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Monro Clark Middle School
Hometown:
Amherst, MA
Class Information:
Class Description:
I teach in City Heights in San Diego CA. Our students speak over 30 languages and 100% of the school receives free lunch and title one funding. I teach students who are at risk and have emotional and learning disabilities. This year I developed a social networking site through collective x to create a virtual classroom for students to interact in. I believe most paper and pencil tasks are obsolete, waste resources and are viewed as tedious and unnecessary by students. Rather than filling out a daily "reading log" my students take turns being the discussion moderator and post questions to our blog forum that the students respond to. The site has been a huge success at creating meaningful student engagement. Anothergreat project that our class completed this year was in conjunction with an MIT laboratory here in City Heights. The Fab Lab is one of 24 around the world that was born out of an MIT class on "how to make anything" and is now a real time social experiment with its objective to bridge the technological gap that exists in urban areas and remote places. Our sister Lab is going to be opening soon in Afghanistan. Ourclass completed a Tribute Project to a Hero or Heroine and used software to manipulate student generated content (text and an image) which was then sent to a laser cutter and the content was etched into miniature wood blocks for the students to keep. A larger scale version is going to be displayed in the City Heights Mid City Building in Late June there will be a community Art Unveiling which all students and family will be invited to attend. Fab Lab Link http://www.headsonfire.org/
Position:
Education Specialist
Needs:
My students need access to tools and and inspirational content at school to motivate them and unlock their boundless potential. Check out this video on TeacherTube it summarizes needs of most students in the United States, in keeping with the spirit of Digital wish; http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=6f2c2eba77f39993d118&page=1&viewtype=&category=
My Philosophy:
All students can learn and all people are of equal value. At everyones core is a desire to be seen, heard and acknowledged for who they truly are. If I can do that for a child that is the most important task I can accomplish as an educator... after that the teaching is easy in comparison. :)
Personal Information:
About Me:
I love to travel and have meaningful conversations with people from all walks of life regarding almost anything.
College and Degrees:
Umass Amherst, BA. Psychology Education Specialist Credential
Activities:
ALC After School Tutoring Program, City Height Educational Collaborative, Modeland Supervising Teacher Collaborative, SDUSD, US Campaign for Burma San Diego Chapter Organizer, http://uscampaignforburma.org/index.php
Favorite Books:
Blessing of the Flesh Sins of the Spirit, The End of Poverty, Where the Wild Things Are
Favorite Quotes:
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school." - Albert Einstein
Interests:
Traveling, reading, going to the beach, bike riding, hiking, cooking organic healthy food, emerging technologies, urban development, Sunday brunch, friends, family, music of all kinds and fine wine, teas and coffee
Employment History:
Stars Behavioral Health Group, Counselor 2002-2004 San Diego Unified School District, Education Specialist 2004- current
Why Do I Teach?:
Education and knowledge enhances individualsí life experiences and ultimately leads to happiness. I believe everyone deserves a rich life. It is a pleasure to help facilitate that.