Wife, mother, teacher, trainer, writer. The last title is the most recent addition to Central High School social studies teacher Bethany Petty’s resumé.
Petty, now in her 13th year in education, attended and presented at a few educational conferences in 2017. That’s when she first started thinking about writing a book.
“I reminded myself of my ‘why’ for becoming an educator,” she said, “which is to make a positive impact and contribution to the future.”
So she wrote a book to be used as a resource guide for teachers who were looking for easy-to-implement strategies for intentionally using classroom technology to enhance learning. Her first book, titled “Illuminate: Technology Enhanced Learning,” was originally published by EdTechTeam in 2018. Her book was then picked up and republished by Dave Burgess Consulting in 2019.
In her first book, Petty divided each chapter to focus on a specific aspect of lesson planning, including how teachers can encourage students to explore, create, communicate, collaborate and think critically with technology tools while engaging in content.
“’Illuminate’ is a must for teachers of all tech comfort levels,” said Petty.
After the success of “Illuminate” and learning about the publishing process, Petty started writing her second book in 2019, “Create: Illuminate Student Voice Through Student Choice.”