On Religion, The Media and Life as a 20-something in Chicago

WEST DUNDEE — Thursday’s sixth-grade language arts class at Dundee Middle School started with five minutes for students to write freely on a topic in their journals. Teacher Kristine Pizzolato brought up a five-minute timer on the interactive whiteboard at the front of the classroom. Meantime, co-teacher Judy Yuvan wrote out the writing topic on the chalkboard: “Describe a place where people congregate. Do you know what ‘congregate’ means?” Pizzolato added, “Use your senses. What do you see, hear, smell?” It’s not all that different from the way Pizzolato and Yuvan have taught the last few years, before they became co-teachers, both agreed. They shared the same classroom at Dundee Middle years ago, Yuvan said, when teachers outnumbered classrooms at the school. And Yuvan, the learning disabilities teacher on Pizzolato’s sixth-grade teaching team, always has sat in on the other teacher’s classes with the students who are part of her caseload, she said. Only now it’s official, she said, pointing to a class schedule stuffed into one student’s binder. The schedule listed General Math, followed by both Pizzolato and Yuvan’s names. And it’s one of Community Unit School District 300’s priorities for the new school year shared with staff by the district’s Teaching and Learning Leadership Team at last month’s rally before the start of the 2011-12 year. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News.

In Uncategorized on September 20, 2011 at 10:01 am

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