Mrs. Moore

Walking by Mrs. Moore’s class, you notice a smell of sawdust in the air. It reminds me of my dad’s garage in the summer time: the buzzing of the saw, wood chips flying, and sawdust blowing in the breeze. This time, however, it isn’t my dad, but our eagles busy constructing!

Our eagles are amazing. They designed, planned, and engineered 125 wooden board games that were distributed through the Goochland Family Services in the Holiday Meal distributions.  What a way to tackle 21st century skills!

If you see Mrs. Moore, please thank her for affording our eagles the opportunity to help our community.

Want to find out more about Mrs. Moore’s classes? Click here.

Mrs. Barnes

If you ever venture into Mrs. Barnes’ class, you would experience a multitude of teaching strategies targeted to engage her students. I have witnessed her students play verb games in big circles, participate in vocabulary stations using manipulatives, create mini-skits and converse in Spanish, use technology to help create their own situational contexts to personalize the language, and throw a Cinco de Mayo celebration complete with an authentic Spanish restaurant where her students play various roles (e.g. server, hostess, etc.) and invite us in as patrons!

Mrs. Barnes does it ALL to keep it interesting!

On this particular day, I was invited in to be student in a Spanish class! Allow me to clarify. Mrs. Barnes, a few weeks prior, decided that her students were to be teachers. She gave them instructions to create their own lesson plans that they would implement within their own “classrooms!” Their lesson plans had to be engaging and had to effectively use technology to teach Spanish.  She then invited their parents into her classes to participate as students!

This was an incredibly empowering approach to help students increase their confidence in Spanish class! Way to go, Mrs. Barnes!

Want to learn more about Mrs. Barnes class? Please see La Clase de Señora Barnes.

Mr. Neufer

Upon entering Mr. Neufer’s class, I was pleasantly surprised to see math students up and out of their desks! He had set up groups of three to four students around the perimeter of his room and posted a big sheet of paper on the wall next to each group. On the paper was a graph; different for each group. He then instructed his students to create a story dependent upon their interpretation of the graph. He constantly roamed the room checking for understanding and giving encouragement as well as redirecting when a group was having trouble. The stories took about twenty minutes to complete then Mr. Neufer asked his students to take their original seats. Once seated, Mr. Neufer began to relate the activity they’d completed to their homework and to the objective of the day!

Not only was the collaboration refreshing, but the students were completely engaged and could easily explain what the objective was to me! Well done, Mr. Neufer! You have courageously stepped out of the box!
Want to know more about Mr. Neufer’s classes? Check out Mr. Neufer’s blog.

Excellent Teacher!

Please allow me to introduce to you one of four State Finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, Mrs. Anne Moore, GMS teacher (extraordinaire)! One of the finalists will win, not only the honor, but $10,000.00! Please keep your fingers crossed for Mrs. Moore!

Last week, Mr. Newman, GHS principal, and I attended the Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) banquet dinner in honor of Mrs. Moore and I was able to snap a few pictures!

Mrs. Moore receiving her award!


Mrs. Moore and the three other finalists