I am in my 10th year of teaching high school English. I teach AP Literature and Composition, Creative Writing, and English 10. I've taught all grades and all ability levels. I've coached, lead and served on committees, presented at county and national conferences, and toiled away at most other normal teacher things. My latest endeavors: planning the prom, taking students to see a Shakesperian play, and helping with show choir auditions. :)
What does your ideal school or classroom look like?
My ideal? First, every student would come to school clothed and fed and feeling encouraged and loved and safe, and then...
I'd want as much student-led, inquiry-based, passion-driven learning as humanly possible. I imagine student experts (like our International Science Fair finalist, Deep V.), under the guidance of teachers, showing other students how stuff works and how to become experts themselves. I imagine students developing their own course of study and determining that through plenty of research and mentoring. I imagine students attending classes they find relevant and meaningful (because, really, when's the last time you had to sit in a room and learn something you didn't want to?). I imagine the school in the community and the community in the school.
And of course, I imagine a school where teachers have enough time, opportunity, and autonomy to dream up and do anything without the confines of "the way it's always been done."
It seems like there is always something holding us -- teachers, students, school, community -- back. So I guess what I'm driving at is: my ideal school and classroom is a place where nothing holds us back.
If you were to lead a session at Edcamp USDOED, what would it be about?
Student Centered Learning