Hi! I'm a 3rd grade teacher at Nikiski North Star, and this is my fifth year in the district, seventh in the profession. I'm creative, resourceful, and passionate about integrating innovation and technology into the classroom to develop 21st century skills and problem solving. In 2018, I completed my M.Ed. in Online Innovation and Design. I've dabbled in various technology related pedagogies, including blended learning, flipped classroom model, personalized learning, Makerspaces, and STEAM. I believe in building confidence, independence, and ownership in student - and personalized learning has given me the power to do so! When I'm not wearing my teacher hat, I am frolicing around with theatre nerds, crafting up a storm, or trying to make people laugh with my stand up routine.
PL Strategy to share:
I found that many of the areas of PL, I was already implementing in my classroom before it was a focus of the district (as were countless educators in our district). My focus so far, has been tightening up those strategies and sharing. My favorite, is promoting student choice and building ownership of learning. I think the biggest change that PL has promoted in our district, is SHARING. Sharing ideas, strategies, activities, etc. I know it seems like I'm diverting from the prompt, but I also think that the elements of personalized learning are interconnected and act as dominos - focusing on one area, triggers other areas and strategies.