Thirty-five teachers from 13 states recently visited Mountain View, CA to network, learn and collaborate with leading educators at the U.S. Innovative Teachers Forum. The forum allowed teachers from across the U.S. to share their most innovative educational strategies, inspire other teachers and give them the tools they need to implement them in their own classrooms.
The teams of teachers were selected to participate from applications submitted to the U.S. Innovative Teachers Network (ITN). One team was selected to represent the United States at the Worldwide Innovative Teachers Forum in Brazil this November.
Projects presented include the following:
Newport News, Virginia - Warwick High School - Ed Lansford, Judy Spalding
In Pyramid Pizzas, students evaluated sources of nutritional information, both in the traditional classroom and in a computer lab, compared nutritional needs using MyPyramid.gov, and planned and prepared balanced meals in a lab setting.
Mobile, Alabama - St. Paul's Episcopal School - Kelli Etheredge, Molly Wagner
Students learn how to read poetry and explore the literary devices contained in poems. They critically analyze poetry for its meaning, and convert poems into movies that reflect the mood and theme of the poem studied.
Horsham, Pennsylvania - Keith Valley Middle School - Valerie Fasy, Diane Heitzenrater, Stacy Rotchford
Students work collaboratively to design a Rube Goldberg-like machine which completes an everyday task. Students are challenged to include the six simple machines in a ten-step design and make it "work" using advanced custom animation tools in PowerPoint.
For more information, visit U.S. Innovative Teachers Network