I know it is Pope-cation and I should be relaxing, but a teacher’s work is never done. I did escape the city and went to the quiet beach, which has been amazing, but I got work!
The past year at String Theory I had to privilege to help collaborate on courses, as well as add my mathematics flavor to it, but this year is completely different.
This year I am teaching Pre-Calculus, a course that hasn’t been taught yet. I spent the better part of the summer setting up the bare bones- objectives, scope and sequence- but now I have to create all the amazing material that goes along with it! Although it’s been a lot of work, I know that my students are getting the most of out it!
Stay tuned for an amazing project I have on the horizon!
Back to school! Which means? Professional development!
Usually those words would really annoy me or mean that I would have to sit in on presentations that would make me sleepy, but today was completely different; we were asked to explore Book Creator. Our task was simple, make an iBook on something. Oh man, well that can certainly span a lot, but our group decided to keep it simply with constructing a paper air plane.
With Book Creator, I was able input more than just text and images– I was able to add sound clips, videos, music, captions, you name it!
It was a great experience to use this app– now a way to fuse it into my mathematics curriculum!
I’ve never been so happy to be back at school. I’ve been looking forward to returning with my favorite edtech people from across the globe to grow even more as an educator.
With that being said, I’m also freaking out. All the years before this one I knew what I was getting myself into– a conference, a deep dive into misconceptions. This year, I have NO clue as to what we are going to be doing, so I’m a tad nervous.
But anyways, you knew that this summer was going to start off just like all the other ones– AWESOME. Our MAET cohort had the lovely privilege of working with Brick Flicks IE, who is a group of passionate educator, who promote stop motion and legos in the classroom.
Here’s a sneak peak into what we created as a cohort!
So this past weekend I experienced my very first EdCamp!
I have to say– I’ve done my far share of professional development, and I’ve been to a Google Summit, but I felt as though this was the most rewarding PD that an educator can do.
Here’s how an EdCamp works– you show up! There’s no schedule, no agenda and no guest speaker.
There’s a board where you can either look to see what discussions are going to be happening, or even create your own! Since this was my very first one I felt it was best to just see what the whole thing was about– because this surely wasn’t going to be the last one that I was going to do.
I sat in on a session about creativity, learned about some workflow apps and got to make a bunch of great connections with other educators in the Philadelphia area.
Counting down the days until the next EdCamp– especially where I can share my passions and best practices of the classroom.