Teacher Spotlight: FCCLA Advisor & Teacher Michelle Semonelle

Welcome to Connect FCS Ed, thank you so much for listening. I’m your host Barbara Scully and on today’s episode I am doing a spotlight on an another amazing teacher. I am thrilled to introduce to you Michelle Semonelle. Michelle is a Delaware State FCCLA Advisor and Early Childhood Teacher Academy Teacher. Join us as we chat about FCCLA social media blitz for students, addressing mental health and giving strategies for engagement- gamify the leader, Preschool lab and a lesson walk thru.

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• And so at the end of the week, all of the hashtags that they’ve used will enter them into a drawing for a $100 VISA gift card, so they’re super excited. The more they do, the more they get the opportunity to enterprise, and of course, it gets the FCCLA name out there so that everyone is aware of who we are, what we’re doing, and how important we are. (3:47)

• I am 100% virtual. So it is definitely a challenge. We have a pre-school lab within my school that is also virtual, so the little kids are on Zoom, and it’s quite interesting actually, because the preschool kids on Zoom are the total opposite of what high school kids look like on Zoom. Pre-schoolers don’t mute themselves, and so there’s constant action, there’s constant chaos, everyone’s talking at the same time, and it’s just loud and no one has their cameras off, and it’s lovely, and then high school classrooms are totally different. (8:37)

• And that’s an opportunity that we would have never had in the classroom because you wouldn’t be going on a scavenger hunt in your home, so it’s a challenge. But at the same time, we’re making it work, and I think the kids are thriving, like you said, they are getting out of virtual learning something, even if it’s not in person, not the most ideal situation. We’re still doing our best. (13:09)

• In the summer time between when COVID started and when we started this new school year, educators professionals really came together on social media. I’m on the teacher side of tiktok. We really just started sharing as much as we could with one another, and that’s one thing that I really hope continues post-covid, let’s stop being in our own little silos and really just open up and share things. (20:20)

• I’m friends with so many different teachers across the nation that my tiktok page is really filled with teacher stuff. That’s why I called it the teacher side of tiktok, and I’ve gotten so many ideas from other people. FCS, teacher CTE teachers. Just even kindergarten teachers, I’m like, Wow, that’s a really great idea. I’m going to do that next week. So it’s funny where we can find resources, they’re everywhere, you just gotta look for them. (23:41)


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March 03, 2021

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