During my 32 years in teaching, I have always used technology in my classroom, starting with the old Commodore 64 and Apple IIe computers. My classroom experience includes teaching kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, and sixth grades, as well as computer lab, and I have had the opportunity to loop with several classes. Currently I teach in a sixth grade classroom.
I use inquiry-based instruction to guide many of my lessons. Students really internalize the information when they are making their own discoveries. I believe education should be interactive and my classroom is definitely an interactive (highly active) place for learners. Being a realist, I also know that some lessons do require drill and practice and some activities require writing answers to questions based on text. My goal is to make all learning engaging, exciting and memorable.
My Web Quests have been featured in Best Web Quests.com, Blue Web’n, and Skewl Sites: Quality Education Sites. I have also been involved in training other teachers in the use of educational technology. My article, Seeing the World From the “Show Me” State: How Missouri Students Use the Internet to Live up to Their State Motto, was published in the Fall 2001 ASCD Curriculum Technology Quarterly.
I received my Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in Curriculum and Instruction. Through the eMINTS program I have had an additional 225 hours of instructional technology training.
After all my years in the classroom, I still get that butterfly in the stomach feeling of excitement on the first day back after summer vacation. I doubt that happens in the corporate world - I love my job!