I’ve been an ELA teacher for 4 years but I get bored easily…so last year, I approached my principal and asked to teach social studies or reading and instead, she asked me to help start a technology program at our school with Jonathan Best, the 8th grade writing teacher. I gladly accepted and have never regretted it. I love teaching a technology class for 2 main reasons:
- Teaching a technology class keeps boredom at bay because I have to stay on my toes and keep up with what’s new and how to teach it. You wouldn’t believe how difficult it is staying ahead of my students when it comes to what’s new and cool. Also, a technology class has built-in student investment…every child that walks through my classroom door excitedly asks to know what we’re learning that day.
I use project-based learning throughout the year, but sometimes get caught up in the “project” part rather than having the kids learning and answering BIG QUESTIONS themselves. This article is the best one I’ve read that helps differentiate PBL and mere projects. If you or someone you know would benefit from reading this article, PLEASE pass it along because it has cleared up probably about 2 years of misconceptions for me.
I’ve barely published this post and a tech-teacher friend has already given me another website that is awesome!
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