SEASIDE >> Students in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District return to the classrooms on Wednesday, and in preparation for their return, about 1,000 teachers, administrators and non-teaching staff gathered Monday at a back-to-school kickoff.
The all-day event has become a tradition for the district, and it features inspirational speeches, training, and camaraderie.
Workshops are largely provided by the teachers themselves, and it’s something that many said they appreciated.
“Before it was administrators or outside consultants,” said Geoff Tibbitts, a social sciences and ceramics teacher at Monterey High School.
“We have so many talented instructors in the district, why should we go outside?” said Geoff Von Saltza, biology instructor at Monterey High.
Training is focused on practical skills for teachers such as using video as an instructional tool or learning how to conduct a classroom discussion using the Socratic method.
“It’s cool to see collaboration in action,” said Naomi Catterlin, a new teacher at Seaside Middle School. “I took the session in Socratic Seminar and we received a lot of strategies, topics and resources.”
Bea Mendoza, Catterlin’s seventh grade co-teacher, said she learned a lot in the discussion she attended on the hurdles students face.
“We know they’re struggling, but it was good to talk about our students’ struggles openly with other teachers,” Mendoza said.
District administrators have also included classified staff in the trainings, but this year the day-long session also included personnel in the facilities, maintenance, transportation, and nutrition departments,…
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