POINT PLEASANT —One Mason County teacher recently received a regional award for a unique teaching technique.
The Regional Education Service Agencies II recognized and awarded fifth-grade science teacher Carrie Burns, of Point Pleasant Intermediate School, with the Exemplary Demonstration Teacher of 2013 award at their regional council meeting in June.
“Ms. Burns is an outstanding educator who is greatly admired by students, staff and administration. She brings much honor to her school and county by being named Exemplary Teacher for RESA II,” Suzanne Dickens, superintendent of Mason County Schools, said.
Each school in a RESA II county — which includes Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo and Wayne — may nominate, by consensus, a maximum of two teachers from the same school. One experienced teacher (a teacher that has taught for one or more years) and one first-year teacher (a first-year, full time teacher) whose teaching techniques are believed to be exemplary can be nominated for one of the three teaching categories: Early Childhood Education (K-4,) Middle Childhood Education (5-8,) and Adolescent Education (9-12.) DVD recordings showcasing an exemplary teaching lesson of each nominated teacher are then sent to RESA II.
Recipients of the Exemplary Demonstration Teacher of the Year award also receive a cash award equal to the highest average two-day pay for a RESA II teacher.
Burns submitted an entry titled “Journals in Science Notebooks,” which featured an interactive and investigative science lesson in her fifth-grade classroom.
In the entry, Burns incorporated the Charleston, W Va., chemical spill into a lesson about water supply in which students worked together to create water filtering systems and individually record their experiments with different variables. Students then used the collected data to create graphs and record their conclusions in their science journals. While facilitating the lesson, Burns asked students investigative questions as they worked.
“Students were highly engaged in the lesson. This teaching technique asks students to use high-level reasoning skills and holds them accountable for their own learning and understanding of the subject matter,” Dickens said.