Ti teachers learn to 'connect and communicate'

TICONDEROGA - Ti High School teachers Debbie Breitenbach and Amy Crannell participated in this year's Symposium for High School and College English Teachers hosted by Adirondack Community College, entitled "Connecting and Communicating."

The Symposium sessions, including a working lunch, provided extensive opportunities for educators to learn from experts in various aspects of communication on the college level as well as sharing with one another the challenges and successes of strategies used in schools throughout the region.

Included in the sessions were a panel discussion in which teachers, professors, high school students, newly minted college students, and recent graduates looked at "Bridging the Expectation Gap" between what we do and think we need to do in high school and what is actually required of students when they get to college.

Other sessions dealt with the potential benefits and evils of text messaging, the advantages and pitfalls of on-line college courses, supporting non-traditional students, creative approaches to the study of grammar and motivating senior high school students up to graduation.

A piece shared by the ACC staff was an excerpt from Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture entitled "No Job is Beneath You." The idea put forward is that good honest work isn't beneath anyone; everybody earns his/her way up the ladder of success.

Both teachers agree that symposia of this kind as well as other conferences offered throughout the year promote ever better instruction, helping to maintain Ticonderoga's ongoing goals of educational excellence and increasing equity among the students of the community.

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