This site was created with teaching and learning in mind. My hope is that you will gain something that you can “take away”, better yet “TEACH AWAY.” I want to provide you with resources trends in education, and engaging videos giving my professional insight on any and ALL things dealing with education. Great teachers create, inspire, and stimulate knowledge. So with greatness in mind, let’s TEACH ALIKE!
My name is Tasia Fields I am the founder and author of Great Minds Teach Alike. I am so happy you are visiting this site please make sure you follow all my social media pages as well by clicking the icons at the top of the page. My adoration with education began at a very young age. I was the kid that always wanted to play school and of course had to be the teacher. As I blossomed into a young woman, I maintained positions as a peer-educator, and camp counselor. I then decided to pursue my dream of becoming an educator. I received my Bachelors of Science in Education at Western Michigan University (GO BRONCOS) in 2009. I finished my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on ESL from Concordia University in Chicago. I also hold my Ed.S degree in administration and supervision from National Louis University.
I am a single mom of an amazing 7-year-old boy. His name is Isaiah but we like to call him Ike. He is an aspiring soccer champ, avid reader, gamer, and inquisitive learner. He has endured a life with type 1 diabetes since he was 12 months old, but he never lets that stand in the way of anything. He remains a fun, loving, silly, and spontaneous bright-eyed boy. He has been an amazing addition to my life and given my life’s purpose new meaning. Next, to teaching, motherhood has been one of the hardest yet most fulfilling accomplishments of my life!
By day I am the K-12 Instructional Technology Coordinator at an inner-city school district on the north shore, outside of Chicago. As a product of this school district myself I hold it very near and dear to my heart. I service a diverse background of students that have a multitude of needs. On some nights and weekends, I take on the role of professor for Southern Illinois University at their local campus near me. Teaching at the collegiate level has become a favorite of mine. I truly enjoy being able to shape adult learners into great teachers one day. I love the fire in their eyes and shared passion for education.
I am also a Technology Enthusiast! I love all things tech from apps to websites, Google, and iPads. I established a technology initiative in my district that supports the use of tech in the classroom. I also lead a group of teachers in my district that help support this initiative through providing training and constant support with technology inclusion. We stay in the loop with ed tech by trying new things in the classrooms and sharing new things with teachers. I love incorporating new technology into my classroom and my professional life! I have developed quite the PLN (Professional Learning Network)! So join the fun and look for “Great Minds TEACH Alike” on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook! I’m also connected to some amazing brands! Be sure to check out GMTA Favorites to see some awesome resources that you should know about.
Check out this article about me featured on Class Dojo to get more insight on me as an educator.
I am a firm believer of collaboration, self-reflection, and professional development. Educating others is truly my passion and it brings me great joy. I truly believe that I wasn’t born bossy for nothing. As educators, we are contributing to a profession that has been around and will be around for centuries to come. We cannot be successful without each other! No matter how much you close your door and teach, somewhere along the line someone helped you -whether it was a simple tip shared in passing or an activity you saw online that you screenshot for later. Collaboration is key! Think about how rich that experience could have been if you got a bit more information about that activity from the teacher or when you share the idea you’d given some insight into what worked and didn’t work. That’s reflection! As educators, we reflect all the time but more often then not, we don’t have time to share those thoughts or examine them into useful pieces of information to help ourselves or someone else. Then, there’s the dreaded Professional Development that we teachers sit in on time after time. Although we have a love-hate relationship with PD. The fact of the matter is, if we want to remain relevant, current, and informed about education then we MUST continuously refine our craft of teaching through professional development. Collaboration, self-reflection, and professional development is the foundation of Great Minds Teach Alike. My hope is that through this blog I can nurture those elements in you. So from one great mind to another let’s TEACH ALIKE!