Saturday, April 21, 2018
Jennifer Regruth, April Featured Teacher
On Classroom 2.0 LIVE we always look forward to our Featured Teacher presentations because we love getting a peek inside the classrooms and the inspiration shared! We are very excited to welcome Jennifer Regruth as our April Featured Teacher in this week’s presentation! Jennifer plans to share some of the things that fuel her passions and drive her teaching every day. She strongly believes in the importance of setting a climate for learners because the climate you foster in your learning environment will determine the success of it. Students and teachers are directly affected by the physical and emotional climates set in the room and you, as the teacher, largely have control of these. Making your workspace a safe, pleasurable environment in every way for both students and yourself will ensure growth for everyone.
Jennifer will be sharing about Classroom Champions and how it impacts so many kids. The organization pairs Olympic and Paralympic athletes with high poverty schools. With each monthly lesson, students learn life skills like, perseverance, healthy living and setting goals. Having a high profile athlete as a mentor is very motivating! Skype/GHO has completely changed how her students think about the world. To have a live video chat with scientists, Olympic athletes, other classrooms has been fun and inspiring. She also uses Twitter/YouTube/Instagram to help them connect globally. She continually assures her students that they have the world at the fingertips to learn whatever they want! Along with that comes Digital Citizenship, safety, and self-regulation and the importance of their digital footprint. She strongly believes that tech should be thought of as a tool for learning, researching and organizing ideas. Finding creative ways to get the kids motivated to learn, making global connections through Google Hangouts, Twitter, and online tools, being willing to try new things, and sharing new ideas with others are all priorities. She loves that she is in a profession that combines 3 of her favorite hobbies: people, technology, and learning and that she can use creativity to blend these together.
Jennifer Regruth teaches fourth-graders at Margaret R. Brown Elementary School in Seymour, IN. Her career started in the fall of 1990 when she began her student-teaching experience at Brown. The following school year, she was hired as a third-grade teacher and has been at Brown now for 27 years. The past 19 years, she has taught fourth grade. She was recently awarded Educator of the Year for 2018 by the Seymour Chamber of Commerce. She is a Google Certified Educator, Classroom Champions Educator since 2012, a co-moderator of #4thchat since 2011, a Seesaw Ambassador and a tech team coach. She is truly an inspirational teacher leader!
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