Classroom 2.0 Live Featured Teacher Presentation and Reflection on Student Voice, STEM, Teacher Tinker Time, and Pushing Boundaries

Saturday, May 17th I had the honor to be a featured teacher for Classroom 2.o.

It has been a while since I presented online. I did not want to have a boring presentation and wanted to cram as much in as I could.

I loved this chat. I loved that two of my students came online to speak. I left this open for any of my students who I work with to jump in. It is just another sign of the amazing student voice that we have developing in our school. I tried to convey not just student voice through action and in a general situation, but also through STEM activities. I wanted to showcase that student voice can look different based on the students and how you operate in your school.

Reflecting back I think the chat went well. I hope it provided benefit for others. As I continued to talk I was getting all fired up with my passion for student voice, play, tinkering, and just challenging ourselves to be better. I wish I had more time as an hour flies by when you get going.

If you have questions or want to know more about what I shared please reach out to me.

I plan on sharing out product descriptions, material lists, costs, etc. on all the projects I shared. I have some new ideas that generated from this presentation and will be sharing those soon.

Thanks to all who listened and joined. Thanks to my two awesome students who jumped in. This won’t be the last that we hear from them.

Here is a description of the presentation

We are so excited to have Aaron to help us wind down the school year and ramp up our motivation as our awesome May Featured Teacher! Aaron Maurer, known as Coffeechug, is a former gifted education teacher for Bettendorf Middle School in Iowa and is currently an Instructional Coach for the district. He was also a 6th grade social studies and literacy teacher prior to that. But his day doesn’t end there…after school he is a First Lego League Robotics coach, boys/girls basketball coach, and runs intramural football for 6th grade. Aaron was an Iowa Teacher of the Year Finalist for 2014 and is a member of the LEGO Education Advisory Panel. He advocates and operates several global projects and communications with students all over the world.

Aaron  and his students shared some of the amazing things he is doing with his students and teachers and three of his many passions: (1) STEM and the Power of Play, Tinkering, and Coding (including things beyond curriculum with after school programs, bringing students in to tinker and develop, and some of his current projects with robotics, Arduino, and Young Engineers of Today); (2) Student Voice, his heart and soul, where students are part of project tunings, and a student group called Iowa High Five (a group of students whose mission is to educate and inspire youth to reach their full potential as leaders) and (3) PBL which is being implemented school-wide in his middle school of 1100 students that incorporates a process called project tunings.

Recording (full):

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Recording Chat:

Here is a list of all resources shared and discussed

Here is an archive of the presentation

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