Okay, a lot was digested that first year. However, there is something that took over a decade for me to realize and finally change: my behavior management plan.
So much growth is possible when we take the time to sit down and reflect, so why is it the most forgotten aspect of lesson design? of lesson implementation? or our lives?
Conversations I've witnessed on Twitter these past two weeks have prodded me along to challenge myself with a hard question: "Am I preparing my students for the world they will live in?"
Our education system is out-of-date; not enough research drives our instruction, as it does in every other impactful field. Harvard’s Thomas Kane believes that “the problem is that we don't have any kind of mechanism for connecting [research] to the decisions that [are made]” (Westervelt, 2016). One area of research that is not communicated to... Continue Reading →
I have watched numerous remixes online. They are either motivational or amazing pieces of art and I absolutely love them. Well, I was given the assignment to create my own remix addressing the maker movement. Well, it is NOT as simple as it seems. Using Mozilla Popcorn, I spent a lot of time creating this... Continue Reading →
As my Michigan State University class, Teaching Understanding with Technology, comes to an end, it's a perfect time to reflect on everything that I've learned and decide what I still need to learn and where I want to go next. New Ideas I was already aware that technology is all around us, but I hadn't considered that... Continue Reading →
To truly live TPACK, I was given the assignment from my technology course to cook a dish, but with some serious rules. I called upon Matt, giving him no background information, to help me by choosing a plate, bowl, kitchen utensil, and draw a number from 1-5. He chose a large plate, small bowl (ramekin, more like), cheese grater,... Continue Reading →
My grad class assigned me a "Networked Learning Project". What is that? Well, I had to choose something that I wanted to learn, but didn't have the time or energy to learn it. Considering I am 33 years old and don't know what to do with my hair...ever...I thought this was the perfect opportunity to learn... Continue Reading →
There are many technology resources at our fingertips, and teachers need to ensure that the ones they choose to use in the classroom support meaningful learning objectives and their students' development of understanding through play. Thomas and Brown (2011) recognize that "A growing digital, networked infrastructure is amplifying our ability to access and use nearly unlimited resources... Continue Reading →