“The future of the world is in my classroom today.” —Ivan Welton Fitzwater.
I am a firm believer that ALL children, given equal access to quality public education, can learn. I am a teacher, mentor, writer, and communications professional with 32 years of progressive experience. I am particularly passionate about children and the way they learn; public education; and the appropriate uses of technology. I work hard to prepare students for a literate and academically rich future.
In my classroom, I use a variety of innovative ideas from epistemic games to internet tools such as blogs, podcasts and wikis, but I don’t allow the technology to overwhelm the classroom. We use any tools available; from crayons to blank paper to laughter and tears to books and recess. Education is fun and a diverse classroom of equity, full of challenging opportunity to both play and learn is what my classroom is all about.
I bring together communities of teachers, learners, leaders, and parents. I believe in helping create simple, clear, direct, and honest communications and learning channels between schools and those communities using inexpensive technology. I also build mutual support and trust the old-fashioned way: Face-to-face. I don’t shrink from the hard work of relationship building every day.
The full Fitzwater quote is:
“The future of the world is in my classroom today, a future with the potential for good or bad … Several future presidents are learning from me today; so are the great writers of the next decades, and so are all the so-called ordinary people who will make the decisions in a democracy. I must never forget these same young people could be the thieves and murderers of the future. Only a teacher? Thank God I have a calling to the greatest profession of all! I must be vigilant every day, lest I lose one fragile opportunity to improve tomorrow.”—Ivan Welton Fitzwater
I heartily concur.