Mentoring and Support for Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers
One of my favorite books about parenting is Raising A Responsible Child by Dr. Donald Dinkmeyer and Dr. Gary D. McKay.
The book states four basic rules for assisting children assume responsibility. They are:
1. Avoid performing tasks a child can do for himself.
2. Allow time for training.
3. Ask-don’t demand.
4. Use natural and logical consequences.
As a high school teacher, I believe our days would go by so much smoother if most parents used the techniques mentioned in the book.
The “Curriculum Center–Teacher Instructional Guides” are an invaluable help to in organizing lessons and staying with the TEKS. In each of the “Instructional Strategy” sections there are “Key Questions.” To help answer the question, Is there an answer key somewhere, my best advise is that the key questions are like a summary to be used after you complete that particular section, & the answers come from your instruction materials or research that the students do in that particupar area of study. Hope this helps.
Here is the info I mentioned that I would share with you:
American Baby Magazine offers a free subscription for students in Preparation for Parenting/Child Development classes! Their address is:
American Baby Magazine
P.O. Box 37025
Boone, Iowa 50037-4025
Baby Basics has a wonderful DVD about childcare. Go to www.4baby.com for more information.
These are just a couple of great resources for you to enjoy!
We did something new this year at Canutillo High School. We just held our first Curriculum Fair! We held one for our current students a few weeks ago, and one last night for incoming freshmen and their parents. Each department had a representative set up a table to promote awareness about their courses/program.
Some of our teachers set up display boards, visuals and samples of projects & work from their students. The room was full of enthusiastic and excited students as they visited each table. I really liked this concept because it allowed us to connect with prospective students.
Both times we had our fair, I took pride in setting up the table for Family and Consumer Sciences. I owe this to the training Family and Consumer Sciences teachers are given and to my mother who instilled in me attention to detail! I displayed everything on a bright colored tablecloth. By everything I mean: The Developing Child textbook ((my favorite!), a sample of our classroom binder, other books and reading materials, samples of children’s books, albums, mobiles, and posters made by my students, educational charts, toys, RealCare babies and other dolls, a plastic bathtub with bathing supplies, a stroller/ diaper bag filled with supplies, information on safety tips, and more.
I also provided each person with a sample package of American Baby magazine/ freebies, a Baby Basics DVD, a brochure about my classes and folders that contained handouts about parenting and child development. I will get the contact information on the magazines and DVD’s and post it for those of you who are interested in obtaining them for your students.
As a teacher who truly believes in everything we Family and Consumer Sciences teachers teach, I enjoyed hearing comments such as “I really want to take this class!” and from a few parents at our fair last night, “I took this class when I was in high school and enjoyed it so much!” I am proud of what FACS is all about. We all need to continue promoting our programs and the positive benefits they provide for our students and our communities!
As an educator, there are several books that I just “have to have” near or on my desk.
Perhaps you will find these suggestions of “must haves” handy as well. They are: dictionaries (English and Spanish), thesaurus, letter-writing books, Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Creative Instructional Methods for Family and Consumer Sciences and, of course, teacher editions of classroom textbooks.
I have these books within reach at work and at home.
A copy of a map is helpful too!
I have added a PowerPoint presentation titled, Blog Directions, to the Shared link found at the top of the blog page. This presentation provides step-by-step instructions for using the blog (how to make a post, comment or upload documents). A specific password is required to access the link. If you do not have the password please contact me and I can send it to you.
The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences
It was certainly a pleasure to meet some of you at our Mid-Winter Conference. I enjoyed making connections with those of you who utilize this blog. Thank you for “prompting” me to write…We (the mentor teachers) received a listing of your requests. We will address your concerns as best we can!
Keep checking this blog for some ideas. I will be writing more soon!