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Reed Elementary Welcomes Great Expectations Guests

Photo of Ethel Reed Elementary welcoming GE Guests
 WELCOME GUESTS – Ethel M. Reed was visited by Great Expectations Mentor Toni Shamley and Great Expectations Instructor
Jana Oder on Friday, January 30. Oder offered the Reed teachers a short sample of her “Throw Out the Worksheet” presentation.
Pictured are (left to right): Reed Elementary Principal Danielle Patterson; Reed teacher Krista Tatum;
Great Expectations Mentor Toni Shamley; Reed teachers Breanna Sanford, Beth Babb, Brittney Mathis,
Savannah Blood, Kelly Ledo, Danny Sipes, and Great Expectations Instructor Jana Oder.

Ethel M. Reed teachers enjoyed an entertaining and informative visit from Great Expectations Mentor Toni Shamley and Great Expectations Instructor Janna Oder on Friday, January 30.  Oder stated that she shared with the Holdenville teaching staff part of a presentation called “Throw Out the Worksheets,” The Reed teachers enjoyed approximately one hour and fifteen minutes of a fourteen-hour presentation that she offers during the summer.

The focus of the presentation is to have teachers set aside their worksheets and get students up and moving and engaged and having fun learning, Oder explained.

“It was fun watching the students walk by, because they were taken aback to see their teachers acting so silly,” Oder said with a smile. “The teachers loved it!”

Afterwards the students were eager to learn when they were going to get to try what they saw their teachers doing.

Shamley noted that Reed Elementary has been a Great Expectations Model School for the past ten years, and is currently working towards their eleventh year. Shamley also had high praise for Principal Patterson, stating that the community should be very proud of her because she does a very good job, and it all starts at the top.

According to the website, Great Expectations is a non-profit foundation that provides intensive professional development to teachers and administrators. The basic principles of the program are: high expectations for students, a learning climate based on mutual respect between student and teacher, student self-esteem, a belief that all students can learn, positive teacher attitude, and highly skilled and knowledgeable teachers who inspire and enable students to achieve success.

Based on Great Expectations theory implementation, there are three categories of recognition, including Transitional School, Progressive School and Model School. The Model School designation means that the school is a showcase for the rewarding benefits the highly acclaimed Great Expectations program provides students, faculty, staff, parents and the community, and it will be visited by other schools/districts that want to follow in their footsteps.

To be named a Great Expectations Model School, over 90 percent of the teachers must successfully implement all of the classroom practices. The school’s principal must also model the classroom practices, and the school needs to serve as a standard that other administrators and educators can visit and learn from.

Great Expectations instructors, who are educators themselves, model the learning strategies and community-building activities they use successfully in their own classrooms in order to train other educators.

More than 44,000 educators have attended Great Expectations training since 1991, and more than 250,000 students are taught by Great Expectations teachers every year. There are currently trained educators in 18 states in America, the Virgin Islands, Mexico and Japan.

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