This week we’re celebrating Kati Searcy, a K-5 Gifted Teacher and Professional Learning Facilitator for Fulton County Schools, Georgia. Katie has been using Discovery Education since 2008 and first explored videos. “Then, I attended an DEN Summer Institute and my eyes were opened to all of the ways that my students could benefit from DE resources. Students love digital media – it engages them right away.”
How do you start your day?
I have an one hour ride to work. The first thirty minutes of the ride is my meditation time. The rest of the journey involves phone calls to friends who are also up that early (educators, of course) and listening to music that I can sing along with.
Why did you become a teacher?
I love working with children. Also, when I was young my mother told me I should grow up and be a teacher because I was so “bossy.” I think I’m not so bossy now – I really try to let the students have input as to how they want to learn.
What is one of your favorite ways to use Discovery Education?
I have started flipping my classroom. Students are assigned video segments from Discovery Education to watch for homework. Using Assignment Builder, I can create assignments that include watching the video, responding to the video and more.
How are you involved in education aside from your role as educator?
I am a DEN Guru and I present at a lot of conferences – I love going to conferences to share, to learn and to network.
What advice do you give to a teacher who is hesitant to use digital media in their classroom?
Try it / take some baby steps. Go to DE streaming and put in an advanced search by your standards. You’ll be amazed at all of the resources that pop up.
What advice do you have for first year teachers?
Enjoy the experience, but don’t be so busy making a living that you forget to live.
What sites do you visit to assist in your teaching practice?
Twitter has become an outstanding source of information for me.
What sites do you visit for your own (non education) interests?
www.isc.ro – Internet Scrabble Club – that’s my daily relaxing ritual
My most memorable experience with the DEN happened in 2008 when I attended my first summer institute. In one week, I learned more than I did with a complete master’s degree program. I was in complete awe of the calibre of people who were there and the wealth of knowledge they had to share. I was so impressed that the “stars” of DE would actually sit down with me, one-on-one, and share with me so freely. I made some wonderful friends at that 2008 conference….friends I still have today.
When you’re not working, where are we most likely to find you?
At the beach
Krispy Kreme glazed, hot and fresh
How can others connect with you?