Sunday, January 26, 2014

Include Me and I Will Learn

I have been thinking a lot lately about my little blog and the purpose for starting it back in the day. I have always enjoyed helping teachers and students learn new things. I guess that is why I was so interested in becoming a coach in the first place. I am constantly thinking about or investigating ways to better engage students. So I guess I started this blog to have the opportunity to reflect on the things I have learned and try to share them with the world. Hopefully I can help others along the way.


I saw this quote earlier and thought it really hit home with what I have been talking with the teachers in my district about over the course of this month. I introduced the computer skills our students were expected to master at each grade level. Many teachers were worried that they would be unable to teach these skills to their students because of their own lack of knowledge related to technology. So how DO teachers learn the needed skills to prepare their students for the 21st century and the CCSS tests? Many teachers say they need time and professional development, but when it comes to technology our usual ways of teaching professional development are not going to work. Teachers need to touch it, feel it, and do it for themselves and this cannot be done in a six hour session. Computer skills must be practiced and developed over time and time is not always on our side.

{Great quote posters from Technology Rocks}

With that being said, I thought I would try something new. I really want to know what questions or topics you, the reader, would like to learn. I have found that many teachers love ideas and are very interested in implementing them in the classrooms. However, putting the idea into practice can be a challenge. There are a lot of things to consider and know how to do on the back end to make an idea work. So I thought I would create a Google form to allow you to ask questions or provide suggestions of topics you would be interested in for future posts. If I don't know the answer I thought I could pose the questions to my readers, if needed. Depending on the topic, I may write about it on my blog, make a how-to video, write curriculum, or add it to my social media sites. Hopefully, by doing this, I can at least help in the dilemma of time by doing some of the leg work for you. Even though I typically write a lot about iPads please do not feel like your questions have to relate only to these devices. I tend to look for tools that will teach the same thing depending on the device available because most of the teachers in my district do not have access to iPads. 

What do you think? 
I would love to hear from you. The form will only take a second to fill out.


3 comments:

  1. Great post Jen. I'm not in your school district, but I feel like something that teachers are going to need help with is setting up opportunities for kids to get used to the format of the Smarter Balanced and PARCC tests.

    I've been thinking about it for about a year and I'm creating more Inspiration documents with movie clips and articles embedded along with questions that match the rigor of the SB and P tests where the kids type right on the documents. There's a big difference between reading and writing from/on paper and doing all that online. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

    Laurie
    http://www.5thgradecommoncore.com

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  2. I love this post, and I completely agree! The way we are teaching- or not teaching- teachers to use technology is not working. Teachers knowledge for technology needs to be two-fold. They need to know how to use it in order to do their job, but also how to teach and explain in order for students to learn. This is a great idea! :-)

    Real Teachers Learn

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  3. It is so true that technology will become the new norm. I wrote a post about how I am jumping into technology that you may be interested in (Freebie!~ link below). I don't claim to be a pro, but we have to hep each other out! Can't wait to see what you offer.
    CaseyJane
    WigglingScholars

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