I am a teacher, and a lifelong learner. I began teaching in Philadelphia in 2004 as a Science teacher for grades K-6. I also spent 5 years in a K-8 setting as a Technology teacher. I currently teach high school students how to think critically about technology and successfully integrate technology tools into their learning through a half-yearTechnology course. I also teach kids how to view their world with an artist’s eye and express themselves creatively in a half-year Art course. 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.

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  • Would love to talk with you about a project my team is working on.  I looked for an email comment form but did not find one…. I’m reaching out to tech savvy educators, like yourself. You can see my email and website domains from the comments submission form. I hope you will get back in touch.

  • What a great job you have been doing. Super!

    In NJ they have wielded “the standards” with such force that we can not do anything that is NOT in the standards. I used to teach the text based programming language “LOGO” in its newest form – Microworlds… but alas, its not in the standards. We also used to use Lego Logo Robots with the same language but…. yes, you guessed it – NJ doesn’t have a standard for that either. Just a bit frustrating… but we do have of course – “Powerpoint” a great crutch for adults that can not make a presentation in front of others. That’s legal. lol. plus of course excel which is just the best thing for 4th graders… Now that is in the standards.

    Please continue with your work, and ignore the standards if you can get away with it!!
    Bruce Cattanach

  • Hi!

    Nice blog! Wanted to share with you the tool Shakespeak (interactive tool for Power Point presentations). May be you will like using it with your students as well..?



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  • Marybeth,
    I follow you on Twitter and I’ve enjoyed your tweets.
    I would love to hear your opinion about the publishing/ed technology companies that are doing the most creative, useful and productive work for students and teachers. (Perhaps, even exciting?)
    I’ve been involved in educational publishing for years (VP, Sales) and I’m exploring
    the possibilities.
    Thanks for your input!

    • Bob, if you use my contact form I can send you more information. I didn’t realize that I had comments turned on for this page!

  • I would really like to talk to you asap on your new Internet Research approach. I was planning to do the same thing, but I had some questions. Could you email me any resources you use and lesson plans for me to see? Also, could we talk, my number is 508-863-3732.

    I look forward in talking with you.

    Ray Badger

  • I am a college student at Illinois State University, and I am in an Urban Ed. tagged course. I really admire your dedication to your students, as well as advocating for them in the best and most beneficial ways as possible. I would love to learn more about your social networking, as well as your teaching methods. What interests me most is your split class, between incorporating art and technology.
    I would love to hear back from asap! Thank you so much!

  • Hi Marybeth,

    I grew up in Philly and lived on the Main Line for 12 years before moving to the west coast. I’m an author, and I’m interested in teaching children how to write their own books. See http://max-opp.com/category/children-writing-books to see how I’m starting to implement this through video-based courses.

    Might you be interested in collaborating through Google Hangouts?


    • Hi Alan, sorry for the delayed response. I love the idea of kids learning how to write books! Unfortunately, the courses don’t fit into my current curriculum. I will keep them in mind for the future or for others who may find them a better fit.


  • MaryBeth,

    Thanks for your thoughtful writing, and your many gestures on behalf of our children’s futures. You caught my attention with your article about STEAM education and its history. My first exposure to these wonderful ideas was at an Arts Genesis Catalyst Symposium in the mid 90’s – Using the Arts to Access the Multiple Intelligences. Same ideas with, perhaps, a slightly broader target area. As a 5th grade teacher, my students and I LOVED using the arts to solidify and extend STEM and Social Studies concepts. Using the arts in our classrooms works so beautifully, as I’m sure you know. Keep up the great work!

  • I didn’t get very far without running into your name and blog as most influential in education. I’m sure you get tons of emails about platforms and products, but I wanted to reach out with the hope of having a conversation.

    I’m from Washington DC, Fitbound is a platform that engages, promotes, and provides short exercise bursts in the classroom.

    The goals are three fold:
    1. Increase students fitness habits
    2. Enhance their cognitive function on a daily basis
    3. Create a cross-cultural bridge using exercise to promote unity and awareness

    Would love to chat with you about your experiences in the classroom.


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