LeaAnne is a teacher and instructional technology leader at Lucas Christian Academy in Texas. She has been using Discovery Education resources for 8 years. She shared “I can honestly say that Discovery Education and the teacher network are what keep me active, knowledgeable and continually learning in my profession. If I’m not on Discovery Education, it is likely that I am conversing with others I met using the product.
How do you start your day?
I often start my day with a workout or a run and then a big cup of coffee. I am not much of a morning person, so this often wakes me up nicely!
Why did you become a teacher?
Because I relate to kids. I am very empathetic to their social and emotional needs and love spending time with them. I love being in a classroom where my projects and passions allow children to step out of their comfort zone and try something new. I love inspiring other teachers and helping them to work with tools they aren’t comfortable with yet. I enjoy the school environment where our learning and sharing helps everyone to grow in knowledge and understanding of subjects, including me!
What is one of your favorite ways to use Discovery Education?
I often pull related videos or links from DE and place them on my site so students have quick access to specific content and when needed can explore the items I’ve provided. For example, one of my classes has a unit on Green Screening. They will research a topic and write and act it out. I will provide them related background pictures from DE so that the students can be inside the photo sharing what they’ve learned. It’s a fun one-day project that allows for understanding of tools without spending weeks completing it.
What is a ritual you have in your classroom?
I co-teach yearbook with an amazing teacher named Mrs. Hauser. She started a ritual in our class that I have grown to love which is Fun Food Friday. On Friday’s a student is responsible for bringing breakfast items for the class. They can be homemade or store bought. It gives us time to gather and socialize before completing our weekly assignments. It’s a lot of fun!
How are you involved in education aside from your role as educator?
I am a current board member for the TCEA Robotics Special Interest Group for the state of Texas. I am a TCEA member. I am hoping to work in Higher Ed as an online educator at the state level soon, teaching teachers skills for their classroom.
What advice do you give to a teacher who is hesitant to use digital media in their classroom?
You can’t learn to succeed if you don’t learn to fail first!
What advice do you have for first year teachers?
Find a community of educators that you can bond with in your field and grow those relationships to last.
What sites do you visit to assist in your teaching practice?
I use DE for their SOS strategies and content. I became a big fan of schoology this year and use it for assigning and receiving homework. I use weebly to teach my students about website building and student portfolios and also to share work. I use Facebook to post current events from my class to the parents and school community. I use Dropbox and iCloud to store documents and photos and I use google for document creation, collaborating and sharing. I use Adobe cloud for graphics and design and I use yearbook avenue to create our school yearbook. I use Twitter to catch up on the latest trends, discussions and chats. I use Glide to converse daily with my favorite DEN friends via video chatting.
What other organizations/groups are you a part of?
DEN Leadership Council, DEN Guru, TCEA Tech-SIG, TCEA Robo-SIG Board member (secretary), North Texas Runners, Dallas Running Club, Runner’s Corner, Boy Scouts of America
When you’re not working, where are we most likely to find you?
Running. I love to run and am currently training for my next Marathon.
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