Friday, August 11, 2017

This blog is rising from the ashes!

Back in 2012, I was really using this blog to display and share learning about instructional technology.  Since then, my professional career has taken some crazy turns and now I'm an Instructional Coach for Technology at Loess Hills Elementary School (which didn't exist in 2012).

One of my goals this school year is to be more reflective and use a blog to be transparent about my learning.  I want to be the best Instructional Technology Consulting Teacher that I can be.  Through my reading, research and experience, I have learned that if you are not reflecting on successes and failures then you won't be able to set good goals and really improve as you should.   Using the reflective cycle and working through stages with teachers will really help me to make an impact on student learning through this year.

Coding integration into curriculum will continue and some teachers have been doing projects and activities with students for 3 years.  This year I expect to see some great progress in this area as a specialty school.  There is so much great work going into how teachers plan and implement computational thinking into their lessons across the curriculum.  After our training in mid June, teachers have some new ideas and a better feel on how to have their projects really make a difference in student learning.

It's going to be a great year, but there is always so much to do at the beginning that makes it seem overwhelming. Reflecting on the last few days of training and meetings, big changes are coming and the goals are locked in for a laser-focus on improving learning.