If you're not currently teaching, what are you focused on?:
Working with leaders from all levels (students, parents, community members, teachers, administrators, state, national and global) to shift mindsets and champion for change in public education and increase the audience for student voice!
I teach teachers who teach students K-12.
What subject(s) do you teach?:
I support blended and digital learning integration in all subject areas.
How many years have you been teaching?:
"I just can't live without a white board and dry erase markers in many colors!"
I'm a product of the school system I work for, daughter of a retired school teacher, and am a proud mother-of-two. My oldest will graduate from my alma matter soon! I'm passionate to improve public education, and create opportunities to make the process of school more meaningful for everyone involved in the system. I deeply enjoy traveling, but focus my itinerary around places near family so I never miss an opportunity to stay connected!
I love the idea of connecting learning outside of school to academic learning. Students learn 24/7, and their passion-based learning that often takes place outside of the school walls plays a huge role. Perhaps this type of sharing would encourage more teachers to incorporate student voice and choice in the classroom, bringing student passions into the classroom! This would be so validating to students and parents.
When I spoke with students, I heard the same thing- they prefer school (social) to be entirely separate from home. In fact, I made a few of them uncomfortable asking about conferencing. They were skeptical that I would do something to upset the current balance!
Student-led conferencing has been highly successful in my district. We're using a brand new learning management system that has a student ePortfolio component built in, but we're just scratching the surface of what this functionality will bring to our families. I love the idea of having an online student portfolio space! If we could combine that with open labs on campus so families without Internet access can see these digital creations, I think this could be a powerful tool!