Brecksville-Broadview Hts. Schools
Why are you coming to EdCamp Cleveland?
Last year’s EdCamp was awesome to attend because I was part of driving the conversation along with everyone else who attended. Educators, community members, and administration have a chance to sit in the same room and talk about what ideas that matter.
What have you been learning lately?
Lately I have been learning about driving pedagogical changes integrated with technology. Technology is useless unless the teacher uses strong pedagogical approaches to learning.
If you could attend a session on any topic, what would it be about?
Education is known for its stagnancy. Can educators be helped to be more open to innovative practices despite new teacher performance standards?
If you could change the world…
Redesign learning spaces in every school with soft and hard spaces, textbooks are replaced with Open Education Resources, learning is student driven, and teaching integrates leadership, pedagogy, and technology simultaneously and seamlessly.
The ideal classroom is…
Grade levels are done away with. Students enter school and then move along at their own learning pace where learning is motivated by the student’s interest and passion vs. a standard curriculum. Learning is differentiated, fluid and integrated vs. the piece meal approach being used now that does nothing to connect learning experiences nor integrates other content areas. Students draw upon a large knowledge repository to inform learning in all other areas which means a lot of reading and learning experiences in many different ways. Learning spaces are blended where students learn anytime, anywhere, for any reason with support from content experts, teachers, and community members. Students are empowered to think and do vs. being told what to do and how to learn. Grades are reflection of described learning behaviors and not a letter system that stimulates competition and stress to always get the “A”. Finally, higher education stops charging exorbitant prices for an education that isn’t creating creative and critical thinkers and innovators we need to build a strong country.
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
Creative Intelligence by Bruce Nussbaum. There may be times in your life when you experience something so profound as to change your thinking and habits. Reading this book was that for me. My teaching practice has changed because of the innovative and challenging ideas in this book.
One more thing…
Learners, at all levels, are rapidly changing and education must also rapidly change with them.
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