Andi McNair is currently the gifted and talented teacher at Bosqueville Elementary. She works with students in 1st – 5th grade. Andi has been teaching for 14 years. Before becoming a GT teacher, she taught 4th and 5th grade Math and Science. She also helps encourage teachers on her campus to use technology in meaningful ways.
Andi is married to her junior high sweetheart (yes, you read that correctly). They both graduated from Bosqueville ISD, where Andi currently teaches. They have been married for 15 years. She and John have three children – two boys and a girl that keep them very busy.
After joining Twitter a few months ago, Andi has found her passion for teaching again. Twitter has allowed her to connect with amazing educators that encourage her to work hard to engage her students each and every day. Many of these connections with other educators have led to Andi and her students participating in Genius Hour and Innovations. Allowing students to pursue their passions has changed the way that she teaches and the way that her students learn. In her student-centered classroom, Andi’s students take the lead and learn about things that are meaningful to them. This has resulted in a learning environment that is engaging, motivating, and so much fun! Collaborating with other educators on Twitter has been a huge turning point in Andi’s career and she encourages anyone that will listen to start building their PLN and get connected. You can follow her at @mcnairan3.
My Favorite Tech Tools: Twitter, Weebly, Popplet, Edmodo, Trello, Socrative, Class Dojo, Evernote, Screencast-O-Matic, Remind101, Padlet, DOGOnews, KidBlog, Ted-Ed, GoNoodle, Skype, Scratch, Google Earth, and Aurasma
Upcoming Projects: Andi shares tech tools with her colleagues each week by sending out an email called Classroom Power Tools. In an effort to help them utilize the tools, she hopes to hold after school meetings with teachers that want to incorporate more technology in their classrooms. Andi is also very excited about attending her very first EdCamp in February. She and three of her colleagues registered for EdCampAwesome in Royce City. Andi also hopes to write more often and share ways to integrate the Classroom Power Tools on her blog, A Meaningful Mess.