Working together as a team is always a positive experience for teachers who wish to improve the educational experience for their students, learn from each other, and grow professionally. The Fletcher School’s ongoing professional development programs create opportunities for all teachers to learn and practice new skills, share ideas, and work on common goals to increase teaching efficacy. Fletcher’s second grade team is now expanding their knowledge by creating their own customized informal workshops for lower school teachers.
Following the model set by Fletcher’s professional development programs, second grade teacher Christi Kubeck taught teachers how to use QR codes in their classrooms. QR codes are a great way to engage and motivate students by incorporating added interest and movement into reading, writing, and information processing. Ms. Kubeck shared her extensive technology knowledge and volunteered her time to assist lower school teachers who signed up for the activities.
The teachers began with a discussion around innovative uses for QR codes to enhance their multisensory lessons.
Some stimulating lesson ideas included:
- Orton-Gilling rules, including
- CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant)
- the “rabbit rule” (when to double middle consonants)
- Syllable division
- Math flash cards
- Subjects and predicates
- Government: American symbols, eg. The Statue of Liberty
Through hands-on, step-by-step instruction, Ms. Kubeck led teachers through the steps of creating, laminating, and cutting out QR codes. QR Code Generator was used to create the codes, and the i-nigma app was used for QR code scanning. Multi-colored papers, pictures, videos, and a variety of intriguing content were included to customize the final products. The teachers had ample time to gain instruction on the process, work to finish their lesson materials, and practice how they would be used in class with students.
Teachers emerged from the experience enthused about the experience and ready to replicate the use of QR codes in the classrooms with additional content. The teachers also reported feeling energized through their group conversations and appreciated the opportunity for additional camaraderie and creativity. Kudos to Ms. Christi Kubeck for leading this effort by sharing her time and expertise with colleagues!