LEGO® Education Master Educator Spotlight - Jeff Bradbury
Name: Jeffrey Bradbury
Title/School: Norwalk Public Schools
Years of Experience: 20
Primary LE Solution used: WeDo 2.0
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What would you say is your philosophy as an educator?
A very wise person once said “Leave them wanting more.” This is the same approach that I take in the classroom. If you do something special every single day you will always have students wanting to come back the next day and be excited about your class.
What is the greatest benefit of a hands on approach to learning?
I love working with my students in groups. I love sitting back and watching them learn about a problem through exploration and then together, watch them figure out a solution (or many solutions) to get the job done.
What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
My favorite thing about being a teacher is the ability to change the world. You have a ton of little experiences and moments with students and you never know which one of them will turn out to be something special. If you are lucky, you might find out that to those students, they all were special. That is when you know you are changing the world, one student at a time.
What is one of your proudest moments in the classroom?
In 2008 my High School Orchestra and I performed at Carnegie Hall. It was AWESOME. I will never forget their faces as they walked on the stage for the first time and took in the lights, the history, and the awe that is Carnegie Hall. The concert was awesome and it was absolutely one of the major highlights of my career as both a musician and a teacher.
What advice would you give teachers about implementing a blended learning strategy?
So many teachers are nervous about trying new teaching styles. We always have to remember that our students and our experiences are malleable and will accept any direction that we provide them. Blended learning is not a new style. We have been doing it for centuries and only now are we using the term “blended”. My advice to anyone is to just call each day “learning” and jump in with both feet.
Failure is often a key aspect of the learning process. What's the most important lesson you've learned through failing?
If you have to fail … fail up! Look, we are all going to make mistakes and in many cases make a ton of mistakes. What is important is that when we make those mistakes to fall forward rather than backwards. We have all heard the story of the first day of college where the Dean gets up and says “look to your left and look to the right … one of those people will not be here next to you when you graduate.” I have a slightly similar story that says “look to your left and look to your right and learn from everyone's stories and if possible help them through theirs so they can help you through yours.”
What are some of your favorite activities/hobbies to do at home?
My Triplets are now 6 years old and moving into 1st Grade. I love spending time with them, building with LEGO and helping them learn to read. We love playing Minecraft and they are even learning how to build dynamic presentation slide decks complete with audio and video. It’s pretty awesome being the father of TRIPLETS!
• Book: Steve Jobs – Issacson
• Movie: Star Wars / Harry Potter / MCU / DCEU
• Podcasts: TeacherCast Educational Network
First musical album you ever owned?
Were you a LEGO® Fan as a kid? What’s your LEGO Story?
OF COURSE I was a LEGO fan as a kid. (what child of the 80’s wasn’t??) I loved playing with the space sets and the Indy car tracks (who doesn’t remember the SHELL bricks)