Innovative Learning Journey
During this journey I have been overwhelmed. I am learning so much especially about different ways to integrate technology into my classroom. The problem I am having is time. When do I have time to not only integrate the new things into my classroom but when do I have the time to show my students how it works, and for that matter, teach myself how it works and how I want to use it. I love that I am learning so much but I feel so stressed that I am not using enough. I am making a list of everything I want to use and over the summer I will decided when to use it and for what. Right now I feel like there is too much on my plate. In our 702 class we are making a timeline to try new things. I think this helps but I'm not sure how many new things to introduce this late in the year.
I do feel this journey is making me take a closer look at myself as a teacher. I feel that I am learning so much about how to better my teaching practices. I am glad that I am doing this after six years of teaching. I feel it is helping me feel fresh again (and a little stressed). I am excited to keep learning and trying new things in my class to better my students' learning experiences.
2/26/2018 08:41:49 am
I completely agree with you that this process is making me take a much closer look at my own teaching practice. Spring is so busy and there are always more tools to try. I think we need to be kind to ourselves and celebrate trying even a few new tools but giving them the time deserved in class to really implement them. Also taking the time to implement them in our classrooms as a part of our regular curriculum and not an extra thing to do in our classrooms. I also make lists of things to try next year or to take the time to look at over the summer.
2/26/2018 10:17:30 pm
Alicia, I also feel overwhelmed with so many new things to try. I am trying to manage that pressure I am placing on myself by focusing on ONE thing. (For me it's finding a good tool for retelling a story.) I am trying to see the short run to June as an advantage. If I train my kids to do their retelling using a tool I ultimately don't love, I get a do-over in the fall. We won't be locked in for a whole year because I've established a pattern. And whatever I learn from my experimenting now will help me over the summer as I plan for the improved version next year. Keep your lists, but remember you don't have to do it all right now. :^)
Leave a Reply.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.