Best Practices and Classroom Management With Kelsey Harvey


Hello and welcome back. I am your host, Barbara Scully with Connect FCS Ed. Today, I have an amazing educator friend, her name is Kelsey Harvey. She teaches family consumer science at Grand View High School in Grandview, Washington.

I had the pleasure of meeting Kelsey last summer, actually, at the Washington State, a CTE conference, it was our summer conference where we happened to be in a breakout session together and somehow got on the topic of interior design, and basically, everything else just kind of happened. Listen in as Kelsey shares her best practices and classroom management.


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• They can either make a picture ornament, or they can make an ornament out of popsicle sticks and different art supplies. So, I get my child development students involved with that, and my FCC students involved with that activity. And I would say that would be probably our most, one of our biggest fundraisers, but also one of our biggest community events. (5:56)

• I’d say those are two of my probably better classroom management procedures, and then the other thing is, is I teach a lot of foods classes as well, so I would say entry in the classroom is one of the things we practice, because I don’t allow bags in my lab. I have them put them on a shelf when they come in, and then they just grab their pencil or grab whatever they need. They’ve got their laptop and they have a seat and they get started on their end to task. (8:40)

• It was a class that I’m pretty fond of. It’s called life on your own, but it’s also independent living, so we would touch base on basic cooking methods, we do a section on laundry care, do a section on financial management and resume building, so it was a all-around awesome class that I really wish that we can have in my district now, just because it touches just a little bit on all of the areas of family consumer science. (12:34)

• A learning target should be measurable, it should be attainable, there should always be something that the students are doing. And so examples would be, students will be able to explain and describe, that’s the language. Three different ways the eggs can be cooked, that’s the content by a written response, that’s the product. So you always have those three components through learning target, and I feel like it just really helps you focus and have be specific in your intention of what you want them to learn. (19:17)

• I categorized everything that I had on hand, and then on my PowerPoint. I put up a grid of all the 6 essential nutrients and where everything was, what all the ingredients that we had fell under, and then I had students get into there are groups. I let them decide who their cooking group was going to be for this, but I told them, I want you guys to really figure out who is going to be in your group that you guys want, but it’s also going to make you guys successful. (24:23)


July 01, 2020

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