I am a teacher, and a lifelong learner. I began teaching in Philadelphia in 2004 and have since then been a Science teacher for grades K-6 and I currently teach high school students how to think critically about technology and successfully integrate technology tools into their learning. I also teach kids how to view their world with an artist’s eye and express themselves creatively. Students complete a unit on digital citizenship and throughout the year they learn things like research skills, composing and organizing emails, successfully using Google Apps and some basic programming, digital video and digital storytelling among others. Students are given choices for their topics and all projects are graded through rubrics, with numerous opportunities for feedback. Over the years, my instruction has evolved along with my teaching philosophy. I believe in student-centered learning, with a focus on choice and individual interests and independence. As such, I gear my assessments less around grades and numbers and more around feedback, skill mastery and meeting students where they are. The most exciting thing about teaching is that I never stop learning about my students and about myself as a teacher and person.
I started blogging in 2007 as a way to share with the world the deplorable conditions in which my students learned. A few months later I joined Twitter in preparation for my first ISTE/NECC conference in Washington, DC. I was instantly hooked and became an avid user of social media (you can find me on Twitter as @mbteach). I now blog about a variety of topics around education and this blog has been a way for me to reflect and build dialogue around my practice.
Over the last three years I have expanded my network, met some amazing educators and become a much better teacher for it. I have been a weekly moderator for the #edchat discussion on Twitter every Tuesday, I have presented at a number of conferences, including ISTE 2011 here in Philadelphia, helped co-organize the very first edcamp Philly and blog for Edutopia about tech integration at the elementary level. In 2010 I was named one of ISTE’s Emerging Leaders. In 2011 I was elected Treasurer of the Edcamp Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the edcamp movement nationwide. I also sit on the International Advisory Board for the Digital Harbor Foundation, a non-profit that connects educators, students and tech companies in Baltimore, MD.