Responding to a call for proposals, five NMC K-12 Ambassadors were selected to explain their solution to education’s wicked problems in front of an attentive audience. After the presentations, attendees voted for their top choice while the results were captured in real time on the big screens at the front of the ballroom – an NMC first.
The clear winner of the Don Henderson prize, a recognition bestowed to innovative leaders in education, was Cheryl Steighner, who teaches 2nd and 3rd graders in Federal Way, Washington. Congrats, Cheryl!
4. How can we reinvent teaching and learning? In her prize winning proposal and presentation, NMC K-12 Ambassador Cheryl Steighner focused on a misconception that has limited the potential of learners – “failure.” Rather than failure, Steighner believes that every setback in the learning process should be considered an “attempt to learn.” In this way, students can anticipate that they will make mistakes and feel encouraged to iterate and to create their own standard of excellence. She also suggested a creating a space for educators that is a mix of the NMC Commons, FAIL Blog, Post Secret, where teachers can get exchange experiences and ideas that will lead them to the most effective pedagogies.
5. What does the “Hail Mary” have to do with educational technology? Mobile edtech champ and Aussie K-12 Ambassador Jonathan Nalder showed he knew his audience when he referenced an infamous football play – the “Hail Mary” – into his presentation. Largely considered a miracle play, Nalder proposes that all educators and administrators should shoot high and wide as opposed to limiting expectations and options based on traditional practices or plays.
Still going! – Victoria Estrada