Teachers are Teachers Best Friends!

Hi friends!

I believe that one of the best ways one can learn is through others! Some of the ways I plan on growing as teacher is by looking to fellow teachers who are exceptional!

After looking at several blogs, my mind was completely overwhelmed with all the information it took in. Some of the blogs I found were too wordy and formal. It was as if they were writing in a way only scholars could understand! While other blogs I looked at used such informal language (one even included cuss words!) that it seemed the teacher had no professional training. Today, I specifically want to review 3 teachers whose blogs I admire, as I am learning on how to grow my presence on the internet through my blog. Alas: here are myfavourite3blogs.

One of the first blogs that stood out to me was Cool cat Teacher Blog which can be found at http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.ca/). I love how this blog has a catchy title! This blog is like an instruction manual for teachers, and has many lessons on how to use different resources inside of the classroom. The author of this blog, Vicki Davis, is a fulltime teacher, who specifies in teaching keyboards to her children. Some of the posts I liked on this blog were co-written by guest writers. One being a podcast about how to be innovative like a turtle! This fun podcast talks about how every classroom matters, and how teachers can and should try out new things in their classrooms! This means a lot to me because it doesn’t matter whether you are a fulltime teacher, or a substitute teacher, every classroom you enter matters. For every classroom you enter you have an opportunity to learn something from the students, and they have an opportunity to learn something from you. There is never EVER a reason to write off a classroom, or to not give 100% to them, whether they be temporary or permanent.

The next blog I fell in love with is Think Inclusive. While cruising through this site I stumbled onto the article Procrastinate. This article talks about how a teacher struggles with lesson planning, and they give a detailed outline on how to stay on top of the game. Since procrastination has been something I struggled with, this really stuck out to me. But it is encouraging to see a teacher who struggles in the same areas as me, but are still able to be a successful and productive teacher to their students!

The final blog I was able to really connect with was the blog Ditch That Textbook. I found this blog to be very encouraging, as it is talking about how to implement technology inside of the classroom. One of the blogposts I enjoyed the most was called How to get parents on Board for Big Changes. This blog post talks about how to get parents on board with what you are doing inside of the classroom. One area I am most concerned with handling as a future teacher is how to talk to parents of my students. The author talks all about how to need to share your vision with them, and show how you put your heart into what you are doing inside of the classroom. If you can let the parent see your passion for their children’s education, they will be more likely to share that vison. With that being said, he also says to not over sell what you are doing in the classroom, as there is always room for failure. If you tell parents about this fantastic new method you’re implementing inside of the classroom, and it turns out to be a total bust, you can lose your credibility in the parents mind. To learn more about this topic I would highly recommend you to read this post (which can be found at http://ditchthattextbook.com/2017/01/16/how-to-get-parents-on-board-with-your-big-changes.).

Hopefully you check out some of these blogs and are able to learn something new you can implement inside of your classroom! I know I did!

Cheers,

  • Miss Krystin Carroll

Technology Inside the Classroom

Hello friends!

Currently on my journey to become a teacher I am taking a class learning about technology and its benefits inside of the classroom. When I first began this class I thought it was going to be a waste of time. Why would I spend hours learning about technology when 1) the systems we are learning about are going to be outdated before I earn my degree, and 2) when I wasn’t planning to utilize it inside of my future classroom, after all, when I was in elementary school my classrooms never used it. I thought this class was utterly useless. It wasn’t until one of this classes profs came in and explained to us the beauty of technology inside of the classroom that my view point changed. I quickly saw the fault in my fixed mindset, and decided to give this class a chance. It has only been 2-weeks since my opinions on technology in the classroom did a 180, and boy I am glad they did.

I believe that using technology inside of the classroom is an amazing asset for modern teachers. When has there been a time in history where students are able to connect and work together with each their peers from the comforts of their own home? When else have students been able to communicate with teachers after school hours, and get a response back before school the next day? There hasn’t been. Until now, learning was confined to the four walls that enclose the school. I believe that if a teacher can engagingly implement technology inside of the classroom, they are opening their student to a whole world filled with learning resources.

When reading through the government documents concerning using technology inside of the classroom I was astonished at some of the facts presented to me. Did you know that, on-average, 9-16 year olds are spending an average of 88 minutes a day online? Or that 95% of all teens are using the internet? That’s amazing! When will you ever find a student who spends their free time parroozing through textbooks, or power pint presentations? My guess would be never. As teachers, we are able to take a resource that students are already familiar with, and use it to aid in their learning. We are able to take something they are interested in, and are already familiar with, to make their education experience more enjoyable. If we are able to utilize the ‘Digital Citizenship’ student have, we can drastically improve the engagement students have inside of the classroom. (stats taken from https://education.alberta.ca/media/3115433/digital-citizenship-tech-briefing.pdf)

One article I read (which can be found at http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/4793) talks about the reasons people don’t post blogs. They either find that 1) blogging is useless, 2) they have no time, 3) their a private person, or 4) no one cares what they have to say. Frankly, before this article I would have agreed with all of those statements. But it wasn’t until the author of this post disputed all of those statements. As I could not state these as eloquently as the author of this blog, I’ll save my breath and let you read this post for yourself! So to get in the habit of blogging, and using technology inside of my classroom, I have created this blog! I hope you will follow along with me and watch me grow into the teacher I dream to be!

Cheers!

  • Miss Krystin Carroll

 

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