Grover C Fields teachers transition classrooms from a teaching system into a learning system
On December 7, 2019, the Craven County Board of Education and Grover C. Fields Middle School recognized a group of teachers that have transitioned classrooms from a teaching system into a learning system. In the texts, “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and “If You Give a Pig a Pancake”, the stories discuss how one individual event triggers a chain of other events that lead to additional adventures for their characters. Transfer this same thinking to when you give teachers a challenge for transforming their classrooms from a teaching system to a learning system and watch the magic happen.
At Grover C. Fields Middle School, there is a group of teachers who are the pioneers for helping our school transition from a traditional teaching system to one in which there are multiple facilitators of learning in the classroom. They form partnerships with their students in which they set and communicate clear directions for student learning and they also engage students in the continuous improvement (PDSA) of the classroom learning process. They recognize that the true strength in our classroom lies in the collaboration of learners, not in the knowledge of one expert and they apply this strength in working to design meaningful experiences as part of the learning system in the classroom.
Katie Martin has said, “when we tell learners to complete an assignment, we get compliance; when we empower learners to investigate how to make an impact on the world, we inspire problem solvers and innovators”. This is the work that they do on a daily basis. It is with great pride that we recognize the following teachers for demonstrating leadership in their classrooms: Mr. Randal Siler, Mr. Matt Bowman, Ms. Berma Rouse, Ms. Paige Dixon, Ms. Kristin Lane, Ms. Jodi Elbing, and Ms. Marie Davis. Thank you for being the pioneers for progress at Grover C. Fields Middle School.