1982, I embarked on a career that lasted until the final day of
distance learning in the spring of 2020. In all those years I figured
out so many ideas that would help children learn only to discover
later, that no, that won’t work. The reason for that phenomenon is
that times changed. What I did in the beginning of my
career, when I was told that I was a good teacher, would be woefully
inadequate as I moved through my career. Teachers have to adjust their
pratice constantly, daily for some classes. That's the evolution of
teaching. That is what this
website is about: one man’s evolution through his teaching career.
Posted here will be a series of articles outlining my thoughts about education. As I continue to reflect over my time in the profession, more topics will be posted. The ride was incredible, and I was fortuitous to have worked in great schools with great families and amazing children. I was lucky to be nominated for multiple awards over the course of my time, and I even won a couple. However, in education, winning an award means nothing. Winning the reward of seeing students achieve what they didn’t know they could is the prize in education. Having children excited about learning and yearning to satisfy their curiosity by pursuing ideas and experiences is the award of teaching. I am fortunate that my students did those things. This is the story of how.
From the beginning to the end, the changes that did occur-the big question, "Would you do it all again?"
Students should create information for others to learn and enjoy
Students need to develop and use their curiosity-education fails them if they don't
The battle for a vision-every school should have one!
Instruction using Constructivism-the best way to teach if you want independent, thoughtful students
For students to learn at their best, a physically and emotionally safe environment has to be in place
Science should be a primary subject in every classroom
It had been 579 days since I pulled into my school's parking lot. It was March 13, 2020, and I had the forethought that this day could very well be my final day in a classroom as the Covid-19 pandemic was leading to schools closing across the country. With my impending retirement, I knew this could be my final day teaching in front of a group of kids in person. Sure enough, it was. But, 579 days later, I pulled back into the parking lot of the new 41 million dollar school. I was going back in front of kids to teach STEM enrichement to the RL Innovators. This was going to be fun . . .
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