Hello and welcome to Bryan Connect. This podcast has been developed to connect, you the listener to Bryan Middle School in Elmhurst D205 (a school district who is a national leader in future ready learning). I am your host, Jason Crockett, the assistant principal at Bryan Middle School. This year our “theme” at Bryan is “BEING CONNECTED,” so we will connect, you the listener, to our school through a number of ways, such as: in our joy, through our professional learning, how we support our students, how we deliver strong instruction, and much more. Enjoy!
Today, in Episode 7, I sit down with Mrs. Meg Hatz, Alana, Mia, Mrs. Ann Dakins, Maggie, & Emelyn to discuss a few Enrichment Experiences at Bryan Middle School.
In Mrs. Hatz's class, our middle school students learn to communicate using basic sign language (alphabet, numbers, emotions, nouns, and more). In Mrs. Dakin's "Spreading the JOY" class, students take the lead through the arts and community outreach programs.
These are only two of the many opportunities students have to grow and enhance their own learning, as we allow our students to pursue their interests through selecting their own enrichment experiences in Elmhurst D205.
Today, in Episode 6, I sit down with Ms. Heather Bolur & students Elizabeth W, Ava H, Lily R, Elizabeth K, and Alyssa P, who are members of our Bryan Student Council. They tell us a little about themselves, their interests, and their JOY! Also, they explain our leadership group, what they do, and some projects they have & will be working on. Later on, Ms. Bolur connects #BryanStuCo to our 3 C’s. Finally, some students share their “Bryan Wishes.”
Today, I sit down with Mr. Jim Tang & a 6th grader, Emilie, to discuss our 2018 Veterans Day Assembly. Mr. Tang is our SS Department Chair and head of our Veterans Day committee. He explains all the planning & preparation that went into it. Also, he acknowledges all those involved that helped make our assembly happen. Later, Emilie shares with us what her role was, some of her poem, and her personal experience on that day.
The entire BMS family was so happy to honor, spend time with, and thank those who have served our country.
In this episode, I sit down with Mrs. Joanne Ford and Mrs. Laura Johnson to discuss co-teaching - as two teachers working together with groups of students; sharing the planning, organization, delivery, and assessment of instruction, as well as the physical space. What is great about this episode, these teachers have different professional backgrounds and co-teach different classes.
In this episode, I sit down with Ms. Emily Witek and Mr. Joe Fowler to discuss Project Lead The Way (PLTW) at Bryan Middle School in Elmhurst D205. We learn about their backgrounds as teachers, their take on PLTW in both Design and Model & Computer Science courses, and the 21st century skills our students are learning! As always, we connect PLTW to the 6 C’s (specifically Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking) & we look ahead to the additional courses D205 plans to implement throughout our schools. Enjoy!
In today's episode, I sit down with our Student Support Staff (SSS) and discuss what our Multi-Tier System of Support at Bryan (MTSS) looks like at Bryan and how we are supporting our students, so every student can be successful. My guests are Lynda Fuller, Maggie Pack, Ellen Dunn, and Zach Farber (SSS)
A big part of our conversation, we discuss what is Social Emotion Learning and the “umbrella of supports!” Also, we will be following up with MTSS and hearing from some of our students in a later episode.
In this episode, I sit down with Mrs. Ann Dakins. We learn about Mrs. Dakins (background, interests, why she chose education, etc). In addition, Mrs. Dakins talks about her recent professional development opportunity with Kagan! We connected her PD to our 6 C's and our Learning & Teaching Priorities! Enjoy!