A few weeks ago I registered for a Technology in the Classroom workshop. I was very excited about learning something new. Unfortunately, by the end of the half day event, I had only accomplished an elevation in blood pressure and an overwhelming feeling that I was on a rudderless ship doing a slow circle around a drain. Before the workshop, I thought I was pretty up to date with my smart board lessons, document camera and blogs. My smarty pants were a little droopy after I realized that I was only just pecking away at the tip of the iceberg. Throughout the workshop, I couldn’t keep up with the conversation and my laptop kept crashing. I was crashing.
I’ve always been excited about new teaching strategies and it is now very apparent that I need to be more techno-savvy to be an effective teacher in 2012. More importantly, my students need to be techno-savvy to survive in their world. When I do use technology in the classroom, my students are engaged and productive. I have to keep giving myself little pep talks to keep my confidence high. I must give myself the gift of time to experiment and permission to accept the defeat of unsuccessful attempts. Asking others for help and adopting a fearless attitude would help me become more competent in using technology effectively.
Even though my 20th century ego is a little shattered when my six year old students teach me something new about magictreehouse.com, (who knew there were souvenirs to collect after every mission?) I need to stay inspired. My students are patiently waiting for me. I guess I’ve kept them waiting long enough.
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Christine Jenkins is a grade one teacher in Simcoe County. Over the past 24 years, she has worked as a Reading Recovery™ Teacher Leader, a literacy resource teacher, a literacy coach, and has taught grades one through 8. Chris is passionate about teaching children to read, especially children at risk, and believes that success in the early grades is of the utmost importance. Since 2001, she has concentrated her own professional development in literacy instruction.She holds a Master of Education.