I took a couple of days off this week to to attend the gathering of fellow State Teacher of the Year honorees in Sacramento. I was humbled to be considered as a finalist along with such a truly remarkable group of educators. I thoroughly enjoyed the day that included a morning mini-conference, interactive luncheon, private tour of the capitol – including a visit to the governor’s office, and a stellar awards ceremony and dinner.
Minecraft has made me a much better teacher and learner. It has opened my eyes to both possibilities and realities over the years and continues to have a deep impact on how my students learn. I look forward to sharing more innovative and creative student work with you in the the coming weeks.
What Minecraft has taught me
- Lesson planning is much more challenging and intriguing when you design experiences
- Gameplay is a necessity
- Everyone has untapped creative potential
- Student feedback is critical
- Cohesive teamwork can be elusive, but the payoff is worth the effort