1) Sharing your thoughts and ideas helps other teachers grow
2) Posting and Commenting are great ways to reflect on your own teaching
3) The more active you are, the higher up the Power Beans page you’ll find yourself
We want to recognize the educators who are active members of Edbean. We want to help new members connect with others and grow their professional learning network (PLN). We want to encourage everyone to participate and have a little fun while doing it! Move up the Power Beans page by listening to our podcasts, tweeting with us at #edbean, posting to the blog, and commenting on other members’ posts.
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6th Grade Science
Kamie earned her B.S. in Communications from Northwestern while taking extra science classes on the side for fun -a practice that she continued after graduation. A few years later, Kamie attended DePaul University’s School of Education to officially and certifiably combine her flair for performance with her undying passion for scienctific knowledge. The result: an always enthusiastic, rather zany, sixth grade science teacher. Here’s what she has to say:
From my experience, the connections between creativity and science are frequently overlooked or overshadowed by old, dry stereotypes. It’s time to sweep these cobwebs away! The scientific process is inherently creative. ‘Doing science’ means wondering about the world around you, playing with new ideas, investigating mysteries, inventing solutions and trying to make sense of it all. Tell me that’s not creativity in action!
Middle School Drama
I am the Middle School Drama teacher and director at University School of Milwaukee, and the founder of Higher Expectations Theatre. After 15 years of being a counselor, I am now a member of the Advisory Board of Red Arrow Camp. Finally, I am blessed to work with the youth of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, as a Faith Development Leader. I work with a lot of kids of all different ages! At school, at camp, at church…I am constantly surrounded by kids! What I have discovered in my years of educating young people is that, in many ways, they are all alike. It has become the norm to talk about what each individual child needs, to look at different age groups, and assess the different learning styles and cognitive abilities. While I do not argue that a strong educator knows each of the children he or she teaches, I believe that children, as a whole, are very much the same. They all have amazing potential, that is very often untapped. They are all capable of achieving greatness, if challenged. Finally, if held to high expectations, all children will rise and meet those expectations in spectacular ways. As a Drama teacher, I have the opportunity to work with kids in a variety of creative ways. However, I challenge every educator to look at their discipline and find ways to reach your students more creatively. As Sally Hogshead says, “You don’t learn how to be fascinating. You unlearn how to be boring.”
6th World History & 8th International Relations
Today, teaching is often seen as a science. Brain based research, high stakes testing, and tracking of both students and teachers have become second nature. It is my belief that good teachers are not scientists, but rather artists. The field of education is not just about test scores and district curves. It is my goal to inspire students to do their very best. I want them to take pride in their work, learn for the sake of learning, and create something extraordinary. That is why I see each day as an opportunity to inspire, motivate, and encourage my students. Carl Buechner says, “They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Of course a level of competency with content is both important and necessary, but so is play, passion, and purpose. Creating a lifelong learners is no easy task, but it is one on which I set my sights. Eugene Patterson an American Journalist says about life, “Don’t just make a living, make a mark.” As an educator, I say, “Don’t just make a grade, make a mark.”
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6th Grade History Teacher
Teacher. Author. Blogger. Fueled by the power we hold as teachers to impact lives. Love to read. Love to create. Love to Learn.
Blog: Water for Sixth Grade
Bus & InfoTech
I love being a teacher. I love helping students and teachers be better. I love working towards a future in which everyone loves to be at school, like me. I also love puns, and hyperbole. Huge Brewers, Timber Rattlers, and Patriots fan. Also a pretty big gamer. Current Technology Training Specialist in De Pere, WI
Blog: Tech Chats
High School Social Studies Teacher turned Tech Integrator. Teaching is my passion. Education is about building relationships through the creation of engaging curriculum.
Blog: Ben Brazeau
Sarah Thomas is a Google Certified Teacher and Edmodo Certified Teacher, as well as the leader of the Washington, DC Google Educator Group. She is the Technology Liaison at John Hanson French Immersion School in Oxon Hill, MD. In addition to this role, she also teaches Technology Integration and English Language Arts at the middle school level. She has served on the School Leadership Team, advising administrators and teachers on technology-related matters.
Blog: Sarah Thomas
Mallory from San Diego, CA. I currently teach 6th Math and Science, but have also taught Social Studies at a middle school level. I set out to work with young adolescents because I’m amazed at how they wake up and function every day despite everything that may be changing in their life. I also set out to work with “at-promise” populations because I want to help students that face societal and political marginalization to realize that education is power and a platform for their voice. My goal this year is to follow the words of Yuri Kochyiama, “Our ultimate objective in learning about anything is to try to create and develop a more just society.” No matter if we’re learning math or science or any other “subject”, we are learning to become better people to better our world.
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Blog: history is never dead
6th Grade Teacher
6th grade teacher, Cin. Ohio, Passionate about connecting my students to their future world,1:1 classroom, Writer, Enjoy escapes to Dingle Ireland.