It’s National Teacher Appreciation Day, Bitsters! On this day, we want to highlight some oh-so-inventive educators who are unleashing creativity in their classrooms. These teachers are dedicated, engaging, and innovative.
Check out these 3 dynamic educators and mix some of their techniques into your classroom.
1. Kelly Knight
Kelly is a STEAM coordinator in Jacksonville, Florida. Her philosophy is to truly facilitate a learning environment where children can explore, create, and inspire. She aims to create confident students who aren’t afraid of failures and are willing to take on the world with curious minds.
We think Kelly is doing marvelous work – her students are certainly using their imaginations! They designed animatronic owls, creations based on Greek mythology, LEGO innovations, Harry Potter inventions, and more.
Ian currently teaches robotics, pre-engineering, and technology at Frontier Middle School. As a leader in his district, Ian writes the curriculum for the robotics courses, as well as provides training around the state. Wow.
If his students aren’t making, building, testing, or breaking something in class, then Ian feels like he’s not doing his job. And, we think that Ian is certainly excelling at his job – his students built and designed disco balls, LEGO cities, moving night lights, and even tutus for dogs!
3. Jean Kaneko
Jean was a maker educator before that term existed. She has been using littleBits since the beginning and is currently a littleBits Lead Educator! Prior to teaching, Jean produced computer graphics, special effects and interactive entertainment for movies, TV, commercials and large-format films.
She specializes in designing curriculum that provides deeper learning experiences for K-12 students. Which means that her teaching practices are all about taking innovation to the next level. Her TEDx talk “Failure Made Me Do It” highlights the importance of failure in learning, and we think this is something all students big and small should learn. We think failure is essential in the invention process.