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Monday, October 23, 2017

Teachable Moments Enhance the Learning Environment

Recently one of my friends acknowledged that she was very afraid of spiders.  She said that it did not matter what the arachnid looked like, she was terrified.  Spiders are the largest group of arachnids and they have 8 legs.  You may think they look creepy and even scary, but on the positive side, their webs help to trap annoying insects in their intricate webs.  Similarly to the way spiders trap insects in their sticky webs, children catch bits and pieces of learning.  Our teachers work diligently to create learning activities that will stick in a child’s memory. 

At the schools in the Columbia District, we work on being intentional regarding our students’ learning opportunities.  Teachers develop plans which include activities designed to enhance student achievement.  Our terrific teachers use detours and “teachable moments” to allow random events to become learning filled occasions that stick in their memory, just like bug sticks in the spider’s web.  

Increasingly, teachers are integrating technology into their learning activities in their classroom. Our
teachers engage their learners by unfolding their lesson by intentionally using technology to boost student interest and understanding.  The teachers are coming up with creative ideas to improve student achievement and to increase the capability of students to be successful problem solvers.  We are empowering our teachers to work with students to harness technology to gather information and to communicate efficiently and effectively.  Our teachers, using best practices, are striving to increase literacy and integration of technology while incorporating digital and blended learning activities into the educational environment in their classrooms.

Columbia teachers focus on what is best for their students and work to enhance their educational activities, so they may learn today, so they can become leaders in the community tomorrow.  If you are interested in learning more about Columbia, email me at or call 5175926641.

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