I wish I could say it doesn’t seem like a year since I last posted, but sadly it does. Where have I been? You could say I have been learning the hard way just how important administrative support is to integrating technology into the classroom.
I began my new school year in 2013 totally pumped up from my Education Specialist classes and ready to implement new strategies. I was working on finishing up my research project on Internet Safety for Elementary Students and wanted to share those results. My enthusiasm was curbed in the first month of school with my new school principal and TOSA (teacher on special assignment).
The focus of instruction became focus on test scores. The driving force behind that was to read from the provided curriculum. The more I tried to implement technology, the more specifically my hands were tied. Teaching to the script would be the answer! Technology was to be drill and practice with administrative provided sites. Creativity was out the window as we needed to practice for tests by using technology to make and give more tests.
It was the most miserable year of my life.
I fought relentlessly.
Long story short, I transferred schools. The first meeting with my new principal included a conversation on the importance of free play, and project based learning! Students must learn from mistakes and given opportunity for authentic learning! A rise in test scores will come if students are motivated and engaged!
After a summer of renewing my own spirit, and presenting technology integration at various conferences throughout the state, I am now ready to teach again!