This past Friday, I was excited to welcome four gifted and talented teachers from DeSoto ISD (which is outside of Dallas). I met one of the teachers (Cecelia) during my presentation at the Texas Association of Gifted and Talented conference in the fall. My presentation was about the importance of using the students' interests when teaching and building your classroom community. Cecelia contact me about coming for visit to learn more about the Schoolwide Enrichment Model and how we use the interests of our students in planning our lessons and curriculum.
Cecelia, Janet, Debbie and Elizabeth left DeSoto early Friday morning and made it to Laurel Mountain by 7:30 am. I had the pleasure to tour them around the 2nd and 3rd grade enrichment clusters and show off the talents of our students and teachers. After the tour, Jan Richards and I answered their questions about SEM, interest surveys, enrichment cluster, E-slot and more.
It was a great morning. I always enjoy sharing the amazing things we do at Laurel Mountain with our guests. The four ladies were going to take all the information from the morning and share it with their principals and staff at "home". My hope that their principals will want to come down for a visit later in the spring.
At the end of this month, we will have another visit from our friends in Coppell ISD. How exciting that schools from across the state are finding out about SEM at Laurel Mountain and are wanting to come "check us out". I think that speaks volumes to the amazing work that our teachers, staff and students achieve everyday in our classrooms. Our doors are always open.
Continuing to develop the whole child...