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Q: What is your philosophy of teaching?
A: I stood in the middle of my new third grade classroom deciding how I would create and plan opportunities for my students to think, reflect, and justify their opinions. That was my first day as a teacher and I knew then that teaching is my passion and gift. I know that I was placed on this Earth to educate and bond with children. I believe that every child is unique and deserve to be treated as such. It is my job to provide a caring, nurturing, and lifelong learning environment for every child.
"If we teach children everything we know, their knowledge is limited to ours. If we teach children to think, their knowledge is limitless." Author Unknown
Q: How do you know so much about instructional technology?
A: I am constantly on the lookout for new and creative ideas on how to use technology. Reading and exploring about technology are two things that I do daily. Educators all over the world tweet and blog about new ideas, I include myself in these conversations so that I can learn something new and share it with my students and colleagues. Also, we have an excellent technology team here at Morehead STEM Academy. They are always willing to educate and share.
Q: When you are planning, how do you ensure you are doing higher level activities with technology & your students?
A: When I am planning activities for my students, I look for ways to use technology to solve real-world problems. Real world problems allow my students to use the facts to synthesize and generalize ideas so that they can gain an understanding and discover new meaning for their work. For example, they use the Internet to research a problem. When they have enough research they use an app or website to create a product that demonstrates solving their problem. I find that students are most engaged and willing to work harder when the work means something to them.
Q: What suggestions do you have for someone who gets easily stressed out trying to implement technology into his/her classroom?
A: My advice to someone trying to implement technology into the classroom is to have a system. Technology can be overwhelming and intimidating but having a system will ease the stress of learning something new. To decrease the feeling of being overwhelmed, introduce two or three apps weekly. Make sure your students understand your expectations and be consistent about your expectations. Students should be taught every step that it takes to operate the new app. Within time, your students will be showing you things that they discovered while using the new apps. Keep a list of apps and websites and sometimes allow students to choose from the list how they want to present their assignments/projects. Do not get stressed out! Remember " You need to have a system."