When Shannon Churchill signed up for coaching from Sarah Wright, a coach with the Dynamic Learning Project (DLP) which helps educators access the training and hands-on support they need to bring technology to life through personalized technology coaching, she expected to master a few unfamiliar tools and start using them in her classroom at Emerald STEAM Magnet Middle School. Sure enough, after several sessions with Sarah, Shannon deepened her knowledge of educational software, like Google Slides, the video discussion platform Flipgrid, and the video tool Edpuzzle.
But to her surprise, Shannon quickly discovered that the DLP was about so much more than new digital tools. Her meetings with Sarah focused on how to solve problems, such as increasing engagement, improving efficiency, and implementing differentiated instruction. At one point, when Shannon expressed interest in trying a new activity to illustrate the skeletal system, Sarah even helped her dry out chicken bones, expose the marrow inside, and take pictures and videos to present to students. This one-on-one support helped Shannon embrace more innovation in her classroom.
“Sarah has been a sounding board for my ideas and has helped me brainstorm future lessons,” Shannon says. “She's been an amazing teaching partner.”