I am excited to have this opportunity to share my journey with you!! I hope to help you along your journey to personalizing education in a digital world or simply using technology to support learning for your students. My doctorate dissertation focused on this exact area, so I feel like I have a basic foundation of knowledge about implementing technology to support instruction. However, the technological world is constantly changing, which means I am constantly learning new things.
Since 2010, I have been teaching intermediate elementary education using a “flipped” classroom model IN my classroom, since many of my students did not have access to internet OR a device. This method was proving successful, as I was able to meet the needs of more learners when introducing and reviewing content. Student achievement scores were increasing and the achievement gap was closing.
During the 2017-18 school year, I began to pilot a “blended learning/project based” program for my school district. To say that I was very excited to work this program is an understatement. I was absolutely thrilled!! I taught a multiage program with twenty-five third and fourth graders. The program was very successful, students loved the idea of working at their own pace and level, parents were excited to see their child excel, and I was sooo excited to be teaching, really teaching. This next year, I will be looping with my class, now teaching twenty-eight fourth and fifth graders. The program has been a great success in my school, and we added a second and third grade class to the “blended learning/project based” program, too.
I was able to meet the needs of more learners when introducing and reviewing content.
I know that many of you are excited to start learning how to meet the individual needs of the learners in your classroom. Follow along my journey, ask questions, engage in discourse, and I know you will also find a successful and balanced approach to teaching in a 21st century classroom.