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Educational Philosophy

Teachers are facilitators of 21st Century Learning Skills, not the sharers of information. If Google does everything the classroom teacher is doing (recalling facts from a book) then the teacher is no longer needed. Not only can Google recall faster than a human its available 24/7. Instead teachers should teach students collaboration skills, communication skills, critical thinking skills, creativity skills, and show them how to use these through core content instruction whilst using any technology that's available.

Students (children) learn on their own without any help from adults. My 15-month-old daughter has learned a great many things on her own (like how to turn the pages in a book or that she doesn’t like Brussels sprouts). I feel the conception in schools is that children are incapable of learning and that the teacher must somehow use “best practice” to enlighten our students their “vast” knowledge. In reality our teachers don’t know as much as they should to be “content masters” of their respected fields thus classrooms are filled with repetitive preaching of curriculum in preparation for multi-million dollar assessments claiming to be the supreme measure of knowledge. In our current day and age we as educators face an uphill battle, to change how schools, districts, communities, teachers, and families view how students learn. Just as my daughter explores, we need to allow our children to explore, to watch, listen, and experiment. Kids learn best when they are given situations in which they can experience, explore, and succeed after multiple failures.

My personal goals as an educator include:

  • Provide a high quality education for ALL students who walk into my school
  • Ensure that technology is an integral part of every child’s learning experience
  • Empower teachers to succeed by acknowledging them as professionals
  • Create a school culture of iteration through failure and success
  • Through community involvement develop the whole child mentally, emotionally, and physically

To meet these goals I personally commit daily to learning from others while reflecting on my own practice and pre-conceptions. I will model these goals and beliefs with my staff and students through professional development, coaching, and how I approach classroom instruction. My faith in my students and teachers will support a community of learners.

I chose the Instructional Technology program as Regis because my current role requires me to understand how technology impacts best practice in the classroom. In order to better serve the schools I work at I desire to expand my knowledge through my learning at Regis.

My hope is that through this program at Regis University I:

  1. Change my pre-conceptions of education and how students learn
  2. Better understand how technology as a tool changes teaching learning
  3. Become a force of change within my school, district, and community
  4. Expand my learning community to include the great minds of my professors and classmates
  5. Increase my understanding of technology including educational web tools and computer programming language

To determine my own personal success I expect to have a portfolio (body of evidence) of resources and experiences that can be shared with others to further their own reflection of technology and learning.

This portfolio will be an online website and contain:

  • Web 2.0 Tools and Resources
  • My Personal Reflections of Learning
  • My Personal Research Around Technology and Learning
  • Tools Developed by Myself to Support Teachers
  • Readings, Research, and Websites for Educators