“I thought I was a really good math teacher. But now…I feel like I’m really teaching,” explained Julie Sanders, teacher of the year in Bedford City School District southeast of Cleveland, about using the Common Core State Standards. The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently profiled Julie and other local educators—who were early adopters of the Common Core—as part of a series of articles exploring how the new standards will change teaching and learning in classrooms across the state. The Plain Dealer found teachers looking for ways to apply math lessons to real-world scenarios, promoting deeper understanding and mastery of the content. In English Language Arts, students were not only asked to read and describe the theme of a poem or short story, but also show evidence to support their choice.
I recently lamented the announcement that the Ormet Corporation is shutting down its aluminum production facility in Hannibal, Ohio along the Ohio River, putting hundreds of people out of work and dealing a damaging blow to the region’s economy.This sobering news is a reminder that global competition is real and part of our challenge is to ensure the next generation of children is prepared to compete not only with their peers in the neighboring state, but with talented young people across the world. We must provide every student, whether they grew up in New York City, rural Mississippi, or a suburb of Los Angeles, with the opportunity to master the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college, a career, and in life. One step in the right direction is the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
"Being connected through technology to other educators, to parents, and to my students is a great 'gateway' to creating more meaningful connections when I am able to meet and talk with people," said Duane Kline, a high school principal at Owen County Schools in Kentucky. In recognition of Connected Educators Month, read how Duane uses technology to foster more meaningful connections with friends, colleagues, and other educators across the country as well as grow his network of learning resources.
"Being connected to great educators all over the globe has broadened my perspective on many educational issues. It has also helped me be a better principal by the sheer number of digital resources I encounter daily. I am able to share many of the resources with my staff which improves what they can offer to our students," explains Ryan Gallwitz, a 6-12 grade principal at Centerburg Local Schools in Ohio. In recognition of Connected Educators Month, learn how Ryan is using Twitter and other tools to learn, share, and make connections with educators across the world.
In celebration of Connected Educator Month, Battelle for Kids is recognizing connected educators who are using digital and social media to build relationships, share knowledge, and enhance their own professional learning. Throughout October, we will post spotlights of connected educators featuring answers to five questions about their experience as a connected educator, advice to other educators, and tools they use. In this post, learn how Jennifer Beard, a 7th grade social studies teacher in Fulton County Schools, Georgia, is leveraging Twitter, LinkedIn, Edmodo, and other tools to grow as an educator and make her classroom a more dynamic place to learn. Jennifer explains, "My students have learned more and grown more than I ever could have thought possible, and I owe it all to taking that first step towards becoming a connected educator."