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Warwick teachers participate in third annual Demo Derby at SUNY New Paltz

on November 29, 2016

On Sat., Nov. 19, three Warwick teachers participated in the New York State Master Teacher Program’s (NYSMTP) third annual Demo Derby at SUNY New Paltz. Warwick Valley Middle School science teacher Tracey Waters—herself a NYS Master Teacher—was joined by WVHS science teachers Barbara Glover and Janice O’Keeffe.

photo of three teachers at Demo Derby

WVHS science teacher Janice O’Keeffe, WVMS science teacher Tracey Waters and WVHS science teacher Barbara Glover at the Demo Derby

More than 40 teachers from many school districts participated in this year’s event.

The Demo Derby, hosted by the Mid-Hudson Master Teachers’ Student Engagement Professional Learning Team, provides the opportunity for teachers to share different ways of introducing a new topic, reinforcing a lesson or presenting a problem to provoke thought in order to engage students while enhancing the learning experience.

Participants in the Demo Derby are encouraged to provide feedback on featured demonstrations/lessons, and to make suggestions or comments to enhance the classroom experience.

For her “demo,” Barbara Glover presented an earth science activity called “Edible Plate Tectonics.” Ms. O’Keeffe presented a physical/earth science demo called “Density in a Jar,” and Mrs. Waters presented a life science/chemistry inquiry-based lab activity called “Alginate ‘squiggly wiggly’.”

“It was an awesome day of collaboration and sharing lesson activities. It was also nice to have educators from Warwick share their best practices with other educators – this is one of the goals of the Master Teacher Program,” said Mrs. Waters.

The next event to be hosted by the Mid-Hudson Master Teacher Program will be the second-annual Girls STEM Day, which was a popular and well-attended event last April. Look for registration information for girls in grades 6-8 coming soon!

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