As I was scrolling through Twitter, looking for inspiration and connecting new information to my own classroom I came across this article from Mind/Shift about students Podcasting as their final assessment. Podcasting has been something I have been interested in but because of time mostly, I have not had the opportunity to fully explore this. That being said, after reading this article, I started to think about my final Unit of the year for my 8th grade New Testament class and how I could integrate this into my classroom.
This post is going to be about the process I took to scaffold the assignment so my students are ready and able to understand podcasting, how to approach it, and the narrative that inspires the final product.
Teaching is a funny beast. As teachers we strive to connect with our students on so many levels, helping them to connect and achieve more in regards to our subjects. We are driven by standards, objectives, state and national policies on education as well as balancing standarized tests with our own curriculum that we have to trim and fit each year. Now, the Maker Movement, STEM or STEAM, 1:1, Educational Technology, and so many other initiative and strategies are constantly on the tips of our tongues as we are "looking to the future" of education.
But I am a teacher...right now
What can I do?
Taylor currently serves as a Coordinator of Innovative Learning for a mid-sized school district in Texas. He is a speaker, writer, and coach for all who are in conflict with the status quo.