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Posted Friday, April 25, 2014
Bonlee, NC - Amy Phillips, eighth grade math teacher at Bonlee School, isn’t afraid to try new things to engage her students. Phillips is at the forefront of the flipped classroom approach in Chatham Count, essentially an instructional strategy where lectures and notes happen over video or podcasts for homework and problem solving and reinforcement happen in the classroom while the teacher is available to answer questions. Phillips has found great success with this method and her students are thriving.
Principal Kim Taylor notes, "Mrs. Phillips is a truly remarkable teacher! She collaborates with her peers and engages students with lessons that are motivating. She frequently utilizes technology and encourages students to solve problems in various ways. In short, she is loved and respected by all! We are very fortunate to have her at Bonlee School".
Phillips has been a strong advocate of the LearnZillion approach to sharing curriculum resources and videos among educators throughout the country. Her frequent usage of the online resource led to an invitation to apply for the Dream Team. Phillips had to complete a rigorous application process and submit several of her own video examples. All of her hard work was rewarded when she was selected as one of 200 members of the Dream Team, from an applicant pool of over 4000.
“I will be working with a team of expert teachers from all 50 states to create resources teachers and students from across the country can use in their classrooms. I have a passion for designing engaging activities that draw students into the curriculum, and this opportunity allows me to challenge myself and improve my own teaching by collaborating with other teachers who love teaching as much as I do.
As a Dream Team 2014 member, I receive an all expenses paid trip to New Orleans for TeachFest to synergize with these professionals, and I will continue to work throughout the summer with LearnZillion to expand their resources (instructional videos, activities, and lesson plans).
It was a very involved and competitive process, but I did it because I am constantly challenging my students to push themselves outside their comfort zone. Likewise, I want to challenge myself to expand my impact and to be an example to my students that we should never stop learning and pushing ourselves to achieve excellence. I am thrilled to be part of an organization that values making content easily accessible to educators and relevant to students,” explained Phillips.
LearnZillion provides teachers with the technology and support they need to translate their classroom expertise into screencasts, a sophisticated but simple use of the computer screen for teaching. LearnZillion was founded by former teachers who met at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. It receives funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NewSchools Venture Fund, and the Achievement Network to seed high-quality content and develop a web-based platform.