20% of what they hear,
30% of what they see,
90% of what they do!
The purpose of education is not only to learn how to read and write, but its purpose is to prepare students to be successful in their future. Walking into my classroom, one would experience students in conversation, collaboration, and hands-on learning. By creating a culture of small group learning, individual needs are met for each student. Technology is woven throughout our day, using it as a tool to empower and challenge students. Students practice communication, goal setting, and life skills that allow them to thrive in the classroom and beyond.
Relationships: Building a community of learners from day 1 is always first priority. Maintaining trust based relationships with my students throughout the year minimize negative behavior and increase learning. In my professional career, I look forward to making new connections and cultivating relationships from past and present teams.
Collaboration: Teaching kids to collaborate with one another using patience, eye contact and appropriate tone to be successful is one way I prepare kids for their future. And I especially value these skills as I thrive when working with a team. Reviewing data, setting goals, and planning, I believe, are done best with a group that is committed to working together.
Two heads are better than one, not because either is infallible, but because they are unlikely to go wrong in the same direction. -C.S. Lewis
Innovative: Technology has been an outlet of creativity for me. Finding new ways to utilize iPads in the classroom energizes me. Students in my classroom use iPads to communicate, enhance, and create products of their learning. Skype has allowed my students to connect globally. We have collaborated with classrooms as far as Canada through reading. We have met classrooms from Hawaii to Georgia through Mystery Skype. For the past two years, I have been weaving foundational concepts of coding into curriculum for 1st- 4th grades.
Presentation: Over the years, I have enjoyed leading teachers in using technology effectively in their classrooms. Within my district I have presented on the effective use of several apps in after-school professional development and during Olathe Summer Conference. In 2018, I presented "The 5 C's to Drive an Innovative Classroom" at the Mid-America Association of Computers in Education located in Manhattan, KS.
"The presenter was professional, easy to follow and passionate about what she was presenting. I teach middle school/high school, but still took away a plethora of ideas to engage my students in the classroom and prepare them for our global world by using technology that they will find fun, stimulating and challenging."
"I attended your session at MACE, and I was blown away with great ideas! I am so excited about some of the things I have already tried and others that I have planned for the last nine weeks of school."
Professional Goals: It is my passion to empower kids and motivate them to take ownership in their learning. And I am committed to raising responsible digital citizens. In 2013, I received my master's degree in Technology Enhanced Teaching. Not only is technology a passion, but also inspiring and collaborating with educators. I envision myself working alongside teachers, helping them become confident in utilizing technology. When I move into a leadership role, I will continue to take an active role in the classroom because I never want to lose touch of what it feels like to be a classroom teacher. Leading teachers takes shape in various forms: workshops, mentoring teachers, co-teaching, collaboratively writing quality, standard-based lesson plans, and modeling in their classrooms.
Through blogging and Twitter I will continue to grow my professional learning network globally. Connections beyond my local community help me stay up to date in an ever-changing world of technology. I envision widening my range of traveling to collaborate with and present to other educators.