Creating Experiences, Not Lessons
In my classroom, I was constantly doing things so rapidly different than my colleagues. I never thought it was better, but I did know it was outside the norm. I looked for every opportunity to push my students to be more and do more. As a young teacher I would repeatedly hear from different leaders and presenters, "Think back to when you were a kid. What teacher do you remember and what do you remember about their class?" It was always teachers reflecting on an experience, not a lesson.
I started to wonder, if that is what we all remember, why am I spending so much time planning how I will deliver a lesson. Perhaps I can spend more time planning what the students will do to learn the content. This is where my passion and mission as a teacher was confirmed. My goal was to create the experiences students will remember while learning the content.
I now spend my time maintaining my professional K-12 role while traveling nationally to empower teachers with professional learning experiences and keynote speeches.