Welcome to Teach for Innovation!
What is Teach for Innovation?
Teach Innovation documents my work as an innovation coordinator, makerspace manager, technology integrationist and studio classroom teacher in an elementary setting. Currently, I teach in a design lab, which refers both to a physical space and the style of learning that goes on within it. The design lab is inspired by NuVu Studio, MIT Media Lab and Stanford d.school. It is a collaborative space hosting dedicated classes for students grades 2 -8 as well as opportunities for teacher professional development and student extension projects for grades PreK-8. The design lab space and I are resources for project-based learning in classrooms. Lab-based projects encourage an entrepreneurial, passion-based approach to learning via creativity and the iterative process. Work is hands-on, active learning through STEM-rich topics like robotics, coding and programming, graphic design, digital media, stop motion animation, design and prototyping. Projects encourage creativity, collaboration, metacognition, patience, independence and flexibility; skills that are the hallmark of an innovative 21st century education.