All posts by Tyreisha Jeffery

Challenges and successes experienced transferring my internship experience into educational resources.

One of the challenges I will face transferring my internship experience into educational resources in my classroom will be the resources I have available. I hope to attain funding to purchase a 3D printer for my classroom.  The 3D printer was used to create the housing for the Lily Pad and can be utilized by various other CTE courses.  I will also need to develop my coding skills if I want to create various levels of projects/ products. I have watched various tutorials and am becoming more comfortable coding. I have created a successful lesson plan that will challenge my students and hopefully stimulate great Ideas for projects/products.  The knowledge I’ve learned during my internship at the ASSIST center has been a success in it self.  I am more knowledgeable about 3D printing and developing  wearable  devices. I was very excited to learn about screen printing electrical circuits onto textiles.

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My internship experience will benefit my mentor’s organization…..

My internship experience will benefit my mentor’s organization through promotion and exposure. Everyone at my school will hear about the Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and
Technologies (ASSIST) center and Textiles programs at NC State. I will definitely promote the programs to students and colleagues. I can’t wait to display my posters for the wearable device I created this summer in the hall by my classroom.  I learned so many cool things this summer, I cant wait to share and collaborate with educators within my school and district.  My CDC and CTE director have also promoted the Kenan Fellows program and the project I help develop throughout the Durham Public School System.  Hopefully the extra exposure in Durham Public School will recruit and produce another cohort of exceptional fellows.  I also hope to expose my students to potential career  opportunities in coding, engineering, and textiles, possibly creating future ‘Wolf Pack” graduates.


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Goals for my internship as they relate to my work as an educator.

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One of the goals of my internship is to try to learn and retain as much information as possible in an effort to share what I’ve learned with my students and colleagues. I had the opportunity to learn lots of skills and techniques during NCCAT that will benefit my colleagues and students. I want to make sure I have learned the basics of  making wearables to potentially prepare my students for the One Health Challenge.  I also hope to inspire other educators at my school to incorporate wearable, coding, and the engineering design process into their curriculum. With the help of my colleagues I hope to be able to cross curriculums to potentially get students interested in coding and wearable technologies.

My week at NCCAT and why it was important to me.

I’ll start off by saying I really enjoy visiting North Carolina’s Mountains, so I was happy to be in Cullowhee, NC  for a week. I plan to implement some of the ice-breaker activities I learned at NCCAT in my classroom during the first week of school. I also want to utilize more data analysis within my classroom to improve instruction. I have already started using Trello to keep track of tasks for my wearable devices fellowship, and I will introduce this application to students in the beginning of the year to keep track of project responsibilities and assignments. I will continue to blog with my students, after learning fresh and exciting techniques this week . I will  make my social media presence more visible by utilizing Twitter and YouTube more often.  I enjoyed all of the sessions I attended at NCCAT. If I have to choose a session that was my least favorite it would be “Why Culture Matters”, I enjoyed Mrs. Brossy’s personal stories. However; I thought the session was going to be focused on methods and techniques for culturally responsive teaching.

Compared to other PD opportunities I have had the opportunity to attend I have  enjoyed NCCAT the most. I had plenty of opportunities to learn from, network, and build relationships with other educators.  I enjoyed the whitewater rafting the most, that was something I have been wanting to do for a while. I really enjoyed the flipped classroom session during Edcamp Kenan. I gained so much useful information. I plan to partially flip my fashion merchandising courses this upcoming year.  I also gained useful techniques during the Edcamp’s PBL making it work session. I feel more comfortable implementing project based learning in my courses having gained useful and relevant insight on the process. Overall NCCAT has been a great experience for me, I’m glad I had the opportunity to participate in this professional advancement Institute


What I hope to gain from my fellowship experience

When I was given the opportunity to participate in the 2016-2017 Kenan Fellows program I was ecstatic.  I have a passionate interest in textiles & apparel and was very excited about participating in the wearable devices cohort. What I hope to gain from my wearable devices fellowship is insight on what the future holds for fashion. I’m excited about advancements in fitness/health related wearable devices and want to be knowledgeable about the cutting edge technology. I also hope to gain the expertise to implement what I’ve learned in the my classroom. I want my fashion merchandising students especially to visualize the idea of fashion apparel and fashion related careers outside of the norm. I am looking to earn my doctorate in a textile & apparel related field of study and I know my experience participating as a Kenan Fellow would be beneficial to my objective. I am excited and honored to be a Kenan Fellow and will use this opportunity to network and acquire educational knowledge and  resources for my students and school.


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