Lauderdale County, Miss. Certified teachers and principals from all grade levels within the Lauderdale County School System learned about new techniques they can implement in the upcoming school year this morning. Superintendent Randy Hodges says the key to a successful school year is balance.
"If you have high expectations, and you drive and push children, that's one thing we're expected to do, but at the same we want our students to enjoy their school day, school experience, and you have to balance it out."
Co-Founder and teacher at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Kim Bearden, shared her experiences over her 30 plus years of teaching. She presented her tips of how to be more effective, and how to connect better with students through her own personal anecdotes.
"We try to teach teachers the importance of what they do, the powerful role they have in students lives, and how you have to combine that passion and excitement for learning with manners, discipline, respect, how you create a climate and culture where students can learn to their very best."
Bearden is both an administrator and middle school English teacher at the Academy, and even though she is extremely busy fulfilling both of those roles, she finds time to travel all over the country and speak to groups of teachers just like the ones in Lauderdale County to try and bring fresh ideas wherever she goes.
"The most powerful thing in any school system, in any district, and we always hear about the importance of education, the most powerful thing is that classroom teacher, that person who is right there with those students each and every day, and they need to understand what an influence they have in those students' lives and the ability to be able to be successful in the future."