Students take day off while teachers work


School may be out, but teachers will continue working.

Teachers from Sunset, Ridgeview, Maybell and East elementary schools and Craig Intermediate School (CIS) will participate in an in-service day Friday.

"The bottom line of in-service is to increase student achievement by increasing teacher effectiveness," Moffat County School District Director of Curriculum and Staff Development Janet Bohart said.

Teachers will work on curriculum matters in the morning and discuss separate school issues during the afternoon.

Elementary instructors will converge at Ridgeview Elementary to work on a new math curriculum. Consultants from the textbook company Houghton-Mifflan will be on hand to help the schools incorporate technology into the math program. A focus will be on problem solving, not just computation. A new system, Math Keys, was installed earlier this school year.

"We are trying to make teachers more comfortable on the new material," Bohart said.

CIS instructors will work on incorporating the reading and writing curriculum into all subject areas.

"(Reading and writing) should be happening in all content areas," Bohart said.

Moffat County High School instructor Katie Gray will present ideas on how to teach reading. Bohart believes having reading and writing in all content areas is a positive move.

This is the fourth full, and final, day of in-service for teachers in the district this school year. Each year before school begins, teachers go through a 2 1/2 in-service and usually have two during the year. Each school district determines topics and dates of in-service.

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