Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Innovative Teachers

I have the privilege of working in a community which encourages innovation amongst our teaching colleagues. Every year a fellowship opportunity is funded for Manaiakalani teachers to apply for. The Manaiakalani Innovative Teachers receive 12 days of paid leave throughout the year to focus on a teaching as inquiry project they have developed in their own classes.  They come together once a term for a professional learning group and to have their inquiries challenged by their peers.  The MIT teachers this year range from teaching 5 year olds to 18 year olds.

These teachers all follow the same "Learn Create Share" framework that our young learners use.  So you can follow their progress as they share publicly online.

I recommend checking out the 2013 cohort at this link.  They have shared their inquiries publicly and at the end of the year each made a very short video reflecting on the outcomes of their inquiries.


  1. Hi. My name is Martavious Stewart from the University of South Alabama. I am in an EDM 310 class. I think that it is great that you are bringing educators together to collaborate and better further their experience. It is one thing to come up with something that is used in the classroom. It is another thing to have it critiqued by peers. The best things about something being scrutinized is the fact that it brings out possible flaws, allowing for progress and growth. It also allows for educators to be familiar with new ideas. I am very interested in someday participating in something similar when I am an educator.

  2. My name is Jessica and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. This post is so enlightening and shows that with teamwork anything is possible.

  3. I am a student at the University of South Alabama, currently enrolled in EDM 310 this summer semester. One of the benefits of collaborating with fellow educators is learning how they manage their classrooms and various lesson plans that work well with their students. Constructive criticism is crucial in our field to ensure we progress, and our students will grow from new approaches we develop.