Vital Work PLC: Literacy Practices in Your CTE or Content Area Classroom. During break at the final session at Missouri Western State University on 4/27.
Vital Work Co-Facilitators, Michele Irby (Lathrop High School mathematics teacher) and Lynn Tushaus (Savannah Middle School science teacher) work together at the computer while the class is familiarizing themselves with the Vital Work Ning.
PLC participants critique each others' mini lesson demonstrations.
Dave Stewart reads over a fellow classmate's beliefs during the pre-writing response activity for the "This I Believe" essays.
Northland Career Center Vocational Prep teacher, Curt Claycomb uses his vanity plate -- "GoneFishn"--to reveal his favorite pastime.
Maryville English teacher, Nicole McGinness, shares her vanity plate--Runner--that reflects her avid interest in the sport.
Dave Stewart, Northland Career Center Diesel Tech instructor, shares his vanity plate and passion for the shooting sports.
Chef Paul Santalauria, culinary arts teacher, explains the dual meaning of his vanity plate--"Sawtay".
Northland Career Center's CSI Instructor, Darrick Bruns, shares one of the four vanity plates he thought up to introduce himself to the rest of the group in the initial Vital Work session.
Northland Career Center Communication Arts teacher, Audra Pelham, pairs off with SPED teacher Angela Bush for an Inside-Outside Circle speaking and listening activity.
Northwest Technical School's Health Services instructor, Bing Boettner, gave a shout out to her profession on her vanity plate--IMANURSE.
Vital Work Facilitator, Lynn Tushaus, explains one type of graphic organizer students can use to organize their thoughts before they write.
Participants at the final PLC session share their lesson strategies.
Rebecca Graham and Diane Whitmer locate which flap of their container they will be using for their mini-make project.
Vital Work Facilitator, Michele Irby, begins giving instructions on how to construct the candy catapult while Co-Facilitator Lynn Tushaus and participants Dave Stewart and Frank Stafford try to follow her lead.
Barry Crossland and Nicole McGinness do a test launch of the candy container catapults they assembled.
Jen Holland and Kerry Wilson concentrate on the next instruction they have been given to create their candy container catapults.
Lynet Purnell, Rebecca Graham, Diane Whitmer and Kerry Wilson execute a test launch of their catapults; Diane and Kerry react as one launched candy actually hits the photographer.
Charity Strauch gets into position to catch one of the candy pieces launched from a classmate's candy container catapult.
Jim Hanway and Darrick Bruns focus intently on assembling their mini-make projects--candy container catapults.
Facilitator Lynn Tushaus shares masking tape with Jen Holland, Kerry Wilson and Barry Crossland so they can attach the arms onto the bases of their miniature catapults.
Paul Santalauria and Brian Noller await instructions for their next step in making a miniature catapult from a candy container.
Audra Pelham, Frank Stafford and Dave Stewart ready themselves and their materials to begin "making" their catapults.
Bing Boettner tries out her candy container catapult while John DeWeese waits his turn in the background.
Brianne "Breezy" Hunter explains her nickname since birth to the group
Northland Career Center HVAC instructor, Jim Hanway, makes an observation about a fellow classmate's writing to his school's director, Brian Noller.
Frank Stafford and Barry Crossland examine some of the beliefs their fellow classmates wrote about in a pre-writing activity for their "This I Believe" essays.
Final session presentation - showcasing lesson taught using voki.
Class participants Curt Claycomb and Jen Holland give thought to the work they are composing on their laptops.
Teachers participate in the final PLC session at Missouri Western.