I’m ALWAYS Learning


After reading and studying the different learning theories and learning styles, it was brought to my attention that I learn many different ways. I have a multimodal way of learning, meaning that I have to use kinesthetic, read/write, aural, and visual strategies.

Using more than one strategy usually works best! Knowing this, my learning stretches across different learning theories as well. I feel as if I may dip into a little bit of all the learning theories based on different situations and also my mood. My students show the same energy at times. In order to keep their engagement, you have to know your students and feel their energy and think, “How will my students learn best?”

Technology plays a huge part in my learning and teaching. Teachers need to keep abreast of the new technologies and instructional strategies using apps on iPads, for example.  When performing research, I have to teach my students how to research correctly using the internet and making them aware of situations that could arise. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t use technology. I use it to keep grades and attendance, keep records, and analyze data. I often find different ways to engage my students and use technology to raise the rigor of the curriculum.

There’s so much to learning and teaching than meets the eye. Those who aren’t in the education field find it hard to believe that it’s a difficult job. It’s not for everybody! But for those who want to argue, I simply take off my shoes and tell them, “Here, put these on!”


My Mind Map of Network Connections


Mind mapping is fun and I was able to reflect on my learning experiencing. Theres no way that I would have been able to finish this because its a “working” mind map. I am constantly getting information and support from family, education, work and my personal life. This allows me to connect with different people all the time and through them I acquire new skills and experiences. During this process, I was able to reflect on my past experiences and think about the wonderful memories. Those memories alone, taught and molded me into the person I am today.

From the Brain to the Classroom

There are many websites and articles about how the brain learns. The study of neurosciences have developed many different approaches to trying to understand how the brain works. But since no one is able to fully dissect the brain to fathom how the brain learns, those with epilepsy are the ones to go through any such trial. There continues to be research done and the links below can help us understand how to apply techniques to better the learning that is happening in the classroom.

Brain-based learning is an excellent website  full of tools like videos, news articles, and website that help explain how neurosciences can be applied in various lessons.

Since I began my career in education, the schools that I have taught at are those with low social-economic status. They receive federal grants under Title I. In the past 9 years as an educator, the 4 schools that I have taught at have a history of students who come from broken homes divorce, parents that are incarcerated, being raised by grandparents, homes involved in drugs etc.

  In my opinion, these families send me their best everyday. Our school has to be inviting and have a feeling of safety and trust.

The following website: How Can Research on the Brain Inform Education?, explains how certain findings encourage educators and parents to expose their little ones to different learning experiences.


Technology Integration in Middle School


Being a middle school science teacher, I’m always looking for the next big thing to engage students and make their learning meaningful. With the introduction of iPads at our campus, I have made it a personal challenge to flip my classroom. The students are already submerged into the technology world, so why not incorporate that with learning!

The Edutopia – Flipped classroom Blog, is a great source for strategies, videos, and online blogging about what a flipped classroom has to offer. Its a great way to use differentiated instruction through technology. The most successful part of a flipped classroom is customized, watchable, functional videos. Students are able to express themselves in a whole new way. The videos must encourage the students to interact as well as watch.

In a true flipped classroom, the teacher’s role is to be a mentor by stepping away from the traditional lecture. There are Apps for the Flipped Classroom  that have everything from interactive practice sets to instructional videos to whiteboard tools to help students learn new things at home, freeing up classroom time for clarification, exploration, and creation. When looking through the apps for Science, I discovered some great science tools, tips, lesson plans and ready-to-use resources for STEM/STEAM for physics, biology, chemistry, and Earth science.

My students deserve the best learning environment and I need to make sure to be efficient in building lessons. The following website: Top Instructional Design Tips , has great design tips to help one learn about course design and how to build those strong lessons.