Mount Airy teacher wins award for excellence


November 22, 1996|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MELISSA Adelmann's innovative use of student portfolios in teaching social studies has won her a Program of Excellence Award from the Maryland Council for the Social Studies.

The Mount Airy Middle School teacher has been instrumental in implementing this teaching device in classrooms throughout Carroll County. The seventh-grade teacher has spent the past two years fine-tuning this new teaching method, and will present the use of student portfolios to the National Council for Social Studies on Sunday.

Adelmann said the portfolios provide the teacher and the student with a means of evaluating how the student is doing. The portfolios also allow students to see how they are progressing with goals they have set.

Students assemble their portfolios from projects and reports that cover the required social studies curriculum for the school year.

Frequent opportunities are made available for peers, faculty and parents to offer feedback on the portfolios.

Taking advantage of the election year, Adelmann has chosen Presidential Portfolios as this year's theme for her students.

While targeting strong communication and leadership skills as essential to a good president, students also focus on their own strengths and weaknesses in these areas. A unit on government later in the school year will reinforce these principles.

Adelmann is the first to acknowledge that portfolios are a lot of extra work for the teacher, but "if the time is invested right, the results are great for the teacher," she said.

"It's great. The kids come back and say, 'Wow, I did a lot of work in your class,' " she said.

Her success using student portfolios has piqued the interest of faculty members at the school. Adelmann has been approached by several teachers interested in trying portfolios in their classroom.

A Carroll County native, Adelmann has taught at Mount Airy Middle School for four years. She lives in Eldersburg and attended Liberty High School. She graduated from Frostburg State University in 1993, and is pursuing her master's degree at Western Maryland College.

Seniors win tournament

Last evening, Mount Airy Senior Center's billiard team traveled to Westminster's new senior center to accept the first-place Round Robin Billiard trophy at an award ceremony.

The 10-man billiard team defeated senior teams from Westminster, Taneytown, North Carroll and South Carroll, losing only two sets all season.

The senior team was led to first place by co-captains Chuck Smith and Wendell Rothgeb. Since April, the men have been meeting three times a week, practicing fancy shots and planning their winning strategy. Tournaments are played twice a month. Two-man teams play the best of seven eight-ball games.

"We have some real serious pool players on the team. Some are here practicing five days a week," Smith said.

A few team members, Smith said, are superstitious. He reports that most have their own lucky cue stick, carrying it wherever they go.

Team members include Walker Roach, Joe Bordas, Lloyd Phebus, Jim Hobart, Truman Kelly, Dick Baker, Luther Meachum and Joe Fabiszewski.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Carroll Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 11/22/96

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