by Lisa Dawley, PhD for Edsurge.com. I think it's a wonderful honor to be considered an educational innovator but also a bit confusing for me. When you see who I am grouped with in the article, you'll find educators who have unique educational brands that shape their career paths.
I'm in the same job I've had since I graduated from college. I did all my growing, exploring, and "innovating" in my art room. My career path is the one I've worn through the tiles of my classroom floor.
I think what I offer teachers is the same thing I offer my students, tech-infused art lessons that make learning (Fugle) fun.
The more I shared via blogs, Twitter, or on Artsonia, the more I realized that other teachers wanted to use our movies, lessons, and resources for their classrooms. Knowing that their work could potentially be seen by others beyond our school community raised the bar for my students in motivation and execution. This has energized me personally and my students. It's not a one-way street.