After nearly 30 years in education, Mike Riedy has found himself going through a rebirth that has led him to change the way he approaches teaching.
A few years ago, Riedy took a Stanford University online graduate course where he learned about the concept of a growth mindset – or, the belief that students learn better when they embrace the idea that they can develop their abilities through dedication and hard work.
From there, Riedy, a math teacher, has implemented a variety of ideas that make learning more collaborative and more accessible. In turn, his students are less stressed, learn better and are actively engaged.
Riedy has recorded his lessons for students to be able to use when they have a need for it or are out sick for an extended period of time. This year he worked with colleagues to not only redesign the physical aspects of his room, but also to redesign how and where learning occurs.
His classroom now includes a Clear Touch Interactive board as well as five portable learning stations that are each equipped with a monitor and Apple TV device. This has brought Riedy’s class to a new level. These stations have allowed his students to work together on teams, dive into problem-solving and learn through collaboration.
Going forward, Riedy is looking to test out a section of blended learning within an Honors Geometry class. His goal of pushing kids to dive deeper into their learning is preparing them for success beyond high school.
“I am blessed with supportive, creative coworkers, dedicated and inquisitive students and a great school environment,” says Riedy. “Combining the new technology with my resurgence of excitement, I have drastically changed how many students look at math at Prospect High School. Simply put: I love what I do.”