During his 16-year teaching career, John Choins has worked in both public and private schools in the Waco, Texas area. For the last 11 years, he’s taught middle school math, including algebra, to regular and pre-AP math students, and was chosen as the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year on his current campus. A strong advocate for using technology to transform the teaching and learning process, Choins “flipped” his classroom in 2014 and based on the positive effects, vows to never go back to the traditional way of teaching again.
Wonder how a “flipped” approach can benefit your classroom? Choins will tell you at EdmodoCon, during the Tradition + Technology = The Perfect Equation to Flip Your Classroom panel from 1:30 pm–2:15 pm PST. Tune in to watch Choins share how he uses Edmodo to engage students with videos, practice exercises, and photo-based assignment submissions. With step-by-step instructions, you’ll see how integrating technology creatively and efficiently adds up.
What inspired you to apply to speak at EdmodoCon?
This past year I used Edmodo almost every day with my students as a part of flipping my classroom. I had never flipped my classroom before, and I was absolutely amazed at what a positive experience it was for me, my students, and their parents. I want to share my success, and my love for Edmodo, with anyone who will listen. When I saw the request for video submissions and the opportunity to present at EdmodoCon, I jumped at the chance to share what I do on a platform that I love.
How did you feel when you found out you were selected?
I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wait to tell my colleagues!
What’s the one thing you hope people take away from your EdmodoCon presentation?
That “flipping” their classroom is possible, it can be done with ease, and it can make a huge difference in the education of their students.
Why did you become an educator?
I have loved working with younger kids since I was in high school. I have always loved helping them learn new things, but most importantly, making sure they understand how valuable they are as human beings.
What do you like most about being an educator?
Building relationships with students, and making sure they understand how much they are cared for. Another thing I love is hearing from my students years after they were in my class.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from another educator?
You don’t have to grade everything.
What have your students taught you?
To not take myself too seriously, to not be embarrassed if I make a mistake, and that they are capable of ANYTHING they put their mind to.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from school?
Look through the mail and/or take out our dog.
- Food: Ice Cream
- Movie: Star Wars (the entire series)
- TV Show(s): NCIS and Criminal Minds
- Music: Gospel
- Book: The Bible
- Superpower: Teaching Middle School
- Quote: “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Three things I could never live without:
- My family
- Dr. Pepper
- My cell phone