What kinds of tools or processes do you use to integrate technology into students' learning?
There's a wide variety of ways that technology can be used in the classroom. My favorite piece of technology is my wireless tablet. Not only can I instruct from anywhere in the room, but students are also able to present and show their work right from their groups/seats. It helps to promote a more interactive classroom.
How does technology integration make a difference in students' learning?
Integrating technology allows for variety in the classroom. Students use technology in most aspects of their day, so it shouldn't be any different in the classroom. Many times using technology allows for more student interaction, practice, and understanding.
Why do you think it's important to teach the way you do?
I like for my students to be involved in their learning. When lessons are more hands on, there is more excitement and engagement. I feel students are more successful when they can take ownership in their learning.
What do you feel is the most exciting thing about teaching?
I love that each day is different, and never dull. I learn as much from my students as they hopefully learn from me. It is exciting to see new ideas “click” for a student, especially when they lead the learning.
What are your favorite lessons?
My favorite lessons are the ones where we can really apply the math skills we are learning to real life experiences. We do this is many different ways. We will compare the cost of grocery items and different grocery stores using unit rate, and discover where pi comes from by actually measuring different circular objects. A fun way to learn about distance vs. time graphs is when we go outside and use our CBRs to make them ourselves on the graphing calculators. The students like to model out the different situations and can really grasp how the graphs are made.
Tell us a little more about yourself.
I graduated from The Woodlands High School in The Woodlands, TX and went to Texas A&M University. I have been teaching for 10 years, 9 years at GFSD. My favorite kind of math to teach is Algebra.
Nikki's "Untethered Classroom" approach to teaching was highlighted in this 2012 video about the technology improvements within the district's current capital project. Watch her in action here: