After six years of IB International teaching experience, Jeff Hoffart has found a passion in the facilitation of students taking action. This passion has allowed Jeff to support grade five students to take sustainable action and share this action using TEDx as a global platform.
Every teacher wants their students to take authentic action, but how do we help that process unfold in our classrooms? Now, co-creator and co-founder of ED-ucation Publishing, Jeff is working to spread this idea throughout classrooms across the globe through the creation of an action phase document , accompanied by a published children’s book. In partnership with Tosca Killoran, Jeff plans to share the ideas in this book,
A is for Action, to help encourage and promote sustainable action at a young age in order to help make a positive change in and to the world.
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/EducationWithEddie I am a driven young man with a strong work ethic. I consider teaching to be a part of who I am, not a job that I do. I enjoy new challenges and understand that teaching is both a challenging and rewarding career that can never truly be mastered due to the continual change of students’ needs. Therefore, I am committed to my own continuous professional development and life-long learning in my efforts to provide my best for my students’ journey through quality lifelong learning.
I have been through an entire implementation of the PYP (IB) program from pre-implementation to post-authorization. This has been one of the most rewarding experiences in professional development as I have gained a deep understanding of the foundation of the PYP and have helped in the development of the program. I have a plethora of PD experience and have personally attended six PYP workshops from ‘Making the PYP Happen’ to PYP Exhibition, to third tier workshops like ‘The Role of Language’ and ‘Teacher-Librarian Continuums’.
I am a firm believer in character education and appreciate the importance of the Learner Profile and PYP attitudes as a core component of the IB. I understand that these traits cannot simply be taught and believe that the most important factor in helping students to develop appropriate behaviors and attitudes is to be a positive role model myself. My belief is that I cannot expect my students to show respect unless I respect them. The same is true of all the Learner Profile and Attitudes. Thus, as a teacher, I provide optimum learning in a safe, caring, and supportive learning environment for all students and continue to reflect on my own character in order to be the best role model I can.
My goal is for students to develop these character traits, as well as receive a quality education. I strive to ensure students are engaged, enjoy what they learn, understand why they are learning a certain topic or skill, and be able to apply this to their lives. I encourage students to ‘think outside of the box’ and explore higher-level inquiries in an effort to take action in their own lives or in the greater world. Teaching in Taiwan, where there is a large variation in language levels as well as interests, has challenged me to consider differentiation and multiple intelligences in every learning experience that occurs.
I also believe it’s important to develop relationships with students beyond the classroom and am enthusiastic about extra involvement, including sports (e.g. Basketball, Volleyball), as well as activities (e.g. student leadership, technology-based activities, as well as literacy-based activities). I can also offer professional support in Language Curriculum Development (as I have previously contributed to in my role as PYP Language Coordinator), as well as in Resource Management, Integration of Technology and Training (as I have previously contributed to in my role as Resource Coordinator).
In order to gain a deeper understanding of who I am and what I have accomplished to date, please visit my online portfolio @ www.jeffhoffart.com
Technology Integration in Education, Character Education, Fostering Curiosity and Inquiry-driven Education
It is brilliant that TED-Ed has launched! Earlier this year, a colleague and I began to develop a project extremely similar to this. We wanted to create a you-tube-like network, where any 'expert' (which could be anyone with expertise to share) could contribute. The idea was to provide access to a network of educational videos and provide associated learning resources (e.g. lesson plans, discussion questions, extension activities, writing prompts, related websites and print resources, etc...) to further explore the topic. It is difficult to develop such a project, while doing my best as a full-time educator. I am glad that TED-Ed has launched and I do plan on submitting multiple lessons that I feel match the ethos of inspiring curiosity in the minds of our students.
Global Education, The Integration of Technology in Education, Online Resources for Teachers/Parents/Students, Character Education
I have always been interested in TED and have been an avid viewer for years. I have recently become a member and this year, with the help of my friend and colleague, Tosca Killoran, I am planning my first event: TEDxYouth@BIS in May 2012!
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