What if? It's a question that many stop asking
themselves as they enter adulthood. But research has shown that those who keep their minds
open to possibilities and persist in
the face of
challenges are far more likely to
find innovative solutions to problems and succeed at their goals.
small Washington State school district, pursuing the answer
to that question gave STEM teacher Jeff Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the
Year and ISTE 2014 Closing Keynote speaker, the motivation and focus he needed
to help his students do amazing things, from starting a nationally
recognized research project to hosting weekend robotics competitions and
taking two-week mountain hiking expeditions.
"Being a true educator, somebody who is really an advocate for your students,
boils down to one thing: You ask yourself on a regular basis, 'What
if?'" Charbonneau explains in his keynote. "
What if we could teach differently and embrace
curiosity in our students? What if we allowed our students to be a little bit more curious
and dig in the mud just a little bit more?"
Watch Charbonneau's 45-minute talk to find out how he accomplished
amazing things, often in the face of steep challenges, just by letting his
natural curiosity push him past the fear of change. He also describes how he has
watched his students build self-sufficiency and courage, abandon their comfort
zones, learn from failure rather than fearing it, solve real-world problems, and
develop valuable STEM skills, all by asking themselves what was possible and believing they had the power to achieve it.
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