I'm currently teaching an unconventional English 12 class. Through the Globaloria program, my students are working through the English 12 curriculum and exploring and creating educational video games. With the use of an online textbook, wikis, blogs, and FLASH the class is almost completely paperless and pen-less. It is completely and totally problem based learning and the kids are having a blast!!!
All of the students in the class are flourishing. They are learning so much and using collaborative learning techniques to learn more about themselves and the world around them. It is one of those classes that a teacher dreams about.
On Tuesday, two of my students were asked to present their class to some of the major stakeholders in the GlobaloriaWV project. The gave a 10 minute presentation about their unique class in front of:
Dr. Jorea Marple, The Assistant Superintendent of WV Schools
Dr. Steven Paine, The Superintendent of WV Schools
Gaston Caperton, former WV Governor and current President of The College Board
Dr. Idit Caperton, founder and president of World Wide Workshop Foundation
Gayle Manchin, WV's First Lady
Monica Beane, Assistant Directory of The Office of Instruction
David Lowenstein, State Director of Globaloria WV
That is a well respected and highly educated audience. The girls were nervous, but one would have never known. I was so proud of them! I still am.