As a Technology Education teacher working at a laboratory school gives me the opportunity to both, experiment with new curriculum and collaborate with my colleagues finding ways to enhance learning, hence promoting the philosophy of our school. I am an associate professor at Henry Barnard Laboratory School at the campus of Rhode Island College. I have been teaching Technology Education for 12 years.
Teaching requires openness to change. As a technology education teacher, I strive to create an active, collaborative learning environment in which all students are both teachers and learners, and students discover knowledge rather than be passive recipients. Our collaboration sets students up for future success, exposing them to STEAM disciplines holistically to develop critical thinking skills.
In our school, the STEAM movement has been taking root over the past several years and is surging forward as a particular mode of action to meet the needs of our learners at Henry Barnard to improve teaching through hands-on research.
Technology Education is concerned with any innovation, change, or modification of the natural environment to satisfy perceived human needs and wants. Technology education accomplishes this through the interrelated disciplines of science, technology, engineering, art, and math.