Friday, September 23, 2016

Maker Space! Near Pod! Class Flow! Tech OH MY!

     It has been a busy busy time since my last post!  Summer was filled with lots of great PD, brainstorming for a more innovative year, and some continuing education.  I spent my summer working on my STEM Education Certification through Texas A & M University.  We dove right in with a course on student centered learning environments and project based learning.  This really catapulted what I was already doing within my district.  I am in my districts cohort for project based learning and flipped classroom, so taking this course helped me prepare for the cohort and my classroom as well.  I also went to CAMT (Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching) this summer with my fellow teachers in San Antonio, TX and really focused on hands-on mathematics.

I also attended training for the newest Promethean boards and a great emerging software program called Class Flow.  I will post about Class Flow separately as there is so much to talk about!

     At the start of school, I found out that I was selected as a grant recipient for my school from the Marshall Education Foundation and the funds will be used to establish a Maker Space on my campus.  Now we fast forward to the 5th week of school and I'm still working at Texas A&M on my certification while teaching.  I was sad to have my Promethean Board moved out of the classroom, but since I knew it was coming, I focused on how to keep my students TECH happy!  As a STEM and math teacher, it isn't only about the math.  I'll give you a hint, it still involves Class Flow, and the incorporation of NearPod as well.

    Stay tuned this year to see how Projects are incorporated, STEM is running rampant, and our tech is getting better and better!  What are you doing this year??