The earlier we encourage children to think creatively and innovate, the more natural this mindset will become.

Stephanie Smith Budhai, Nurturing Young Innovators, 2017

Creativity Quote

Posted in Adult Learners, Pedagogy, Young Learners

Total Participation Techniques

Do you want to engage your learners in higher order thinking and get all learners actively participating?

Total Participation Techniques are a game changer and can be used at all levels of teaching and learning, and can easily be used virtually as well.

Himmele & Himmele (2011) created this resource that never gets old. It is truly one of the best resources I have found as an educator.

I created a Loom video sharing some of my students’ work creating TPT folders in one of our courses as well as key ideas from TPTs and how to use them in both a virtual and face to face setting: How to Use TPTs to Engage Your Learners

Posted in Pedagogy, Young Learners

What’s Your Math Story?

As a methods teacher, I have been teaching current and future teachers how to teach many content areas.

Many of my students have anxiety when it comes to their confidence in teaching math to young children.

I ask them to share their math stories and many of my students share math stories that are not positive.

How can we change our own math stories? How can we help our students and children have positive math stories and a growth mindset that sees themselves as mathematicians?

Check out this enlightening Ted talk from Dan Finkel where he gives five principles of extraordinary math teachers that can help us change their stories.

Test Driving NearPod with a LIVE Session

On Friday I boldly experimented using NearPod during a LIVE synchronous session for my Math Methods – Teaching Math to Pre-K to 4th grade students.

I let my students (who are all going to be future teachers) know that I was experimenting and that things may not work exactly how I had planned.

I’d created the lesson in NearPod beforehand and then launched it live during my Microsoft Teams meeting.

It allowed all of my students to participate in open-ended questions, live polls, and also post responses on a collaborate board.

At the end of the session, I was able to have a report emailed to me which showed all of the student responses and provided great formative assessment information to me.

This was a great success. Total participation was up, and I gave myself and them another arrow for their quiver in these challenging days of online instruction.

The best part is that NearPod can be used as a free tool for teachers.

Check it out! It can work for all levels of students – K-12 and higher education, too!

And check out my other posts on EdTech, especially VoiceThread.

Posted in Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, EdTech, Technology

Hack Learning Interview: Education Technology and the 4 Cs with Stephanie Budhai and Laura McLaughlin Taddei

Mark Barnes from Hack Learning interviewed Stephanie and I on integrating technology into the classroom and helping teachers move technology integration from substitution to transforming teaching and learning.

We talk about the purposeful integration of technology and how can we use this technology to help students develop the 4 Cs (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication).