Tuesday, December 18, 2012

What do Students Do When the Teacher's Away?

Yesterday I had Instructional Rounds scheduled with a group of teachers involved in a special project. One of the 7th grade teachers I was scheduled to visit had a family emergency and wasn't able to be at school. I decided to go ahead and see what was going on since I already had the time set aside, and I have to tell you . . .

It was amazing.

The students are engaged in Project Based Learning and were finishing up their "Dream Big" project where they design their dream bedrooms in collaborative teams using Chromebooks. They must know furniture and building costs, calculate dimensions, and keep up with lots of spreadsheets and calculations, as well as use tools like MyDeco.com and Autodesk Homestyler to create their rooms in 2 and 3D.

Everywhere students were discussing projects and solving problems.

It was TRULY a WOW! moment.

Way to go Mrs. Brenda Schultz and class. We couldn't stop talking about you!

Photograph Used with Permission from Andy Carlos Photography, Houston, TX. If you like it, please use the link to visit and like Andy's Facebook page where there are beautiful photos with unique perspectives and lighting like the one you see above, and this one, my other favorite.


Joy Kirr said...

I'd hope this would happen when I'm gone! I'm at home today, though, and I know students are opening GDocs and typing their papers... BORING! But I know they can do this without me. Heck, they could do it from home! I've seen a similar quote, one I try to work towards... Thomas Carruthers - A teacher is one who make himself progressively unnecessary. YES! Kudos to you for writing about this fabulous teacher, and kudos to Brenda!!

Unknown said...

Thanks Joy! I have a story I really enjoy telling about the best day of my teaching career being the one where I didn't show up . . . and neither did a substitute. Love the quote you shared too!

Anonymous said...

So the mom is teaching him how to use the potty, while he teaches his mom how to communicate with the world with a phone. Or... maybe she's "flipping" potty training!