There was an abundance of information at the CUE conference in Palm Springs. I was able to take in so much without getting too overwhelmed. There were many other teachers there seeking information on how to become a better teacher in this new age of technology. Project-based learning was one of the main features of the conference. This teaching strategy was explained by many presenters by stating that it should be focused on how to use technology in research and demonstration of learning. But, the greatest “takeaway” was realizing that project based learning is all about the process and not the product. This means that it is about the journey that the students take and not the end result a student will produce. The product represents their passion for learning and should not be judged or evaluated in any way. Teachers should focus on facilitating learning during the research process so that the students direct their own learning, yet are lead to the particular standards that are required of the grade level. All in all, I enjoyed every moment and I am re-charged to begin innovative methods of instruction.
Taking off to the Reading Rainbow
3D Printing... Crazy!
Mrs. Cowan loves photography, horses, coffee, tennis, hiking, more coffee, and her animals. Teaching is my greatest passion and I live everyday to find new and exciting things to share with my kids!