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 StudioMIT 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.