And, despite my recent slowness in posting and updating, it’s something that I intend to keep up with, as regularly as my schedule will allow, because (just like other online tools) it’s changed the way I teach.
In my defence, I’ve been keeping up with my class blog – and have quite a few Grade 1s commenting at home on their own now, which is fantastic. I’ve also had to juggle quite a bit, professionally, trying to wrap my head around teaching a Prep/1 class while keeping parents, colleagues and (most importantly) students happy. (I think I’m getting there… it’s only taken half a year!)
What are the important things I’ve learnt in the past year?
- There is an AMAZING network of teachers online – all of whom want to share and learn alongside their colleagues. We’re no longer limited to the physical staff room – the world is our staff room and we can learn so much from so many people, all over the world.
- Kids love technology (okay… I knew that one already.) Change it to: kids love technology for a purpose. Give them a tool to play with – and they’ll play with it. Give them a tool with a purpose and they’ll go places you never expected them to go.
- The (free) online tools for classrooms are endless – and all it takes is a bit of searching (and networking with others) to find what you need.
- Inspiration comes in many forms – a lot of which can be unexpected. But inspiration is what drives me. The day I stop being inspired by teaching is the day I need to stop teaching. (Same goes for being inspired by my kiddos.)
- I can teach Prep/1, running 50 minutes sessions. It’s not easy, and it can be a bit of juggling act, but I have managed to do it! (Yay!)
It’s probably not all I’ve learnt, but it’s a good list.
I do have some plans for other blog posts during the holidays, most notably a post to discuss classroom uses of Talking Points (or Talking Lids), and also one on my proposed Blog Cafe for my classroom.
Originally I did have a (silent) goal of achieving 1000 blog visitors by the end of my first year. I mucked that up by falling behind in posts. Hopefully I achieve that goal pretty soon.
So… happy birthday, blog! You’ve been wonderful and I know we’ll go on to learn many more things together! Cheers!
What have you learnt in the past year that has changed or inspired your teaching?
P.S. Soon I will be immortalised (ha!) in clip-art form with my very own clip-art persona from the very talented, Nikki from Melonheadz Illustrating! I’m rather excited – can’t wait to share it here!