The overall goal of Edumentality is to provide methods, protocols, and common sense ideas for teachers to use in their classrooms. It is intended for not only new teachers, but also veteran teachers who may need or want a few more tools in the teacher toolbox!
Do you ever wonder . . . Are my students reading, writing, thinking, and talking in my class every day I see them? Am I intentionally and deliberately planning with a purpose to maximize learning to exceed standards for all students? Do I make homework meaningful and rewarding so that students see that their efforts at home are worth their time? Am I assessing progress continually? Do I group students together with expectations of shared responsibilities? Do I provide choice when appropriate? If I do lecture, are there systems in place to keep interest and accountability high?
If the answers are yes, Edumentality is for you! If the answers are no, Edumentality is for you!
Many of the protocols, strategies, and methods included in this website are most likely ones developed or commonly used by others. There is no intention to claim responsibility for developing them nor is there any attempt to avoid acknowledging those responsible for their original development.
Ten years at a public high school and nearly seventeen more with the innovative early college program has allowed me to see the good, the bad, and the ugly of public education. My principal used to say this continually, "If you always do what you've always done, you will always get what you've always got!" I took those words and set out to be a better teacher than the teachers that taught me and, in my journey, I discovered that in order to be a better teacher, I had to look beyond content and find what really makes students want to learn. I threw away all of my transparencies, researched pedagogy, and took educational risks to reach my students! It worked and my efforts were rewarded with high growth rates, fewer failing students, and a bright light for teaching that has never dimmed. I was encouraged to share my methods with other teachers within the district and subsequently coached other professionals throughout the state of North Carolina. I am proud to say I have co-authored a book of educational strategies that is popular throughout the United States and have presented on numerous topics at local, state, national, and international conferences. As a student once said, "I don't know what it is about you, Mrs. T, but you make me love life!" What more can be said?