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From Student Superpowers
Do you sometimes wish that you could whip on a flowing cape and pick up a magic wand? That you could wave it once over your classroom full of students and have them become masters of all that they need to know?
We’re teachers just like you, and we know that teaching is a difficult, yet rewarding profession. The biggest “wins” come when we can see our students grow and develop as independent, engaged learners. We’ve developed this text to provide you with practical changes that help you cultivate learning superpowers in all of your students.
With careful instructional design, students can hone the superpowers necessary to master whatever they encounter! It is our job as teachers to create classrooms and learning experiences that empower struggling students that who aren’t good at the game of school, especially those who lose confidence under the pressure of grading and testing. How many talented learners have been labeled by their faults instead of their strengths?
While we cannot solve all of the problems that exist outside of our classrooms, we can provide a safe haven within which they can learn while they are with us. We can establish classroom rules that forbid criticism and social abuse. We can encourage and empower with every word that we speak. It is only for the hours of school, but it can encourage growth and learning in deep and fundamental ways.
ABOUT Kirsten Swanson, EdD.
Kristen Swanson helps teachers design meaningful, interactive curricula at the local and national level. She has taught at the elementary level, served as a regional consultant for Response to Intervention, and worked as an educational technology director for a public school district in Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. degree from DeSales University, two M.A. degrees from Wilkes University, and an Ed.D. degree from Widener University. Kristen is currently an adjunct in the DeSales University instructional technology M.Ed program and a senior technology leader for BrightBytes.
In addition to her experience as an educator, Kristen is also passionate about meaningful professional learning. She serves on the board of the Edcamp Foundation, a nonprofit organization designed to facilitate local, grassroots professional development. She has shared her ideas and expertise at ASCD conferences, TEDxPhiladelphiaEd, TEDxNYED, and Educon. She has also been published in academic journals, including Literacy Learning: The Middle Years and the Journal of Reading, Writing, and Literacy. She is the author of Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator’s Guide to User-Generated Learning and Teaching the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards.
Kristen is active in the educational technology sphere. She is a Google Certified Teacher, Twitter Teacher, Edublog Award Nominee, and avid blogger. She strongly believes that rigorous curriculum fosters meaningful technology integration, and she is also interested in the learning opportunities provided by asynchronous learning.