Seven R.I. teachers pen lesson plans for book
By Robin J. Youngblood, Staff writer
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Cindy Arkebauer and Angie Brownson from Eugene Field, Berni Carmack from
Horace Mann, Charlotte Hartmann from Audubon,
They are writing the 160-page book, with 108 lesson plans for kindergarten through the fifth grade, for the American Society for Quality. When it's published in September, the society will promote and sell it online and in major book stores nationwide.
The book will focus on the Illinois Learning Standards and the Koalaty Kid's Plan-Do-Study-Act process. About a third of it is written. Their deadline is the end of June.
The society will pay teachers for each lesson plan. They may write only during non-school hours. Jay Marino, assistant superintendent of curriculum, who will help edit the book, also will receive royalties from book sales but not from books sold in the Rock Island-Milan district, he said.
Rock Island-Milan was the only district asked to contribute to the book, Mr. Marino said.
The society chose
Koalaty Kid gives students tools to develop a ``Plan-Do-Study-Act'' plan. Tools include flow-charts, diagrams and brainstorming techniques to use in the student's improvement plan.
It even can help solve school-wide issues, such as raising test scores in a subject.
The society also chose
The seven teacher-writers are Koalaty Kid facilitators who help other teachers with the program. The district has about 15 facilitators.
Some of the seven teachers said writing the book has been a good learning experience.
Ms. Slininger said she is testing some of her lesson plans for the book on her students.
``Someone reading my lesson plan -- it's really sort of an honor,'' she said. ``I was excited to be included.''
Ms. Arkebauer and the other teachers write a little at a time to meet deadlines at the end of April and at the end of May.
``I was very excited to have the opportunity to first be published ... and also to share my knowledge and gain new knowledge,'' she said. ``I'm also doing this book to have growth as a professional.''
Ms. Schoening said she could have used a book that helped make her job easier when she started teaching. Teachers who read the book can start using Koalaty Kid in their classroom within minutes, Ms. Schoening said.
``We really love this process and want to make it as user-friendly as possible,'' she said.
Staff writer Robin Youngblood can be reached at (309) 786-6441, Ext. 257, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.