Are you an Innovative Educator looking for ways to integrate the 4 C’s of 21st Century Learning into your standards-aligned curriculum? Good. You are in the right place!
If you have been in education for any length of time, you know that it is changing…fast! And the demands on graduates are increasing just as quickly. Post-secondary stakeholders want graduates who can think critically, find creative solutions, communicate effectively, and work with others. But how do you foster those abilities while teaching the content? I had the same question way back in 2002 – but, since then I have totally changed the way I facilitate learning.
This is my personal blog, a melting pot of information to support efforts in raising standardized test scores, integrating STEM across the curriculum, and leveraging the power of technology.
Hundreds of posts, plenty of ideas, and tons of great resources mean that you will be ready to start infusing research-based strategies in the classroom tomorrow!
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In 2002, after being in the classroom for only 2 short years, I realized my teaching practices HAD to change. I was at a school filled with bright, high energy students who wanted to do anything but sit in a math classroom at 2 o’clock in the afternoon and listen to me yammer on about angles. Sure, I was doing the best I knew, following the scope and sequence, assigning the appropriate workbook pages, but I was struggling BIG TIME.
Going into the next school year, I put one goal in place – to try one new out-of-the-box idea once every 2 weeks. I wanted to STRETCH myself, but I didn’t want to STRESS myself…I was still finding my way in this world of teaching after all! Off I went to find hands-on learning opportunities and infuse technology to engage my students, enrich our lessons, and inspire thinking beyond the four walls of our classroom.
I started a blog to chart my journey and over time, I saw that trying new things was becoming easier. My students and I were not only enjoying the process, but the academic benefits were abundant.
One thing lead to another and before I knew it, I was providing professional development on my campus, being invited to speak at conferences, and mentoring educators throughout the nation.