Articles written by Jeanne Dejong

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Teaching Everyone Depends On Everyone

“The mission of Transylvania County Schools is to prepare students to become caring and productive citizens in an ever-changing society through the shared responsibility of students, parents, educators, and the community.” Every day the young stu...

 

Thankful For Education Every Day…

Why is education important? What is something important you have learned in school? What type of teaching helps you learn? What is something cool you have learned? How is your fifth grade mind different from your mind as a kindergartener? These...

 

Everyday Education - PLCs: Professional Learning Communities

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) defined: an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action research to achieve better results for the students they serve. That is a mouthful and...

 

Everyday Education - 'Good News' Alumni Report

The Transylvania County school year is winding down and the high school graduates are preparing to go out in the world, joining the many other alumni who have gone through our great school system. At each Transylvania County School Board meeting a...

 

Teachers And The Great Economic Debate

In February I had the privilege of attending the Emerging Issues Forum: Teachers and the Great Economic Debate: How do we train, retain and support world-class teachers in every classroom to secure NC’s future competitiveness? The forum, in its 29t... Full story

 

Transylvania Schools Teach 'Super Skills'

They are called the “Super Skills” for the 21st Century, the 4 Cs: • Critical thinking and problem solving; • Communication; • Collaboration; and • Creativity and innovation These are important skills for our students to develop in order... Full story

 

Thinking Math In Elementary Schools

By Jeanne DeJong Count to 100 by ones and by tens. Tell and write time in hours and half-hours using analog and digital clocks. Add up to four two-digit numbers using strategies based on place value and properties of operations. Partition shapes... Full story

 

Social Studies: Developing Good Citizens

In elementary schools social studies is often the subject that is “left behind,” at least in the traditional sense. Time may not be blocked off each day for a specific “social studies” time. We may feel like the subject is being neglected,... Full story

 

Hands On/Minds On: Science In Elementary Schools

“Hands on/Minds on!” That is science in the Transylvania County elementary schools. We use The North Carolina Essential Standards, which are carefully constructed to build scientific concepts from grade to grade. “Unifying” concepts across... Full story

 

Reading: Connecting Your Child To The World – Brevard NC

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss Reading, is the single most important thing that we learn. From the moment we are born we are surrounded by words. Words are...

 

Take Your Child On A Math Hunt

How many of us have said or heard someone say, “I was never good at math?” Too many times that is how we think. But in reality, we are all good at math. We use it every day. We tend to think of math as just numbers, but those numbers have little...

 

Common Core Standards Are In Classrooms

What is my child being taught in school? When will my child be taught to tell time? When should I be helping my child determine the meaning of new words from what they are reading? The answers can be found in the Common Core State Standards, adopted...

 

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