Educators collaborate and scavenge

Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter

August 20, 2013

Downtown Elkin became home to a scavenger hunt on Tuesday.

Approximately 30 teachers, assistants teachers, and administrative workers from CB Eller Elementary School participated in what educators described as a fun competition.

The hunt used Geotracking, a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled smart phones. Participants used the service to locate historically significant archaeological objects or locations while having fun.

“Today is designed for collaboration. The exercise is building teamwork,” said school Principal Pamela Huffman. “Teams will now return to the school and are going to be looking at some of the instructional strategies demonstrated to determine which ones are most effective, or identify ones that are not.”

School officials noted author John Hattie’s ground-breaking book “Visible Learning for Teachers,” which takes instructional strategies and brings ground breaking concepts for school consideration. Written for students, pre-service and in-service teachers, Hattie explains how to apply the principles of Visible Learning to any classroom anywhere in the world.

Also organizing the scavenger hunt were school instructional specialist Heather Pardue, second grade teacher Amy Samples, and Samantha Newman, a fourth grade teacher.

All participants were treated to a lunch sponsored by the CB Eller Parent Teacher Organization.

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