SUNY Potsdam students inspired by best practices in teaching



Nineteen SUNY Potsdam students majoring in education recently participated in the Best Practices in Teaching Seminar, “Keys to Effective Teaching.” The Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) and the School of Education and Professional Studies at SUNY Potsdam sponsored the event.

Carol Rossi-Fries, clinical faculty member of the School of Education and Professional Studies and former social studies teacher at A.A. Kingston Middle School, Potsdam and 2003 New York State Teacher of the Year, presented this interactive seminar. Rossi-Fries provided an analysis of Bloom’s Taxonomy, and a thorough presentation and evaluation of the most effective principles and strategies proven useful in promoting equitable classroom management, developing rewarding lessons and maintaining student interest and participation in the classroom.

Rossi-Fries involved the participants through illustrated instructional guidelines, handouts, discussions and cooperative learning exercises. Rossi-Fries guided participants in a lesson applicable to many grade levels to demonstrate how the use of interdisciplinary subject materials can strengthen students’ understanding of the subject matter.

“Participants rated this seminar an excellent presentation of the best strategies and methods to help them become effective teachers of all the students in their classrooms,” stated Diana Fisher, director of TOC and Student Support Services at SUNY Potsdam.

The TOC grant is funded by the New York State Education Department Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs Teacher Development Programs Unit and SUNY Potsdam.

Pictured are: Front Row (l-r): Jarod Longmore, Willie McKnight, Carol Rossi-Fries (presenter), Amanda Pagliaro, Shayna Stewart, Diana Dupelycz

Second Row (l-r): Stephanie Warnekros, Andrea Walldroff, Rebekah Steckly, Nicole Feml, Kathryn Liscum, Rebecca Winfree, Michele Kendall, Michelle White

Third Row (l-r): Stephanie Widziniski, Craig Duenisch, Matthew Strickland, Ken Nesbitt, Justin Fletcher, Maira Engelhardt