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Karen K. Campbell Electronic Portfolio Instructional Technology Coordinator Harrisonburg City Public Schools Office: (540) 434-5730 Home: (540) 298-2908 email@example.com This portfolio is designed to share with you some of my educational thoughts, experiences, and skills. Click on the buttons to explore various aspects of my career in education. Teaching Teaching is a passion for me. My own love of science inspired me to cultivate the same in my students. During the 17 years that I taught science, I strove to make learning fun, while involving students in relevant activities and developing higher-level thinking skills. Hands-on activities, technology, and real- world experiences were important components of my classes. Preparing students to take a multiple choice test was not my primary objective!! In 1998 I left the classroom to become the 1996 Page County Teacher of the Year technology resource teacher for Page County Schools. I remained in that position for 4 years and then moved to Harrisonburg City Schools to become the Instructional Click on Student Comments to read Technology Coordinator. I now work with what a sixth grade student wrote about teachers to help them to integrate technology his experience in my classes and on in their classes. Fortunately, I maintain my Philosophy to read about my ties to the classroom by occasionally teaching philosophy of education. classes reinforcing technology skills or modeling integrated lessons. Philosophy These four principles make up the basis for my philosophy of education: • All children can learn. • Learning must be fun • Children must be actively engaged in learning. • Children learn in different ways. Grove Hill student-scientists demonstrate that "Science is Fun" at the Page County Education Fair. All children can learn. I believe that all children can learn; however, it is the role of the teacher to provide opportunities for this to happen. In every classroom there is diversity: children who are gifted, learning disabled, culturally disadvantaged, ESL, abused, neglected -- the list goes on and on. One of the greatest challenges for any teacher is meeting the needs of each of these children. In order to do this, I feel it is important to recognize the uniqueness of each child, to understand the child, and to provide a variety of learning experiences using a variety of methods. When I Lab activities are an important design a lesson, I incorporate different part of science class. experiences within that lesson. In a recent lesson on supply and demand, we start with a hands-on activity, use video interactively to develop the content, then use a simulation to apply the concepts. Learning must be fun. I believe that learning must be fun. School should not be drudgery. At the beginning of each year, I used to challenge my students that came in saying “I hate science” that by the end of the year they would no long feel that way. Of course, I had to back that up. I did so by involving the students. We were active. Instead of lecturing about the Stream stomping was another favorite parts of plants, we went outside and “built activity of 7th graders. We collected a tree” using the students to represent the macroinvertebrates from a nearby roots, xylem, phloem, bark, and leaves. stream using seine nets, then While the roots were “slurping” up water, classified them according to the xylem and phloem were transporting sensitivity to pollutants to determine materials through the tree, and the leaves stream quality. were making food, I played the part of an annoying insect from which the bark had to protect the inner parts of the tree. "Build-a-Tree" activity from Joseph Cornell's Sharing the Joy of Nature. Children must be actively engaged. I believe that children must be actively engaged in learning. Hands-on activities, explorations, and collaboration are all very important components of the learning experience. Look at the students’ faces in a class where a teacher is standing in front droning on about important facts. Then walk into a classroom when the students are actively involved For many years, my students in a learning activity. You can see participated in the National Geographic the difference. Kids Network, investigating important (and relevant) topics like acid rain and water quality. In the picture students are collecting water samples from the Shenandoah River to test. Children learn in different ways. I believe that children learn in different ways. Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences reinforces what experienced teachers already know -- that children have different abilities and are able to learn in different ways. It is my responsibility to provide opportunities for children to do so. This young man successfully pulled the Most students are not auditory tablecloth out from under the dishes in a learners, yet lecture traditionally is demonstration of inertia. He was so the most prevalent method of excited that he decided to show his presenting information. The use grandmother, who also happened to be a of video, technology, and hands- school board member. Unfortunately he on activities enhances student used her best china. understanding of material. NTTI The National Teacher Training Institute was develop to train teachers how to effectively and strategically integrate video and other technologies into their classes. I have been a Master Teacher for NTTI since 1994. In that role, I write lesson plans for the binder and present at the annual institute. In addition, I have presented the NTTI methodology at a variety of other conferences and training sessions. Some of the NTTI Lessons that I have written: Heat vs. Temperature: What’s the Difference? On the Brink of War: The Cuban Missile Crisis Look Out Michael Jordan, Here Comes… Publications I have written numerous lessons for the National Teacher Training Institute's Virginia Binders. One of my lessons, "Up, Up, and Away" was chosen for inclusion in the Fast Forward to Math and Science CD Online Lesson Plans: Commonwealth of Knowledge website Blasts from the Past WVPT4Learning website Cabbage Patch Dolls, Beanie Babies, and White Power Rangers: The Story of Supply and Demand Look Out Michael Jordan, Here Comes… Heat vs. Temperature: What’s the Difference? On the Brink of War: The Cuban Missile Crisis Technology I began using technology in the classroom with video. As a visual learner myself I recognized the Completed a portfolio to demonstrate mastery importance of presenting information of the Technology Standards for in a variety of ways. When Instructional Personnel (Certified by Page computers became available, I County Public Schools, August 2000) quickly saw the value of this new tool. Fortunately I had a very supportive Earned a Certificate in Computer principal who managed to find the Classroom Applications: Productivity funds for me to purchase equipment. Concentration from University of Virginia For the first telecommunication (2000) project my students were involved in, we had to run a temporary phone line Certified for SASIxp Basic Support by NCS out of my room, across the hall, into Pearson (2000) the office, and plug in to the phone jack. By the time I left the classroom, Enrolled in the Masters of Education: my students were using the computer Educational Technology program at James connected to a presentation Madison University television, laser disk player, Internet, video microscope, VCR, and digital camera on a regular basis.
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