Computers and Technology
Doug Pratt, with Da Vinci Academy since 2013
Phone: 847-841-7532 ext 225
Mr. Pratt's Degrees Held
B.A. in Education, University of Michigan
M.A. in Mathematics, Washington University, St. Louis
Other Teaching Experience & Training:
Mathematics Teacher, McHenry Alternative H.S
Head Master McHenry Alternative H.S.
H. S. Mathematics Teacher, Alternative Community School, Ithaca N.
Head Master DuPage Community School, Downers Grove, IL
Lego Robotics Coach (part time) Da Vinci Academy
I have long been a proponent of child centered learning.
This leads to individualized instruction and a preference for
project-based learning. While this requires additional planning and
organization on my part, the results are certainly worth the extra
effort. I enjoy challenging students and encouraging teamwork. My
work with the Da Vinci Academy Lego Robotics teams exemplifies many
of my educational values by promoting teamwork, challenging
students, encouraging problem solving and friendly competition.
What to Expect in Computer and Technology Classes
Computers and other technologies have become a ubiquitous
part of our world and will only expand their presence in the
future. Our children need to learn to use these tools to
successfully engage their future. My responsibility is to ensure
that our students are not only prepared to do that in the present
but have developed flexibility to adapt to the inevitable changes
in the field of technology. My experience in the business world has
influenced my views on teaching. I've become more focused on
practical applications of technology and academics. It has also
increased my understanding of the importance of meeting deadlines
and careful planning.
Computer Technology classes, STEM (Science Technology
Engineering Mathematics) Project-based learning, Proficiency with
commonly used technology, and Computer Programming
Although I will use quizzes and tests to evaluate student
achievement, my emphasis will be on the product of students'
learning. I will be focused on project based learning as the
primary method for student achievement. My goal is to produce
independent learners who can identify valued educational goals and
make their own plans on how to achieve them.
How to Help Your Child Be Successful
Many of my students will be engaged in individual
learning projects. Many of those projects will bring the student in
contact with the world outside of school. Parental support and
involvement will be critical to their success. I plan to allow
parents access to the child's project plans so they can discover
where they can best help their child.