Leading Through Example. I am engaged and inspired by the challenges surrounding the changes happening in schools, specifically related to how technology is molding the classroom. I work with teachers, students, parents, administrators, and my greater PLN to better prepare our students for the ever-changing nature of technology. I work closely with administrators and teachers to ensure that the technology-rich world makes its way into the classroom in a manageable and meaningful way.
Classroom Teaching. I believe that the teacher is the single most important thing in the classroom that impacts student success. Radically authentic education presented in my classroom helps students prepare for the real world. In our classroom, students can make choices and learn from their consequences, whether they are good or bad. They are able to learn to take ownership over those behaviors, and modify their choices for their next opportunity.
Delivering Professional Development. As an educator, I believe it is crucial to the success of our profession, that teachers share what they know and share what works. Due to this, I spend time creating professional development to present to my peers regarding effective use of technology in the classroom. This can come in the form of workshops, presentations, and classroom visitations. It is important to meet teachers where they are, in order to move them to places that they thought were unimaginable.
Connecting Communities. One of the best parts of living where you work is the ability to connect the community to the schools. This belief translates into my classroom by forming partnerships with our students, community leaders, and organizations. Students are active members of our community and truly see the authentic impact of their learning and work in the community.
Empowering Students. I think that if you aren't preparing students for the 21st century, you are failing as a teacher. An adult that has their multiplication facts memorized, but doesn't know how to publish a document, cannot possibly be a successful adult. We have to prepare students for jobs that do not yet exist. We cannot do that through long nights of homework and standard multiplication, but by allowing students to create and cultivate throughout their education.