I taught 9 years at Charlotte High School. I taught everything from AP Government to Algebra 1 and just about everything in between. Currently, I am an academic consultant at Ingham ISD. I work with teachers from the twelve districts in our county on issues in Secondary Mathematics and Social Studies. I also teach online through Michigan Virtual Schools.
What does your ideal school or classroom look like?
My ideal school would have a common vision and common goals to get to that vision that are shared at all levels of the organization. The vision and goals should be developed by representatives from all stakeholder groups, district data, and a strong research base. That vision would deal directly with increased student achievement. Every PD session and every lesson plan should be with the end vision and goal in mind.
My ideal classroom is driven by student needs. The teacher is still necessary to impart the knowledge of the subject area, but how they impart that knowledge is based on the formative assessment that they gather and the relationships they have with each student in the classroom. I believe that flipped learning is a perfect way to make this type of classroom practical in a traditional setting. Students get the basic information in the videos each night and then time in class is spent discussing the material with immediate feedback from the teacher. Students are engaged in conversations with each other that allow them to think deeper about the subject area rather than having to do this at home without the support of the learning community.
If you were to lead a session at Edcamp USDOED, what would it be about?
Instructional Technology Use
Have you ever attended an Edcamp?
Edcamp Mid-Michigan (organizer)