Albemarle County Teachers Take Over the Classroom

Public school students in Albemarle County were out of school Monday but teachers were in the classroom.

Nearly a thousand Albemarle County Public School teachers gathered today at Western Albemarle High School to take out their own notebooks and start taking notes. It was a day devoted entirely to professional development called "Making Connections 2012".

The feet walking the halls of Western Albemarle High School aren't those of students, it's the teachers.

The Albemarle County Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning, Billy Haun, said, "It's just really a great opportunity for growth for our teachers but to learn from within the people in our division what each person is doing."

This is the 9th year the school district has brought together all of the teachers and administration to present to each other the ideas that work in their own classrooms.

"It allows us to grow as teachers and the students to grow as individuals.", said Carrie Taylor, the physics teacher at Western Albemarle High School.

Taylor has been on a journey to figure out what the 21st century classroom looks like and today she presented her her findings. "Everything rolls and there are big televisions on the walls" stated Taylor, "and kids can learn the way they want to learn. So in other words, they can make their on path through physics." There is even a floor to ceiling white board where students can work out problems.

Taylor said, " It's making a space that is comfortable and exciting to build the same passion I had."

Another presentation dives into the web discussing how to teach our children to know what is true and false on the internet.

Erica Payne, the Librarian at Meriwether Lewis Elementary, said, "Children will always need to know how to evaluate the information that is being presented to them. Whether they are in first grade and they are researching a simple topic like and animal or whether they are high school students and they are voting for the first time."

There were 200 presentations given by 300 Albemarle County Public School employees. The teachers roamed the halls just like they were students attending the presentations that interested them most.

Students will be out of class Tuesday because of election day.

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