“As we don’t have a crystal ball to look in to the future, we must support children in becoming self-confident lifelong learners who have a positive outlook on that future they will help shape.” – Kris Vande Moortel, Belgium
Kris Vande Moortel
Pedagogical ICT coordinator / STEM teacher
Diksmuide, Belgium @K_VandeM
For Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and science teacher Kris Vande Moortel, one of the best parts of his job is standing back and letting his students discover the wonders around them. “Every aha-moment I can detect in the eyes of my students strengthens me to challenge them even more,” says Vande Moortel. “This can come from an insight on the beauty of mathematics, or in finding a solution for the design or code problem they challenged themselves with.”
Vande Moortel loves presenting STEM challenges to his students. “The more open the challenge is, the more challenged the students are to use all their resources and tools to bring it to a good end,” he says.
Every trimester, Vande Moortel’s students are challenged to design an experiment, tool, product, or solution to a problem. “Here they have to apply science, technology, and mathematics which they haven’t learned yet,” he shares. “It is within their design and thinking process that they achieve things beyond their own expectations. Using OneNote makes it very easy for me to give guidance. The math possibilities in OneNote help students understand math that normally would be beyond their knowledge. This prepares them for lifelong learning while they acquire skills like self-regulation, collaboration, persistence.”
Vande Moortel recognizes the tremendous challenge educators face in providing their students with the necessary skills and knowledge for a world we cannot predict. Even so, he is not dissuaded in the least. “As we don’t have a crystal ball to look in to the future, we must support children in becoming self-confident lifelong learners who have a positive outlook on that future they will help shape,” says Vande Moortel. “Supporting them in developing this growth mindset through success and failure is easy to do if you just give them opportunities they deserve.”
About Kris Vande Moortel
- Educational background: Science Teacher: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: OneNote on my Surface Pro
- What is the best advice you have ever received? If you have nothing good to say (about someone), you better say nothing at all.
- Website I check every day: Twitter
- Favorite childhood memory:Looking at shooting stars on a small rubber boat in the middle of the river.
- Favorite book:Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Lee Duckworth