30 Day Blog Challenge Day 5

The blog challenge topic for day 5, is to create a picture of my classroom. I think it best that I actually take a physical picture of a my classroom and upload it. But, besides just seeing the color and excitement of my room, there is so much more to what my classroom is about.

I currently teach in a computer lab where I have a journalism class (random pieces of projects and advertisements all over the place), computers, and my English class. The ability to teach all of my classes in the same room in the same building is something that I have not had the opportunity to do in such a long time. It feels so good to be grounded! I love that my English class can be taught in a complete blended learning style. Tables in the middle of the room for collaborating, computers circling the entire room, and a large book shelf in the corner lend to tremendous possibilities Many students also have their own devices.

The use of the Edmodo Platform enables me to team teach with myself! I love it. I really feel that flipping many of my lessons allows for me to read allowed. Articles about technology to my computer classes and novels to my ELA class. I will always be a literary nut no matter what I teach. Excitement for literature, no matter its form always seems to win over. It is truly inspiring and exciting to see students reading from a novel in a classroom filled with the latest gadgets and devices.

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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.