OFTC Instructors Complete 2014 Georgia Master Teacher Experience | Schools
Allied Health Sciences Division Chair Leslie Thigpen and English Instructor Kim Meeks represented Oconee Fall Line Technical College as 40 Technical College instructors from throughout Georgia gathered for the first Georgia Master Teacher Experience.
The event was held at Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville the week of June 8-12 and was designed to bring together teachers from the Technical College System of Georgia for an intensive week of focus on instructional innovations, motivational techniques, situational problem-solving, contextual learning, and information exchange.
Born as a byproduct of Southwest Georgia Technical College’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the Master Teacher event is designed as an experiential learning event developed by teachers for teachers.
Participants gain cross-disciplinary experiences and have the opportunity to teach and learn from academic, healthcare, business, professional and industry instructors. This type of experience exposes instructors to best practices in a multitude of disciplines, bringing fresh solutions to age-old problems faced in unique fields.
“The strength of this experience is in the support that each teacher receives from the other teachers that have gathered from throughout the state,” explains Summer Washington, the Director of the Georgia Master Teacher Experience.
“The week-long exchange of ideas and collaboration develops a network that can be taken back to individual colleges to improve teaching and learning. Seeing the fire return in an instructor who has become weary, or watching an instructor as they realize their worth is an experience that cannot be matched. Georgia was long overdue in joining the many states that offer a Master Teacher Experience and we are proud to have developed the first.”
“This was a wonderful event,” said Meeks, “At the conclusion of the event, Leslie and I were so excited to bring the new and innovative ideas we learned back to OFTC to share with our colleagues.”