During his time as an educator, John Robinson was always looking for ways to not only help his students learn and retain information better, but also keep them engaged during classroom time. In an 2012 interview with Daily Edventures, Mr. Robinson implemented block teaching strategies long before they became popular.
“I was one of two teachers in my school who agreed to teach a group of students for 120-minute class periods rather than the traditional schedule of 60 minutes at that time,” he said. “Having to teach students for 120 minutes meant that I could not rely on the old high school standby–the lecture. I had to get students moving and collaborating. It was the most enjoyable time I had as a teacher.”
With 26 years of experience as a teacher and administrator, John Robinson is a strong supporter of leveraging technology to educate students. He holds several degrees, including a bachelor’s in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as an MSA in Secondary School Administration and Principalship, a master’s in Instructional Computer Technology, an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Administration, and a Doctor of Education in Education degree, all from Appalachian State University.
His blog, The 21st Century Principal, should be considered as a valuable resource for both teachers and administrators looking to help themselves and their students reach their potential.