30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 6

Today’s challenge is to blog about a good Mentor.  

Having a good mentor as a teacher, can be quite valuable.  But, like most things in life, something that you cannot be just assigned (as a first year teacher would be).  It is something that you have to go out and seek  yourself.  When I first started teaching, I taught in three different schools during my first three years as an educator.  Each of the assigned mentors were helpful.  However, I did not truly begin to thrive in having someone to watch to try and emulate until I started to seek out my own examples of excellent teaching.  

Today I find that most of my mentors are found through social media networks.  By following professional educators and groups on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook, I am able to have numerous resources at my finger tips.  It is amazing, and only something that can be done in the 21st Century!  I love having a question, and being able to tweet it to the correct person. I love reading a book, and being able to tweet the author to let her or him know that I am walking along side them reading a book they wrote recently.  

30 Day Blog Challenge Day 3

The blog assignment for day 3 is to examine how I plan to improve one more more areas of my evaluation.  

While I do a good job with a variety of things, there is always room for improvement.  Students cannot be engaged too much.  I will never be able to communicate too much with the community or parents.  I can always make a point to reach out to one more student and inspire and cultivate a relationship.  

My areas of focus are:

1.  Working  on increasing communication with the surrounding community.  I am confident that project based learning, augmented reality and some of the photography we do will pave the way for students and community members to work together more often.  The focus this year will be more partnerships.  

2.  Likewise, I want to inspire our own students more. Photography is a great way to instill the idea that we are about students here, and they matter.  Students who see that they are valued will care more.  I plan to do an even better job of going out of my way to build those relationships.  For example;  take pictures during lunch while talking to students and getting to know them.  

I am excited for the challenges this year!  Overwhelming or not, this is my dream, and could not be better! 

 

30 day blog challenge day 2

Today’s blog challenge is to write about technology that you would like to try out.

Where do I begin?

There are so many resources.  Some of these resources, I don’t even know exist right now!

1.  I want to make some use of Skype and other things like google hangouts.   I am nervous about trying some of these things, but really need to give it a go at some point.

2.  I want to play with augmented reality.  I see some potential for this and  am excited to show students the possibilities.  

3.  I want to become more proficient with digital photo editing and video and recording programs like iMovie.

I cannot wait to see what is not even out yet!

30 day blog challenge Day 1

I am going to attempt the 30 day blog challenge!  I am in!  This type of challenge is exactly what I need to do in order to be more intentional about blogging.

1.  This first challenge asks me to think about the goals I have for this school year.  In fact, I am already ahead of the game.  Last week, after attending a great conference, I sat down and wrote a few goals out.

 

Goals

1. Focus on building relationships through technology. Build relationships regardless; but use technology to reach out and make it fun for my students.

2. Try Project Based Learning.  One thing on my evaluation that I could improve is relationships with the community.  By Forming a TED ed club, and doing more project based learning, I will be able to hopefully excite parents and community members about our school. I look forward to them realizing ways in which they can be involved. 

3. Continue flipped and blended teaching methods. (Stretch to do even more this year).

4. Remember that teaching is a privilege. I am the one that gets the opportunity to notice kids and make them feel important.

5. Continue to try new things. Inspire my students to create and see technology as magic at their finger tips.  I am looking to use Augmented Reality in particular to heighten engagement.  

6. Remind students and staff that they matter.

 

Making Magic in Education

Today I had the privilege of attending one of the most amazing conferences around.  http://www.sccresa.org/toolsforschools/21stcenturylearning/21stcenturysymposium/

I am truly inspired to go and do great things this year. I am being reminded of what it is like to be a learner, when you cram your mind full of the most amazing things.  The tough part is always figuring out where to start.  Which things will I take an immediately start working on in my classroom?  As I think about these questions a few goals come to mind for this year.

1.  Focus on building relationships through technology.  Build relationships regardless; but use technology to reach out and make it fun for my students. 

2.  Try Project Based Learning.

3.  Continue flipped and blended teaching methods.  (Stretch to do even more this year).

4.  Remember that teaching is a privilege.  I am the one that gets the opportunity to notice kids and make them feel important. 

5.  Continue to try new things.  Inspire my students to create and see technology as magic at their finger tips. 
6.  Be one of the most passionate and energetic people that teach in this school. 

7.  Remind students and staff that they matter.