The big news in my teaching career this year is that I started my Master’s degree at Eastern Michigan University in the Educational Media and Technology program, completing two courses (“Technology and Student Learning” and an excellent Curriculum Foundations course). This has been a great experience so far, but has required a lot of hard work as I’m pursuing it while working full time.
I also finished my 5th year at Honey Creek and began my 6th year as the school’s Technology Specialist. Lots of good things here – we launched our school’s new Web site, I ran the continually-popular FLL and JrFLL Lego Robotics programs again this fall, and I continue to develop my teaching practices and courses.
I’ve had a great chance to engage in Place-Based Education this year, starting with professional development through SEMIS, the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition. I’ve updated and added some new curriculum in the 4th/5th and middle school courses I teach based on this approach, and am really enjoying it so far.