Changing The Game at Marymount

At the gracious invitation of our diocese’s Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, I had the chance to swing by Marymount University this morning and try my hand as an honest-to-goodness master class instructor for a graduate education course!

In our two hour block, we took a room full of aspiring teachers through the paces of a high-energy superhero-themed #QRBreakIN, and then offered a blow-by-blow breakdown of practical ways to shift to a more student centered classroom experience. What a powerful way to put our money where our mouth is as teacher teachers! Rather than blabbing on and on for hours about all these great new educational approaches like Flipgrid, Quizziz, Gimkit, EdPuzzle, and Google Forms, we simply put the tech into the hands of the next generation of educators and let them take these super-powered classroom tech tools for a test drive.

Energy was through the roof.

Thanks so much for having me, Marymount. Cannot wait to see the amazing things your students have to show the world in just a few short months when they’re ready to join this incredible profession.

Author: John

John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) is an English teacher and school instructional coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He began his teaching career in 2010 as a career switcher through The New Teacher Project, after spending five years working in social media and event marketing. He is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader, and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. He is a past presenter and regular attendee at educational conferences throughout the United States, including the annual conference for National Catholic Education Association, ASCD Empower19, and the Play Like a Champion Today: Character Education Through Sports summer conference at the University of Notre Dame. He’s an avid runner who’s completed more than three dozen marathons, half marathons, long-distance road relays, mud runs, and obstacle course races. John lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, Laura, a high school music teacher and fellow graduate of The Catholic University of America, and a giant-sized Maine Coon cat named Jack.

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