At Curio, we’re working with educators around the world to create a community and online space for rebel teachers to share ideas and discover content and people who can help transform classrooms. Launched in 2016, our team has worked around the clock connecting with educators on everything from professional development to design thinking. We hope the best of the best, around the world, will use Curio to bring their students together, increase the impact of their work, and push education forward.
Fourteen years ago, I was a first year teacher who went to great lengths to make my classroom perfect for my new students.
Like many new teachers, I had a vision of the kind of teacher I would be and how my classroom would represent that vision.
Armed with my We Can Do It poster, essential oil diffusers, and the quiet sounds of Bob Dylan playing from the back corner, I was going to be different. My teaching style matched my decor–a little hippie, a little idealism, a little Rebel. We grew herb gardens in egg cartons, we wrote slam poems, we went on field trips, we built graffiti walls, we hosted famous artists, and when the power went out one day, we had a makeshift dance party set to original songs we wrote.
I made big mistakes, dusted myself off, and made them again. Some lessons worked, some blew up in my face big time. But in time, I developed my own style, my own creative way to teach each new crop of students who marched into my vanilla-scented, brightly-colored little world. Just like the Dylan poster on my wall proclaimed, “The times they are a changin’”. Times were changing, but I got more creative, more energized, and more of a risk taker each year. Like many other dedicated teachers out there, teaching became my passion.
But I didn’t always have a cheering crowd behind me and my methods. Because real teaching–the kind that only a passionate teacher can do–doesn’t come from a binder or a numbered lesson plan found online at 3am or a worksheet downloaded from some guy’s blog. Don’t get me wrong–those things can help from time to time–but they don’t inspire and empower young people. And the people with the binders and the prescribed lesson plans and the worksheets sometimes want teachers like me to just shut up and do it their way.
Curio is not for them. Or for the teachers who just shut up.
Curio is for the revolutionaries, the wayfinders, the path-forgers, for those who march to their own drummer.
I created Curio for those teachers. So will you join me in taking back teaching? Are you ready to #TeachLikeARebel?
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