work with enthusiasm.  In addition, they are focused on adapting their instruction to meet student needs and networking together to improve their professional practice.  I also like the focus on goal-setting.  As educators, we frequently set goals for our students.  However, it is important for us to also set challenging goals for ourselves in order to continually improve our teaching practices.  Finally, leading and learning are additional traits that all great teachers must possess.  We certainly expect our students to learn a great deal each day, and we hope to see growth in their achievement over the course of a school year.  What about teachers?  It is evident that the teachers at Stanleytown see the importance of  continuous learning for themselves.  If we are going to be better teachers, we need to be lifelong learners.  In addition, we can always learn a great deal from our colleagues!

Although this seemed like a simple bulletin board display in the hallway at Stanleytown Elementary, it delivers a powerful message.  It lets everyone know that the teachers and staff at this school have made a commitment to do whatever it takes to serve the students in their care.  I'm looking forward to visiting the school in the future to see these traits in action.  Stanleytown has certainly inspired me to "Lead Like a Bengal!"

Goal 2: High Quality Professionals

Note:  There is also a great bulletin board for students that says, "learn like a Bengal!"

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