In August, I caught a Tweet from #ReflectiveTeacher that suggested blog posts with themes that corresponded to letters of the alphabet, and I immediately started working on topics, so I am happy to finally get some thoughts on paper! It is has been quite a year, so I definitely need some time and space to reflect. Today's post is sponsored by the letter A: always learning
After spending 25 years in a school district, I have a new job...and it is my dream job, but it is definitely hard to start over and leave the comforts of everything you know! I went from being the person who has all of the answers to being one with all of the questions. I knew every single adult on our campus, and I had many connections throughout the district, and now I know about 10 people in our building. This experience reminds me of some of the struggles of new teachers, but I have loved every minute of the new job, and I know I've made the right decision to change.
I am now a "Digital Learning Consultant" at an Education Service Center, which means I provide professional development about technology integration for educators in multiple schools and districts. For the past 7 years, I planned our campus staff development, which I truly enjoyed. I also worked diligently to incorporate meaningful technology into my own math classes (and model tech integration into all professional development) so this new job combines two of my favorite things!
The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know.
The quote exemplifies my "theme" from the last few months, and I'm really trying to wrap my head around my purpose, my speciality, and my (new?) WHY. I continue to learn about what meaningful tech integration really looks like, but I know that will evolve. I also now know more about working with administrators, vendors, and adult learners, and I know I'm at the tip of the iceberg with that knowledge. I plan to use this blog to continue my reflections and to share the things I've learned. Maybe by the time I get to Z, I'll have everything straight in my head! In the mean time, I plan to reflect about technology and topics such as...
- differentiated instruction,
- formative assessments,
- best teaching practices,
- presentation reflections,
- digital learning and digital fluency,
- citizenship in the digital age,
- and (I can't leave out) math!