STEM ~ Engineering students working on Rube Goldberg machines and programming Mad Lib stories.
My profession is educating children who are going to be the future global leaders. I must prepare them for this rapidly changing and technology driven world, for jobs that have not even been created yet. Therefore, it is imperative that I teach the 21st century skills and promote a global awareness to cultivate citizens who will take responsibility and initiative in building a solid future locally and internationally.
Part of that exciting challenge for me is continuing the learning process by keeping abreast of current research, current technologies, strengthening STEM related programs and projects, and best practices that are essential for fostering and educating the whole child. I feel that my willingness to listen and learn is the key to the constant refinement of my lesson delivery and coaching style. I am open to constructive criticisms and positive feedback from my students, colleagues, and administration. I gather this information through regular surveys and supervisor evaluations to reflect on my progress and assess my effectiveness. By doing this, I learn my strengths, and I also discover where my focus of improvement and change should be. If I expect dynamic learning in my classroom, then I must model dynamic learning.
"I haven't failed. I just found 10,000 ways that don't work."
~ Thomas Edison, Inventor