My name is Maria Singman and I am the TAG Coordinator at a K-8th grade school in Alpharetta, GA that fosters EL Education. It is my personal belief that all students will thrive in an environment where they feel safe, loved, and are encouraged to learn. I am also the organizer for a TEDxYouthDay event- TEDxAmanaAcademy where students 1st-8th grade stand up to give their own mini "TED talk." It is my goal in life to create a platform for students to share their BIG Ideas with the world. I am extremely honored to be an educator and to collaborate with like-minded people.
Reflection is incredibly important at any age! As educators, we also need to take time to reflect on our practice. Random aside: I run a TEDxyouthday event at my school where 1st-8th grade students are the speakers. They come up with their own "TED talk idea" and then work for a whole semester to polish it. They memorize it, critique one another, and most importantly reflect on the whole process. If anyone wants to start a TEDxYouthDay event at their school please feel free to email/message me. I want to get more involved on this site. I love the great work everyone is doing and can always use more positive educators in my life. :)
I love the idea of a digital portfolio! Our school does Student Led-Conferences and this would be a really cool tool to use throughout the school. I'm just starting to explore the Teacher's Guild and projects like this one are what make me excited to jump into the conversation. Do you have any schools using this now? If not feel free to message me.