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HES teacher Jamie Fougere honored with Skillful Teacher Grand Prize Award

Jamie Fougere wins Skilful Teacher Video Contest Jamie Fougere, a Second Grade ELA/Special Education teacher at Harwich Elementary School, was recently named the Grand Prize Winner in the RBT Skillful Teacher’s 2020 Video Contest.

Fougere was nominated by Sharon K Hughes, Assistant Principal of Harwich Elementary School. In the winning video, Fougere showcases multiple skills from The Skillful Teacher with particular strengths in management, instructional strategies, and motivation in her phonics lesson with her Grade 2 students.

In her nomination, Hughes said, "Jamie Fougere's highly skilled instructional strategies in this ELA lesson exemplify what the criteria for success should be for her students, as they achieve all targeted learning outcomes she projected. She clearly has exemplary management skills (momentum and routines from beginning to end of the lesson) and keeps student motivation levels high because she has established close, personal relationships with each student, as a result, she has built trust and students take academic risks in this comfortable classroom climate she establishes and maintains. She ensures that key components of the most critical skills are incorporated into highly engaging multi-sensory phonics lessons so students can absorb, maintain, and demonstrate their knowledge through a variety of assessments. The classroom climate was positive and powerful as students were verbally rewarded and reinforced multiple times as they progressed through the lesson. Fougere’s Motivating Messages via classroom rules/expectations were posted on the front whiteboard: 1. Never Give Up, 2. Smile in Room 37, and 3. Be Kind and Caring to Others. Fougere’s curriculum knowledge is vast and she shares that knowledge with her colleagues and teacher teams at PLCs."

RBT (Research for Better Teaching) is a highly acclaimed educational research and teacher training facility in Acton, Mass. Entries were submitted from around the country, and Fougere was named the Grand Prize winner. Her 14-minute video is now part of RBT's video resource library used for teacher training courses. To watch Fougere’s winning video, click here.