Todd E. Meckley
200 Bowman Road
Hanover, PA 17331
717-633-4807 [x21311]

Philosophy of Education

It is my belief that every young person, regardless or race, gender, beliefs, or socioeconomic background deserves the very best education possible. I believe that public education is required of any country that promotes responsible citizenship. I believe the greatest legacy any generation can leave its future is the genuine concern for its entire population of young people.

I also believe that an educated individual is someone whose knowledge extends beyond mastering the skills required for employment. This nation’s young people must have a solid grasp of world and national history, government, citizenship, geography, and current events in order to participate fully in a literate society. I believe literacy and basic skills are essential in shaping students into effective, caring participants in a complex and changing world.

I have chosen a holistic approach to education. I believe in providing opportunities for ALL students to develop attitudes and skills that promote mental, physical, and emotional fitness and economic and occupational proficiency. In this same belief is the importance of family and community involvement in our nation’s school as a center for social contact, pride, and future.

Finally, I believe ALL students possess the ability to learn. Students must be driven, encouraged, and supported to achieve their full potential and turn dreams into realities. A free education is sometimes taken for granted in America. There are places in the world where young adults do not have such an opportunity. Therefore, it is important for educators, parents, and communities to emphasize the value of public education. We as a nation must work collaboratively to achieve success in the classroom.

Mission as a Classroom Teacher

My mission is to educate the youth of America so they possess the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make competent decisions in a complex and changing world. If democracy and free enterprise are to thrive in this country, then the future leaders of this great nation must be literate and capable of assuming the reigns of leadership.

Vision of a Successful Classroom Involves Creating a Learning Environment

  1. Where students challenge their teacher to teach and the teacher challenges students to learn.
  2. Where mutual respect flourishes between students and the teacher.
  3. Where students respect the opinions, property, and abilities of other students and the teacher.
  4. Where students appreciate the educational process and develop into lifelong learners.
  5. Where students can openly express a sense of pride in their accomplishments, school, community, and nation.
  6. Where students understand the importance of maximizing one’s own potential.
  7. Where students develop into responsible, competent, and active citizens.
  8. Where students appreciate the value of education as well as recognize their responsibility for learning.
  9. Where both teacher and students establish high goals for themselves and work diligently to achieve them.
  10. Where the teacher utilizes technology and innovative teaching strategies to provide the highest quality instruction.
  11. Where the teacher communicates regularly with parents and utilizes all stakeholders in the educational process.

Vision of Technology Integration in the Classroom

The following is my vision for integrating technology into classroom instruction:

Original Technology Vision: Assignment 1 - [Technology Vision].doc
Revised Technology Vision: Assignment 1 - [Technology Vision]-[Revision].doc

Copyright and Fair Use

It is becoming increasingly important to teach students the responsible and ethical use of technology and Internet resources in the classroom. The following is a student handout that presents basic facts about copyright and fair use guidelines:

Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom: Copyright and Fair Use.doc

Social Bookmarking Sites

The following social bookmarking sites are used by students in and out of the classroom on a regular basis:

Instructional Tool Utilizing Technology

With the digital tools available to 21st century teachers, we have the ability to involve students in their own learning and engage them in meaningful activities. The following is an example of an activity that utilizes technology and engages students directly in the learning process:

Federal Reserve Activity - [Internet Research Activity] - [Spring 2010].doc

Wikispace and Related Web 2.0 Resources

The following is my Classroom Blog and Wikispace:

Project-Based Learning Activity

I read an article in the December 2006 issue of Time magazine entitled “How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century”. A key idea presented in the article is the importance of conceptual understanding – not just rote memorization of random facts and concepts. In this digital age, it is important that students can locate, sift through, and evaluate the reliability of information presented on the World Wide Web. The traditional method of memorization and regurgitation of facts is outdated and serves very little purpose in the classroom. Students today think, organize, and process information in a much different fashion than their predecessors. The linear approach to instruction that has permeated our educational system in the past has lost its luster in a world dominated by digital technology. This method of instruction is no longer conducive to student learning nor does it foster the development of skills such as critical thinking, making connections, and lifelong learning – that are necessary for success in life after high school.

Educational Leadership - [Blogging Workshop]

The 21st century transformation will undoubtedly be a daunting task for many teachers in the classroom. Many veteran teachers tend to be “digital immigrants” who are more comfortable with traditional “chalk and talk” approach to instruction. It is my hope that participants in the following professional development workshop will embrace technology and welcome the transformation into their own classroom.

Blogging in the Classroom: Blogging in the Classroom Workshop.doc