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Karen K. Campbell Electronic Portfolio


									Karen K. Campbell
Electronic Portfolio

    Instructional Technology Coordinator
      Harrisonburg City Public Schools
            Office: (540) 434-5730
           Home: (540) 298-2908

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 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.

                                       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.
 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…
I have written numerous lessons for the
National Teacher Training Institute's Virginia
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
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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