I think my excitement and passion in teaching comes from taking risks. I love trying new things, be that strategies, lessons or technology. I have been prone to "wing it" and go off script, often improvising on the spot.
I tend to jump into the ocean that is teaching with GRAND ideas, and then scamper back out, solving problems as I go...thank God for a teaching partner who is skilled at validating my ideas, refining them and then diving in with me with all of the proper equipment. (Love you Marcy!)
Two years ago, Marcy & I took a risk by adding a designated STEM period in our schedule each week. We designed challenges and created teams. Each week the students would rotate to a different challenge. It worked well and we were excited. You can read about the start of that journey in this: blog post.
This school year we took a huge risk when we decided to spiral our math program. That was terrifying, a lot of work, thrilling and well worth the effort. It has completely transformed math in our classrooms. We saw huge benefits! That journey is meant for another blog post coming in the near future.
This blog post is devoted to our current risk. Our precious baby that we are preparing to launch into the world on August 6th, 2019!
After spending a year doing STEM challenge rotations, we started this past year off with a change. Again, we created a variety of challenges to get the STEM teams working together. As the year progressed, Marcy observed that by we, the teachers, creating the challenges ourselves, we were stealing some of the learning from our students. She had an awesome idea and from that STEMBounce was born. We were lucky enough to receive support from colleagues within our school and school board to make this happen.
Please follow @STEMBounce (click here) on twitter and join our Facebook group (below) for updates and hints as the August 6th, 2019 launch approaches.
We are very excited to take this risk...and nervous... and scared... and even more excited!
Thanks for reading & BE KIND ? ?
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Please follow along on my journey. I am an Ontario elementary school teacher who loves to learn new things! I love to share, collaborate and learn from others, so please keep in touch!