BROOKSVILLE — Two Nature Coast Technical High School teachers recently addressed national conferences.
World geography teacher Marguerite Kling spoke at a conference organized by the Aspen Institute on Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C. The conference was about innovation in education.
"I was asked to participate in a panel discussion at the forum. My panel discussed 'Unleashing Innovation in Schools and Classrooms' and we were the second panel in the morning session," Kling said.
"An organization that I work with extensively, Facing History and Ourselves, was one of the organizations that was invited to attend the forum. They recommended me to serve as the educator on the panel. The Aspen Institute invited me to participate, and then graciously provided me with travel to and accommodations in Washington, D.C. It was quite an experience!
"I was also interviewed for a syndicated radio program called the Michael Eric Dyson Show, which I really enjoyed as well," she said.
Math teacher and last year's Hernando County Teacher of the Year Ed LaRose spoke at the Future Educators of America conference held Jan. 21-23 in Orlando.
"I spoke twice on Saturday with about 70-80 people in each session. The crowd consisted of high school students, college students pursuing education, and other teachers. I was asked to participate because of my Teacher of the Year honor," he said.
LaRose's talk included some skills he has found useful to keep students inspired and motivated. He suggested that teachers greet their classes at the door and immediately begin engaging them. It is useful, too, to have curriculum-based work available as soon as students enter the classroom.
He also mentioned showing students the schedule for class each day, switching classroom activities and teaching methods when possible to keep students interested.
"When we, the teachers, are willing to listen to students and show interest in their lives and their successes, they will return the favor and will be willing to listen to you, the teacher, in the classroom," he said.
Paulette Lash Ritchie, Times correspondent