I currently teach technology focusing on Project Based Learning to students in grades K-5. Prior to that, I was a first grade teacher for one year and a second grade teacher for 6 years.
My philosophy of teaching is that learning should be viewed as a continual collaborative journey towards both the district and the school’s vision statement; teachers sharing a common academic mission; a nurturing and warm environment for the highest academic potential and the community base beyond the school as an integral asset to be brought in. In doing so, students become more engaged learners. When students are more engaged in their education, they will be more active as learners, have a higher level of achievement, and have an innate desire to continue their learning beyond the school grounds. When students are engaged, they personalize and facilitate their own learning. Engaged students come from integrating technology into a variety of subjects, a teacher’s design and application of significant pedagogy; students feeling like their teachers know and understand them, and a continuation of learning beyond the classroom and school grounds. I also feel strongly that student engagement is best supported when their parents and community are engaged alongside them. To be an outstanding teacher you must engage your students. Technology integration is an effective means of engagement. Because our society has embraced technology, we as teachers must do the same, by altering how we are teaching and by what ways we can integrate technology. We need to develop critical thinkers in a digital age that can solve real world problems in creative and collaborative ways, through Project Based Learning and innovations in technology, thereby rethinking education, integrating technology and meeting the needs of both our current generation and future generations of students.
Pleasant Knoll Elementary School Teacher of the Year 2013
I graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2004 with a degree in Elementary Education.
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