Teacher Professional Development

i.e. 4: The Value of Risk-Taking
Episode four of Inspiration Education discusses how taking risks in education and instruction can reap great rewards. Our nine high school girls took a giant risk in scuba diving or snorkeling for the very first time, and in doing so, gained valuable insight into who they are, what they are capable of, and the wonders of the ocean not previously known to them. Psychology and science classes can explain the nature of a person and the environment under the water all day long, but when a student experiences it for themselves that education will last a lifetime! We challenge you to take a risk and ask your students to actually experience their education, not just read about it in a textbook or hear about it from you. Have you figured out a way to create "experience" in your classroom? Tell us about it!
i.e. 2: Student Centered Learning
Put simply, student-centered learning shifts the focus of instruction from the teacher to the student. Rather than long lectures and forced, teacher-directed instruction, students take charge of their own education with the guidance of knowledgeable educators.
 
In this second episode, Chan and Mrs. T. bring you to the tide pools of Pacific Grove, California where our high school students explore what they are interested in at their own pace. Through individual inquiry and interest, these young ladies learn about the world right in front of them, with guidance from trained professionals. However, student-centered learning doesn't have to take place in far-off locations. We also give an easy example of how to do this in your own classroom!
i.e. 1: Pay Attention, Be Astonished, Talk About It

This is the first vlog post, which discusses the rationale behind i.nspiration e.ducation. We are a veteran teacher and (mostly) new teacher team, employed at Desert Christian High School in Tucson, AZ. Together we seek to post weekly updates on inspirational education.

Expect weekly, informal, and less-than-perfect but research-based posts of the implementation of best practices in education. Our hope is to inspire our fellow teachers to inspire life-long learners.

In addition to why we created i.spiration e.ducation, this first video also discusses such educational buzz words as facilitated learning, collaborative learning, student-based learning, inquiry-based learning, expeditionary educational trips, interdisciplinary studies, life-long learning, closure, and student-teacher relationships.