Letter to the Editor: Tecumseh Herald 8/09/2018

Letter to the Editor: Tecumseh Herald 8/09/2018

Letter to the Editor as published in the Tecumseh Herald on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018:

"We realized that our learners could do and be so much more if we incorporated more technology into the classrooms and changed some of our instructional techniques"

One of the most difficult challenges that humans have faced is change.  To put it simply, change is not easy nor is it graceful. Though the outcomes of change can never be exactly predicted, change is still necessary.  Think back to our ancestors who cultivated the land by hand.  Yes, they were able to produce enough to feed their families, but through time, they realized that the land could yield so much more. with advancements in technology and techniques.  

Over the past few years, our district came to a similar realization.  We realized that our learners could do and be so much more if we incorporated more technology into the classrooms and changed some of our instructional techniques.  Dr. Kelly Coffin had a vision for what things could be if we made these necessary changes.  Every conversation we had with her centered around the learners.  She challenged us to make decisions based upon what was best for kids, not what was comfortable for us adults.  In the end, we were able to create an environment where our learners felt safe to take on new challenges that would help them be successful in life.  

We cannot thank Dr. Coffin and the Tecumseh Board of Education enough for their support in this implementation, their determination to do what is best for kids, and their love for this forward thinking district.  

- Chelsea Anastasoff, Kim Schmidt, Rochelle Johnson, Deidre Wagoner, Brian McDowell, Scott McCarley, David Gibson, and Chelsea Tinney