Sharon Padget has been a science teacher for the past 19 years and is currently and ESL teacher at Ottumwa High School. Below Sharon shares her CoPI experiences.
became involved in the Iowa CoPi (#iacopi) in April of 2012. I
specifically worked on the development and design of the chemical
properties e-curriculum and also contributed to the development of
several other physical science modules. In the summer of 2012, I was
asked to be a part of the CoPI Science Steering Committee. I have been
working most recently to bring #iacopi and its resources to more
teachers across Iowa.
CoPI, I gained access to Resource Iowa. Resource Iowa is an online
Moodle space where I can locate AEA K-12 Online’s shared e-curriculum
and/or create new e-curriculum for my students to use in my classes. I
am also able to share my e-curriculum with other Iowa educators.
learning has been a wonderful addition to my teaching. The blended
learning environment gives my students access to content not found in a
regular general education curriculum. Over time my students have also
become more responsible for their learning, and I have become a resource
for learning and not the keeper of all knowledge. It allows for
creativity, growth and self-motivation for students.
Iowa CoPI, I have also enjoyed the connections, collaborations, and
conversations I have with other students and teachers from around the
state of Iowa. I knew there were wonderful educators out there to
connect with, but I did not know how to connect with them. This gives
me and my students the opportunity to participate in a flat classroom,
not learn in a silo.