If you're not currently teaching, what are you focused on?:
I teach part-time - digital citizenship, coding, effective computer usage. I also develop PD programs for teachers to help them in the classroom.
How many years have you been teaching?:
My job title is Director of Innovation and Academic Technology and in that role I work to help teachers improve their craft in a way that is personal and meaningful to them and their students. I love working with middle schoolers and middle school teachers. I'm also a wife, mother, yoga teacher, triathlete and passionate cook.
Hi Moss, Sorry for the very late reply. I've been on vacation with my family. Anyway, I'd love to think about how failures could be celebrated. I think we need to start off with a question like, "What was it about this idea that made it seem like it would be successful?" I don't think most people pursue an idea that they think will fail. So reflecting on what made them pursue the idea initially is a good idea. I also think this needs to be part of evaluations. Questions to include might be, "What did you do this year that failed?" and then a follow-up question might be, "Why did you consider it a failure?" I also think that we need administrators to participate in this risk-taking process in a visible way. If teachers are supposed to be the models for students, then administrators should be the models for teachers, right?