OBEN Teachers Asked to Focus on the ‘Why’ of Learning as New Year Begins
Staff members in the Oyster Bay-School District were welcomed back to the 2017-18 school year on Superintendent’s Conference Day, Aug. 30, with motivational words from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Laura Seinfeld. During her speech, she challenged them to impress upon their students the “why” of learning what they are learning to ensure that lessons are relevant and engaging.
“We have spoken about the “new 3R’s,” rigor, relevance, and relationships, and I ask you to continue your hard work this year as we bring the 3R’s to new heights,” she said… This year, as you plan and implement our curriculum and an instructional program focused on rigor and relevance, consider three questions we can all ask our students: What am I learning? Why am I learning this? And how will I know what good work looks like?”
The theme of relevance was punctuated by Oyster Bay High School Student Council President Lindsey Tiberia who offered her personal experience with teachers who taught lessons that had meaning to the lives of students. “It make all the difference,” she said. A short video that brought that concept to life was also presented.
Under the direction of Ms. Meagan Finnerty, the event opened with a musical selection of “For Good,” from the high school Chamber Singers. Dr. Seinfeld took the opportunity to introduce new staff members and provide an update on capital improvement projects that took place in each building over the summer. Faculty members then broke up into small groups for professional development sessions.
Teachers ponder the inspirational speeches delivered on Superintendent's Conference Day, Aug. 30.
Oyster Bay High School Student Council President Lindsey Tiberia speaks about relevance in the classroom.
The Board of Education applauds as new staff is announced.