Hi! Here I am….
Hey, all you fellow EDIM516ers!
Where do you find the majority of your teaching resources? I really enjoy the articles in Edutopia. I follow a couple of educators on Pinterest. I am also a member of the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics, which provides a tremendous amount of material for hands-on teaching, as well as many opportunities for professional development. In my previous school, I stayed on top of all of our eBook resources. We had a lot of them, as our charter demanded that we were a high-performing technology school.
Who do you look to for support and research for new ideas? My colleagues and dear friends, Kim Michels, Lisa Currie, and Addie Woodmancy, would brainstorm daily on ways in which to incorporate all of our subject areas (math, science, social studies and language arts). There was so much information shared among us; we were anxious to meet and became so excited to try whatever it was that we found among our resources that day. We tried to run our adjoining classrooms as close to Google Headquarters as we could. What a rich environment in which to grow, for both students and educators!
What challenges do you face as you try to incorporate new ideas and research with your students? What was truly amazing about that experiment in which we were involved (no one had ever tried to teach in our region in this crazy way before) was that our students started to take the lead in choosing their educational goals. They became experts in panel discussions, project choices and discoveries, and helping each other attain success. The challenge was that outsiders (the Board of Directors, for example) did not recognize the environment as classrooms and were unconvinced that learning was occurring. We were officially shut down.
However, as we were all creative individuals, we continued operations covertly.