Wendy Eiteljorg and Debra Finger — Voice and Choice in the Classroom

Session Information:
Voice and Choice in the Classroom

In this workshop we will examine our own units/courses to consider how we might expand student choice and in doing so, grow belonging. Using participants’ own units and courses, we will ask questions of our curricula, ourselves, and our institutions to establish productive and manageable paths towards more student-centered learning.

Presented by: Wendy Eiteljorg & Debra Finger

About the Presenters:
Wendy is the Director of Curricular Innovation and Learning Design at Shipley. She began her teaching career as a homeschool teacher, moved to a K-8 school in the Chicago Public School system, and then Shipley, where she taught 5th grade for a number of years before becoming the Director of Educational Technology. She has taught grades 3-12 across many disciplines. She has been curious about using technology in the classroom for years and years; her first classroom blog was transformational for herself and her students. Next year she is thrilled to be teaching an interdisciplinary, elective class for 10th-12th graders called “Data and Installation Art”  and hopes it will be thought-provoking, challenging, amazing, and most certainly messy. She could talk about unit/course/big-idea planning forever.

Debra has been at Shipley for thirteen years and has evolved over the years from a temporary computer teacher learning as she went, to curator of learning resources, opportunities, and tools that she shares on her blog, The Incidental Techie. Debra loves introducing coding to her students and watching them “have fun while being challenged.”
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.