Nichole Hannahs

Bringing Creativity to the Classroom

by Nichole Hannahs on January 31, 2011 at 11:50 am

The Muskingum Valley Educational Service Center hopes a mix of creativity and technology will help students experiences in the classroom.

Monday, 60 teachers from area schools took part in a seminar that promotes creating a classroom where students can expand out of the normal lectures to a learning environment that is more hands on and exciting.

"As we think about our students and the future jobs they are going to take with emphasis on the 21st Century, problem solving and the importance of being a team player. As a result they’ll be better equipped with those skills," said Assistant Superintendent at MVESC Diane Jones.

To help teachers continue to put the ideas from the seminar into practice the MVESC has created a section of their website where teachers can share ideas.

"Professional development is a hallmark of what our agency does," explained Jones. "We all have to keep growing, extending our learning and this is just one example."

"i think a big part of it is connection," added 5th Grade Teacher at Franklin Local Misty Henderson. "Getting connected with other districts, other teachers and what they’re doing. I would like to take away today some resources of what everyone else is doing and what I can do to help kids."

The keynote speaker of the seminar was Dr. Tamra Stambaugh who’s the Director of Programs for Talented Youth at Vanderbilt University. She is a former MVESC employee.