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Rancho Teacher's Method of 'Teaching the Whole Student'

Catherine Nam, Rancho Elementary, has a unique approach to teaching which she calls "teaching to the whole student."

Catherine Nam is a fourth-grade teacher at here in Novato.  She also competes in triathlons with my husband. I was especially proud to interview her in our Sounding Board television series with . She has a special approach to students that is well worth listening to. Being involved with the Sounding Board productions is all part of my volunteer involvement with Soroptimist International of Novato, which has been doing this local television series for more than 20 years.

Watch our weekly Sounding Board shows, or watch this particular program embedded below.

The Sounding Board programs on NPAT are produced by club members of Soroptimist International of Novato. This blog is a preview of a program that is yet to be shown, and will be shown on a Wednesday evening at 7 or 7:30 p.m. and repeated on Saturday morning at 9 and 9:30 a.m. NPAT is our local Channel 26. NPAT's full programming can be viewed at www.npat.org/.

Remember that the statements, opinions, and views expressed on this program do not necessarily reflect those of Soroptimist International of Novato nor that of Novato Public Access Television.  

For more information about Soroptimist International of Novato, check out www.soropnovato.org.  

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Educate the Community August 23, 2012 at 05:23 AM
"By the way, I am not trying to educate the whole community.." Of course you are not, and thanks for making my point for me.
Dexter Kaziff August 23, 2012 at 05:26 AM
HaHaHa...nice comeback. As far as the innovative and exciting new way to educate our kids goes...core knowledge is not much different than what is being taught now.
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 05:41 AM
I deleted the first comment, which leaves the rest of the thread quite confusing for new readers. That's just the way it goes. Thank you to folks who e-mail me when inappropriate comments are posted!
Educate the Community August 23, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Relax Carrie, everyone knows this is a great teacher with a great teaching method as I specifically stated. You're just upset that I called out your school for not embracing the same methods as Catherine (and most other teachers in Novato). The lady doth protest too much, methinks....
Tina McMillan August 23, 2012 at 07:08 AM
What a great concept. Patty, thank you for posting the video of Mrs. Nam talking about her class and her approach to teaching. It would be interesting to have more opportunities to hear from local teachers. As parents we get to be a part of our children's classrooms when they are little but as they get older we don't have the same opportunities. It would be great to learn about some of the Middle and High School teachers as well. Thank you Mrs. Nam for your wonderful work. Your students are fortunate to have you as a teacher!
Patty Maher August 23, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I didn't post it, Tina, but I sure would have. As a matter of fact, my demon spawn was in Mrs. Nam's class, and she is as wonderful as you might get the sense from watching the video. She is engaging, encouraging, exciting, and inspiring. In short, she is a TEACHER! I feel blessed to have had my son in her class. I think what the Soroptimist International chapter does here with their Sounding Board is great. I hope they profile many more of the truly wonderful teachers our kids get to experience each and every school day.
Jeffrey Vaillant August 23, 2012 at 04:28 PM
If one is not a Comcast subscriber, how does one see these programs and others by npat?
Patty Maher August 23, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I know Sounding Board has its own YouTube channel. Here's a link. I do not belong to the organization, so I can't speak to whether everything is posted on their channel. I'm sure Carole can speak to that. http://www.youtube.com/user/SoropSoundingBoard?feature=watch
Carole Bennett August 23, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Thanks, Brent! I appreciate your thoughtfulness! I was surprised at all the comments this posting generated. Personally, as an old retired teacher, I am quite proud of Novato Unified School District, Rancho Elementary, and Catherine Nam as an example of all the good things going on in our educational community.
Carole Bennett August 23, 2012 at 07:30 PM
The Soroptimist YouTube channel is a recent acquisition that will permanently archive our videos (thanks, Patty, for sharing our website). Most all of our recent programs area available there. Novato Public Access Television (NPAT) broadcasts our shows four times each week (two on Wednesday evening and two on Saturday mornings). The channels used by NPAT are 26 (public), 27 (government), and 30 (education). I happen to be a Comcast subscriber, so I really do not know how to access the programs otherwise. Perhaps you could email Rick Tucker, NPAT Executive Director, at rtucker@npat.org. Thanks so much for your interest!
Tina McMillan August 23, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Thanks for the link Patty. I feel like there is whole lot of good being done in Novato that happens behind the scenes. Perhaps Sounding Board will want to feature more teachers as part of their collection and maybe interviews with the different schools so we can understand how they work. I thought MSA was a charter and then came to learn the term "magnet school". http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/eo/mt/ By giving people access to more information we may be able to create a positive dialogue where all local schools, teachers, staff, students and families are embraced as part of the district.
Fredda August 23, 2012 at 11:35 PM
The all Marin station, MCTV channel 26, shows Sounding Board shows Monday evenings at 8:00. You can watch Sounding Board whenever you like, 24/7, on the Soroptimist online channel, www.youtube.com/soropsoundingboard
Sylvia Barry August 23, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Tina - The Sounding Board is a Soroptimist International of Novato program that has been in existence for the past 20 years. We have our own criteria on the types of programs to produce in keeping with Sorptimist International's Mission Statement of " Improving the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world". Although it is a good idea to learn more about our local educational system, it is certainly not our goal to produce programs for NUSD. What you suggested might be best produced by NUSD.
Jim L August 23, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Sylvia, Thank you for setting the record straight She belongs to nothing but knows something about everything . People are so tired of her lies and her view points that she says she came up with while doing her research
Tina McMillan August 24, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Unfortunately NUSD has its hands full but I'm glad your program was able to highlight the work of Ms. Nam. It was a pleasure to watch. Thanks.
Michael Christian August 28, 2012 at 03:19 PM
In case anyone missed it, here is a nice story on Transitional Kindergarten and Loma Verde Teacher Angela Kriesler. Her inspired work is helping to raise the bar for our kids too! Congrats Ms K, great job! http://www.marinij.com/novato/ci_21393410/two-year-kindergarten-begins-children-born-fall

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