On any given day, my classroom represents nearly every continent with students working together to learn English. They are excited to learn about each other, about the USA, and most importantly, from one another.
My students come from varied backgrounds- and each has a story to share about their often arduous and perilous journey to my school and an education from abroad.
They are overcoming social and emotional barriers each day to receive an education. Learning English in my classroom is often their happiest moment, a chance to remember the home they left and to become a citizen of their new home here in America. My school is situated on the edge of an industrial park in the South Bronx, within the nation’s poorest Congressional District. We are a Title I school, which means that each student qualifies for free breakfast and lunch. I work with up to 150 students hailing from the Middle East, Latin America, West Africa and beyond. They often do not have access to laptops, iPads, or Internet connectivity at home. This makes my classroom their hub to connect, innovate, and impact the world.
The professions that most students, including mine, enter will look very different from those of today. It is important for educators like myself to be on the cutting edge and prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s professionals.
To that end, I am seeking to develop my STEM teaching skills by studying remote sensing technologies from drones.
I am seeking a drone training course plus a demonstration drone that will provide insights into the various professional uses of drones. I will deepen my understanding of these cutting edge technologies that play an increasingly pivotal role in most career fields ranging from STEM research to emergency response. This will allow me to better prepare my students for professions requiring coding, computer science, data collection and analysis, mapping, GPS, photography, filmmaking, and aerial surveying/monitoring.
I will apply this professional learning experience to translate into teaching lessons that connect to spatial analysis, mapping, data collection, photography and math. I look forward to bringing this learning back to my classroom where my students will have the opportunity to access how coding is used with drone technology, how aerial photography of their neighborhood can lead to scientific learning, and about the variety of careers that use drones. I am eager to see my students inspired by the creative careers pursuits drones can provide them.
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