Monthly Archives: June 2017

The Kenan Fellows Experience

The highlight of my week was of course the NOC white water rafting. I have always wanted to have that experience and this portion of the fellowship certainly provided.  I was nervous and excited at the same time before we got on the raft. Once we got on the raft and started on out on our educational botany journey  on a river I became so peaceful and thankful for what has been presented for us. Then I was hoping for the uncertainty of the slight throws of the river. The water was brisk but refreshing and needed in my life. Thank you Kenan. Oh and let me not forget about the  FOOD, delicious. That is all.

Before the Kenan program I had a fragmented idea of how I would implement planning, pedagogy, and personal development. After the sessions I was able to piece together and create a bridge to all the parts floating around in my mind.  Being that I “Flip the Classroom” and use Tenmarks for homework, classwork and engagement were in the unknown areas of my educational outlook. After the workshops I now know that I will have a timer to create scheduled time between practice and PBL learning. I will also use Classcraft to engage students in their own behavioral expectations. I am excited to use “pocket points” for incentives for less usage of cell phones and “try  engineering” to challenge my guys to be strong thinkers and engineers.

Compared to other professional developments, this was very helpful. I truly enjoyed listening to other teachers during the EDcamp. I tend to be the one to talk first and I thought to my self, “let someone else go first” and I feel that by listening I can gain so much more. Although I spent most of the sessions pursing my lips, I was able to write down some ideas that I will definitely use this upcoming year and future years.

I also enjoyed the experts, they were great in their presentations. Each one of them gave me a morsel of what I could definitely use in my ever changing curriculum of middle school math. Other PD’s can be somewhat surreptitious but this week was more than notable.

Once again, thank you Kenan!

Hello World

When I saw the question, “What do you hope to gain from your fellowship experience?”. I honestly stopped and tried to catch one thought that was running through my mind. After I caught the first I wrote it down because if I didn’t, it would forever be lost in my inner cosmos.

So the first thought is making new connections with colleagues. When listening to other colleagues tell “war stories” and they all sound similar to my own so they are confirming my professional experience.

The other thought I was able to catch in the stream of my cosmos is having a greater sense of professionalism. I love it when someone asks me, “What do you do?”, I take pride in saying, “I’M A TEACHER”.  This experience is helping me to renew my love for what I do for a living. I love how that “old school” idea of a teacher being a pillar of the community is still a lingering glimpse of how things used to be.  I’m dreaming for a new respect of teachers to be more than a person who releases information out into the atmosphere.