Although Brad Brown comes from a family of teachers, he wasn’t necessarily “expected to follow in their footsteps,” he says. But, “when I reached maturity, for want of a better word, I realized teaching was the most meaningful work I'd found in all my years of searching for my calling.” An educator since 1999, Mr. Brown earned a B.A. in theatre arts from the University of Southern California and a M.A. in educational psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver. Were he not a teacher, Mr. Brown would be a professional writer. “And, in fact, I am! This year a song I co-wrote, ‘E=mc2,’ was published and recorded on Modern Songbook Records. I also collaborate regularly with my other half on her one-woman show called ‘Einstein's Girl,’ which has played to sold out audiences on both coasts. I love writing and sharing that love with my students.
As to Mr. Brown’s favorite moment as a teacher? “I suppose I'm not alone as a teacher in enjoying the moment when a former student makes [...Read More]
(Via Hyattsville Patch) Students and staff from Chelsea School visited the White House on November 13 for the 2013 Disability Mentoring Day in honor of October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The White House hosted 20 high school juniors and seniors with disabilities from five Washington-area high schools – the Chelsea School (Hyattsville, MD), Cardozo Education Campus (Washington, DC), Eleanor Roosevelt High School (Prince George’s County, MD), Falls Church High School (Fairfax County, VA) and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (Washington, DC). Mentors shared their personal experiences living and succeeding with disabilities and discussed their insights into varied career choices. Students also discussed “soft skills to pay the bills” for workplace success and learned [read more...]
Chelsea School Teachers at this Year’s MANSEF Conference
Sabre Goldman, social studies teacher and coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Studies Department, presented on Integrating Mobile Devices and Social Media into Study. Ms. Goldman’s seminar focused on using automatic reminders, digital task lists, graphic organizers, detailed assignment expectations and other helpful study aids that are imbedded in the technology that our students use every day. The effectiveness of specific smart phone and tablet applications was presented, along with best-practice methods for incorporating them in education.
Our middle school science and math teacher, Amy Isaacson, who has been studying multisensory and kinesthetic math strategies for several years, presented on the CRA Approach to Teaching Math. CRA stands for Concrete, Representational to Abstract. This method relies on hemisphere integration to activate both sides of the brain through physical and symbolic representations of mathematical concepts. Ms. Isaacson has used this method with great success with students in our middle school who struggle with numeracy.
Chelsea School’s Spanish language teacher, Arelle Hughes, gave a presentation entitled Foreign Language Teachers: Wake Up and Smell the CI! (CI stands for comprehensible input) [read more...]
Almost-daily advances in technology influence our students’education and daily life. Foryears, Chelsea School has utilized technology to allowour bright students access to challenging reading material that maybebeyond their current levels. Now that same technology is portable and can be accessed beyond theschool walls.
To ensure that our students have access to our technology,we’ve created a“TechMobile” that is its homes to provide our families any support needed to set up Internet and software applications.
Beyond using technology as a teaching medium, manyofour students thrive in advanced technology classes. For example, a“headshot” was needed for this article. I didn’t think a current one existed but there I was in the year book. The graphics class “created” that reality with Photoshop. We see the trend in technology as an incredible opportunity for developing our students into the independent lifelong learners we want them to be. [Read more...]
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