Before becoming a Professional Learning Consultant for Communications by Design in Ada, Michigan, Peter Grostic earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Albion College and a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University. He also spent seven years in Grand Rapids, teaching Mathematics for Kentwood Public Schools. This classroom experience now helps Grostic coach administrators, educators, and students on the best ways to integrate technology into their teaching and learning.
Grostic will be participating on the 21st Century Thought Leaders: Defining Today’s Learner panel from 11:30 am–12:15 pm PST at this year’s EdmodoCon, to discuss how technology changes how the world communicates. In education, it gives teachers a way to collaborate, students choice and a voice, parents the option to offer support, and admins tools to build professional learning communities. Tune in to watch Grostic and two other experts examine how technology also redefines and improves the learning process for everyone involved.
What inspired you to apply to speak at EdmodoCon?
I’m an advocate for utilizing Edmodo and its features. I believe that K-12 classrooms must make a shift toward student-centric learning models in order to produce students that can adapt to change, innovate through curiosity, question critically, and communicate effectively. Edmodo supports students, teachers, administrators, and parents as they make that shift. Speaking at EdmodoCon gives me an opportunity to convey this important message.
How did you feel when you found out you were selected?
I felt incredibly humbled and honored to be selected to speak at EdmodoCon. Selfishly, I was excited to meet the other amazing educators that were also selected.
What’s the one thing you hope people take away from your EdmodoCon presentation?
After the panel discussion, I hope educators and supporters of education are challenged to begin or continue to shift from teacher-centric classrooms to student-centric classrooms.
Why did you become an educator?
To help students connect with mathematics. I’ve stayed in education to learn and grow as a human being. Working with young people and teachers allows me to develop professionally and personally. Hopefully, I’m able to make an impact on their lives as well.
What do you like most about being an educator?
The learning process. Watching students learn, wonder, and inspire others is magical. The beauty, of course, is that I learn right along with them.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from another educator?
To prioritize the students’ needs over everything else. Each student is different and requires a unique relationship with his or her teacher. Teaching content effectively happens best when the teacher/student relationship is strong.
What have your students taught you?
My students have taught me many things. I’ve learned about true hardship and struggle through my relationships with them. I’ve also learned how to empathize without sympathy or pity. I’ve learned that rubrics only serve to limit them and that they crave challenges. Lastly, I’ve learned how to let them own their learning by asking them lots of questions.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from school?
Well, as a father of a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, the first thing I do when I get home is hug my children and my wife.
- Food: Eggs Benedict
- Movie: Groundhog Day
- TV Show(s): Seinfeld
- Music: Pop Rock
- Book: Mindset
- Superpower: Super humor
- Quote: “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” –Gandhi. It is my favorite because revenge is easy, but compassion is very hard.
Three things I could never live without: