I have been teaching since 1992. I have taught in private, public, charter, Montessori, and even British Primary schools. I hold a dual certificate in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. I also hold a M.Ed in Integrative Learning. I have a Primary Montessori Credential (AMS 6-9). I've taught in PA, NJ, MA, RI, NC as well as in London, Carlisle, and Barrow-in-Furness.
An idea worth spreading
Education needs to be balanced between process & product. We're pushing the process with no real world experience or real goals or real product. Students need to start young learning about food production (cooking, gardening), clothing production (sewing, etc.), creating a shelter (building a tent, lean to, birdhouse, etc.). Starting with small skills & small products, students can build up skills to create bigger, more complex products (gardens, sheds or houses, clothing, etc.). Creating something is a natural motivator. It's a real problem solving experience. Students get to have real life experiences measuring, sifting, observing, thinking & using those thoughts to reach a goal that is concrete, tangible, able to be personally reviewed. Now the student has a product to be kept, sold, used as a further teaching too for future products.[ How can my product be made better?] This is done in art, music, etc. Kids will have skills. They'll stay in school doing & planning. We need this!
I'm passionate about
learning. I feel that many skills that made us strong & independent are being lost to technology. We've become more dependent. Most people knew how to build, sew, or grow food in the past. We don't.
My TED story
I was looking for a place that I could express my ideas about education and the needs of students. I had seen a show about TED and thought this might be the place to share. The world has changed in so many ways but many things have not changed with it and some things we have lost. It is my hope that there are those out there that have seen these changes too and are equally concerned.