California Educator

December / January 2017

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as-Meen West is teaching sixth-graders how to find the least common multiple in a math class at Cesar E. Chavez Middle School, but her lesson is accomplishing much more. She is also teaching new teachers how to integrate technology with the new stan- dards, foster student engagement, and reinforce positive behavior. With 34 students at their desks — and 11 teachers sit- ting on the sidelines — West has two audiences packed into a single room, plus a reporter and a photographer. Teaching in this environment is a balancing act, but she doesn't miss a beat. Fun, interactive exercises on the Smart Board actively engage students and stimulate frenzied notetaking by the adult observers. After some collaboration time for problem-solving, West praises students who come up with the correct answers, and offers encouragement to others such as "ank you for trying" and "ank you for being a risk-taker." It's her way of letting new teachers know it's OK to take risks and try something new in their classrooms. West is one of 34 "demonstration teachers" sharing exemplary teaching practices with colleagues in San Bernardino City Unified School District's 50 Demonstration teacher Yas-Meen West works with her students as new teachers observe. San Bernardino demonstration teachers share exemplary practices with colleagues By Sherry Posnick-Goodwin Photos by Scott Buschman IT'S SHOW TIME Y 39 D E C E M B E R 2 017 / J A N U A R Y 2 018

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