Sooz Stahl11 months ago
Of course this sounds totally hip and awesome. I wish I didn't feel completely dissed by this proposal.
I'm a high school classroom teacher of 13 years and I'm sorry to say that I now bristle every time I read of yet another "do good" company that is poised to cash in on our underfunded and collapsing public school system. I say this not because I think that's what you're consciously doing, but that is what's happening and the main reason is because people who have never been teachers are convinced they know how to be a good one or how to design great stuff that will be useful in classrooms - since everyone was once a student, and perhaps a disgruntled student at that. Right?
Thinking that whatever innovative thing designed by these innovative people is going to be great for teachers without getting some teacher input is an oversight, to say the least. Who knows what would be great for teachers? Teachers! And please ask veteran teachers who have been in the classroom long enough to deeply understand the complexities of that environment.
Innovation is awesome and I like the intention of making the classroom a place where creativity thrives. I think my students would tell you that my classroom is such a place, and I know other teachers who are doing excellent, innovative work. I encourage you to consider teachers as resources to help you with this project. If you're open to this I can hook you up with some great science teachers to give you feedback on what your team comes up with.